I like to speak correctly, yes I’m one of those annoying people who like to correct grammar when it is glaringly wrong. So you know there’s a problem when I use the colloquialism ain’t in the title of this post.
I went to a natural hair event a few days ago had an interesting time trying to condense the wisdom that I’ve gathered about hair in the last 4 years 3 months and 4 days into a shampoo recommendation or the best way to style natural hair. No mean feat I’ll tell you!
Anyway my hubby, who had come with me for support, didn’t understand the hair melodrama and passion bordering on hysteria that natural hair advocates seem to be shrouded by. While I suppose I’m lucky that I don’t have a ‘My-Mama-Put-A-Relaxer-In-My-Hair-When-I-Was-4-And-After-Transitioning-To-Natural-I-Have-Now-Discovered-The-Real-Me‘ type story there are plenty of people out there who have found that they are finally at peace with themselves after accepting their natural hair texture. A fact that I patiently explained to my husband.
Now I know a few of you may disagree with me but this is something that I have noticed a lot in the natural hair community and it gets on my last nerve: Judgmentalism.
Anyway, when we got home and I was looking through my blog feeds on curlynews, I came across an article that had a bunch of comments where everyone was giving their own opinion on what they considered to be natural hair.
There were the usual diverse opinions and it wasn’t long until the natural nazi’s made their appearance. I was particularly taken aback by a comment that talked about how ladies who color their hair have no business calling themselves natural and that they all seemed really desperate to be seen as part of #teamnatural.