What Does Natural Hair Mean To You?

African American woman with natual kinky hair smirkingIf you Google the question “what is natural hair?” one of the first websites to pop up will be Wikipedia, defining natural hair as

1. Afro Textured hair

2. Hair that is unadorned and uncolored, virgin non-chemically relaxed or otherwise in its natural state.

For me natural hair is not just afro textured hair; natural hair is any hair on any head that is virginal in composition.

If you prefer to use a general, almost raw perspective then picture a shaved head completely bald that is just starting to show a few little hairs peaking through the scalp, that hair is what is considered your natural hair.

It is built from your own personal DNA, the hair that you haven’t chemically or mechanically altered in any way. If you choose to relax your hair, you have decided to permanently change the way your hair looks as it grows out of your scalp making curly hair straight.

For me, the definition of natural hair is just that, it is hair that has not been altered to the point that it does not behave as your DNA dictates it to.

In our community and maybe in others as well there is a  lot of confusion and chatter surrounding what is natural? Who is natural? Are you still natural if you use color? Are you still natural if you use heat?

Some of the questions sometimes come with a flare of arrogance mixed with a little drama and some of them are truly honest questions that many of us need answers to.

Defining natural hair from a practical or scientific perspective is not really what this post is about, but it is important to know what it means in its most basic form first before exploring all the surrounding additives that come with the concept of natural hair.

With that said, relaxing your hair does not change your new growth; all it changes is the structure of the exposed strand itself. If you use heat properly, there is no permanent damage to the hair strand and your hair remains natural regardless of you using a flat iron or blow dryer.

Originally posted 2013-12-09 15:00:13.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Tisha Brown


Desiree MsDes Eberhart

No relaxer

Michelle Marisa



Natural hair to me mean wearing it unaltered by chemicals or heat.

It means that I can finally be myself, I can be real without any airs,flares or pretense.

Denise Stewart

Appreciating, loving and working with my God given texture.

Rinae Kay

I love mine!!!! Wore weaves n wigs for 20 years…I’m finally embracing my transitioned to natural hair and I love it!!!! I love the “is that all hers?” Stares!!!

Alisha Waxter

Hair in its natural state

Lisa Dennis Carter

It means pony tales because it’s too much work lol

Charnell Scott

Loving yourself from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet… No relaxers be real be yourself

Yinka Fedden


Doris StillStanding

Hi. Im 15,my natural hair means everything to me. I grew up with the believe that straight hair rocks. For years,i’ve been laughed at for how big and stupid my hair was,but now i decided to not listen to jealous girls. I love my thick short hair. Im 7months into transitioning and its fun,cheap and healthy. You can see my hair on my profile pic. Ladies,our hair is beautiful. Can we please love it?

Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton

i commend you on your choice. congratulations on your journey.

Rosemary Williams

Lot of work

Aaliyah Jones

No relexer no heat all natural things.

Shafer Lewis

She needs a perm bad

Z WillBee RQueen

Free to be 100% naturally me just being Bree! #no artfical flavor or color & no added preservatives, lol

Sierra Watson


Tangela Burnett

My hair

Yvonne Murphy

Working through

Gina Vanish

Acceptance of how my hair grows from my scalp. Not destroying my hair with harsh chemicals to make it do what it’s not meant to do.

Renata Mckinney


Kourtney Lewis

A hard time

Denise Hanley

Freedom to express me.

Donna Coles

Whether I chose to wear it kinky, braided or flat ironed, Natural hair to me is hair untouched by chemical straighteners.
I personally find it easier to wash, condition, blow dry and flatiron my hair.
I’ve done the braids (not becoming on my face and head) I’ve done the twist out (never looked anything like the ladies I’d see in pictures) just a hot mess. So my natural locks are flat ironed. It works for me

Cherry Sapp

It means that I am not ashamed of what texture God chose to give me . Also appreciate how he see me and not try to be like any one else . I love my hair I enjoy taking care of it and touching it .

