What Does Natural Hair Mean To You?

African American woman looking thoughtfulHeat damage or any other damage is in a separate category from what natural means, damage is just damage, whether it is due to excessive heat or split dry ends. If you have four split strands in your hair those strands do not automatically become unnatural, they are just split.

The same thing goes for heat damage, if you have patches of heat damaged hair in your head, those portions are not suddenly less natural than the others, they are just damaged.

It is very difficult to separate the natural hair movement from what natural hair actually is, they seem almost one in the same but they are not. The movement is the fanfare surrounding the ‘what is natural hair’ question. It is the thing that can empower you and strip you all at the same time.

On the blogs last week we have heard many women cry foul to the natural hair movement using words to describe it like ‘Nazi’, ‘extreme’, ‘uncomfortable’ , wanting it to ‘die’ and deciding to break up with the hoopla once and for with the goal of defining their hair for themselves.

We say yes, good for you! Why not define your natural for yourself separating it from all the negativity and shenanigans. After all defining it for you does not change what grows from your scalp it just means taking charge of your own hair and beauty game without any interference from the penny section.

Sure you can identify with some aspects of the movement, and you appreciate all it has done for you whether it is in terms of your confidence, changes in lifestyle and for some dramatic changes in finances and career choices. However, gratitude is all that you owe anyone or anything that helped you on your journey, at the end of the day your hair will be defined by your own personal choices and what you are comfortable with.

Life is very cyclical; twice a child is what they say right? In this case we want to change the cycles a bit, most of us have come from a state of alienation, and hard core hate for our natural hair based on built up ridicule and shame.


We have now moved from that negativity to the point of defining it for ourselves and feeling beautiful in our own skin. Let’s take the time to enjoy that part without circling back to methods of alienation, nonacceptance and just downright ridicule that extremists tend to encourage.

It is very difficult to define natural hair for everyone else you can only define it for you so it is important to just do that, share it if you must but let the buck stop there.

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

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.

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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Comments

  1. Nidia

    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.

  2. Rinae Kay
    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!!!

  3. Charnell Scott
    Charnell Scott

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

  4. Doris StillStanding
    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?

  5. Z WillBee RQueen
    Z WillBee RQueen

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

  6. Gina Vanish
    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.

  7. Donna Coles
    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

  8. Cherry Sapp
    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 .

  9. LaShawn Walker
    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.

  10. Savon Love
    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.

  11. Lasilia Imnottheonenottoday Thornton
    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.

  12. Stacy Jenille Staton
    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?

    1. Emily

      This is ‘black hair information’ , and very useful to some, the articles we choose to write about are based on the needs of an entire community, questions we get asked, comments we read ect. Just last week alone, we had everything from holiday hair to this article exploring the emotion behind natural hair. This is not an article that involves a debate between relaxed hair vs natural hair, this is an article asking the question about what natural hair means to you if you happen to have it.

      All of the information is useful to someone maybe the next article that you see will be useful to you but not so useful to me, thats the beauty of blogging, learning from each other and listening to each others thoughts and experiences. 🙂

  13. Jasmine Peterson
    Jasmine Peterson

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

  14. Ashley

    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.

  15. Donna Campbell
    Donna Campbell

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

  16. Charice Underwood
    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. ^___^

  17. Libby

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

  18. Majorly_Mojo

    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.

  19. TMW

    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.

  20. Omo

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

  21. Malakah Angellia Gladston
    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.

  22. Cynthia Jimenez
    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 🙂

  23. Dominique Higgins
    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…

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