Yup, I’m going there. I’m taking about some of the stupidest, silliest, and downright insulting assumptions that are made about natural haired women. We all get them from time to time and what makes it so shamefully sad is that many of these assumptions or stereotypes come from other women, co workers friends and even family members.
There are countless things to say about natural haired women that are positive, polite and perfectly right but if you’ve been natural for a while those comments are not as prevalent as the ones we’ll be discussing. Without further ado here are my top 10 stereotypes that naturalistas have to deal with daily:
Naturals are political rebels
Seriously? We are not all waiting on the revolution to bum rush some white folks and reclaim our freedom? I’m not even feeling this one. Don’t get me wrong, some of us are lost in the struggle against equality as we wear blinders and pretend racism doesn’t exist but to assume if I choose to wear Locs or a fro that I”m down for the cause (whatever that may be) is just silly.
All Naturals are Vegan or Vegetarian
OK, I am a meat loving fiend and me and the pig go way back so if you think I’m giving up ham, bacon or a good juicy burger for some tofu there will be an actual revolution.
How does natural hair automatically indicate that a person is vegan? I’m not even a vegetarian and eat meat with almost every meal and before you judge me remember, I am willing to fight over my right to eat meat, and dairy products.
Natural are tree-hugging fanatics
Lawd, someone stop the madness. I love nature as much as the next person but I am not trying to save the entire planet by myself by swearing off electricity or being one with nature. I hate camping and the thought of sleeping on the ground or even a tent will make me break out in hives.
I don’t even like squirrels! Don’t assume we all belong to PETA and will throw paint on your fur and actually, if I could afford real fur I would be sporting it myself. Again don’t judge me, just keeping it all the way real.
They make all of their own products
I get it, many of us can whip up something for our tresses but that is not the majority. It is kinda obvious that we all do not mix stuff because the beauty and hair isle is FILLED with natural hair products and someone must be buying them.
Not everyone is a mixtress or a DIY’er and wants to deal with creating a deep treatment mask with every item in the kitchen. Product junkism is real ya’ll and some of us are in serious need of some rehab, we definitely are not all up in our kitchens like mad natural hair scientists.
They think natural hair (especially locs) is dirty
This is one that needs to die quickly. I am so tired of people thinking natural hair is dirty or never gets wet. Excuse me? I wet my hair daily and I know many others that do as well, so can we stop this negativity that is swirling around locs and them being dirty?
I have a family member who has to say something negative about a friend of mine every chance they get with the “She could finally find a man if she gets them dirty things out of her hair”. Girl, bye!