LaShawn Walker

Hair that has not been chemical treated. No big deal. Women have been natural for years. It’s still hair composed of protein keratin. Each strand has a medulla, cortex and cuticle. Hair- a women’s grown of Glory.

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Meaning loving me just as I am , except I am not ready yet:) weaves until!:)

Savon Love

Tender headed, Blow dryer combs not built to last, Pain killers, Hair that doesn’t last a week because it draws up so bad. It just shows other women u have natural hair. My budget doesn’t allow me to keep up with salons even tho natural hair requires more up keep. I can go on.

Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton

relaxer free hair———– but some naturals will try and argue that you cant color your hair either, which makes no sense to me , especially since the hair is still in its natural texture.

Shamera Tillman

Inspiration..#relaxed and tired of it!

Stacy Jenille Staton

I liked this page because I wanted black hair information. But during that past week I’ve have only been seeing natural vs. relaxed debates. Can you go because to posting useful information about maintaining healthy hair whether relaxed or natural?

Jasmine Peterson

It means ‘Natural Beauty’. It means I have excepted myself and no longer choose to be what society want me to be.


Wearing my hair natural means no relaxer. For me, natural hair has also been a journey of self-discovery. I have so much appreciation for the hair that grows out of my scalp, and it saddens me to think of the generations of Black women across the globe who had nothing but disdain for their own naturally curly, kinky, coily hair.

I am proud that not a week goes by without someone making a positive comment about my hair. I am proud of my African heritage and am glad that the world is now beginning to see our natural beauty! No one else has hair like us. We are blessed.

Antonia Lachelle

Expressing the real me!

Shari Powell

Hair that is growing out of my scalp.

Donna Campbell

Freedom and knowing myself, being comfortable and happy with who I am, I am unique AND I LOVE IT

Kimberly Champion


Ebony Wooden

Completely loving myself for who I am

Charice Underwood

Hi Im Charice. Although i did a major change in my life i chopped my relaxed hair off and starting going natural, i support girls with relaxed hair too. When i had my perm i loved it but you know what i chopped it so it can grow. I think every woman is beautiful in her own way relaxed or not. ^___^

Twana Burtis

Freedom from perms!


To me natural hair means to reconnect to my culture whatever it may be.


There are so many meanings behind the the term “natural” but I would have to agree with my dictionary which says “existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.” To me this means no alteration what so ever, pressed, perm, extentions etc. You wouldn’t walk around with these styles claiming you are natural because it’s not true. I call it like it is, if I am wearing a wig I say this is a wig, if am wearing my natural hair I say this is my natural hair. I think there are some people who are digging too much on the term…call it like it is it’s just hair lol.


Now that I’m past my transition and I’m 100% natural (for me that means no chemicals) I’m the happiest I have ever been with my hair… I actually smile at it every morning. Why did I wait so long to do this is beyond me. I had my 1st professional hair cut this past weekend after 2 years 4 months of transitioning. Today was a rainy day and instead of going straight or flopping around lifeless or dead my 4C hair looked EVEN better than it did when I was in the house and I didn’t use an umbrella all day. The rain just made my ‘fro softer. So for me natural = happy and also = freedom.


Being me. God-given gifts, accepted and appreciated by me.

Deanna Sheppard

Too much damn work

Malakah Angellia Gladston

What does being black mean to you?
There’s no difference between the two questions. I was born black, I was born with my wooly hair. That’s it.

Cynthia Jimenez

Yes a lot of work, I have to wet mine to pick it out 🙂 but best thing you can do a lot of styles as fros, twisties, braids, pick tail , pony tail 🙂

Leishunda Rideout

It shows off my heritage and I’m learning how to work with my natural hair and I love it

Suzie Brooks-Calvaire

Means being Me, Myself and I. Love being natural even if I truly admit that it is a lot of maintenance

Andrea Angie Tater

Versatility in styles; wet, wavy, straight or the bun 🙂

Dominique Higgins

It means I love where I come from and in turn my daughter will love where she came from. My hair is a part of my beauty so why not be a natural…