Natural Hair Melodrama Is A Major Put Off When You Ain’t So Natural Yourself

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.

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About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma Ruddock


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com. I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too. My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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Celeste Jackman

love this. let the church say amen and get up and clap. im soooo sick of hair police myself that feel like they can tell you what is natural like what you write about in article. great piece.

Assetou Sinka

i don’t like the draw

Sonya Jones

Wow.