Oh no she di-in!
The commenter of course has her own blog where she sings the benefits of twists, braids, a popular conditioner brand that she loves and occasional posts about make up. Like children, men can be brutally honest sometimes. ‘Hahahah’ my husband laughed. ‘She’s telling people not to color their hair and in this picture she’s got her afro, bright red lipstick and that black stuff you women put on your eyes’. Ah yes 21st century make up, the most natural thing known to man.
I mean seriously, we all know that a lot of the things we come into contact with in our daily lives are full of unnatural chemicals, some of which are confirmed carcinogens and many of which can be found it the cosmetics we use. And instead of working together to come up with ideas and alternatives to these harmful products, we are busy dissecting the meaning of ‘natural hair’, a term I might add that means absolute zippo to people of other races.
‘Isn’t all hair natural?’ my white colleague once asked me when I tried to explain the premise of what I write about. Looking at what I believe to be the true definition of natural hair – It is hair that has not been chemically or mechanically altered. That would obviously rule out conditioning, combing and especially braiding.
When you start ranking people’s personal natural hair stories into a competition where one is judged on their degree of natural-ness, you turn the whole natural movement into an exclusive club that no average person really wants to be a part of. I’ll pass on the #teamnatural for now thanks, I’d rather be unrelaxed.
I am a grown woman and I refuse to be told off like a schoolgirl for stretching my roots with heat because I dont like the thick roots look. I will certainly not be berated for flat ironing my hair when I get bored of wearing a twist out. It’s only hair right?
I’m far from perfect myself but I believe that aspiring to live a natural life and reducing your chemical load is a far better pursuit of anyone’s time. Think about that next time you walk out of the house with your twist out and your facepaint on.
Originally posted 2012-11-06 19:00:46.