Even the most hardcore natural would admit that it is, shall we say, ‘more challenging’ to look after natural hair. Of course you get used to it when you have been doing it for a while but it certainly takes more time to wash and detangle it compared to straighter textures.
In this world of instant everything where we shove frozen ready meals into the microwave and call that dinner, it seems unlikely that many of the newly natural ladies will be able to put 4 hours aside each week to look after their hair.
Once the shine of natural hair wears off and they discover that they either have no curl pattern or they can’t wear their natural curls out without spending half a day trying to remove the tangles, what then? Return to relaxers or hide their hair under weaves forever?
I will put my hands up and readily admit that I do get tired of my hair on occasion. As my hair has grown longer, wash and go’s have become impossible and the instant gratification I used to get from my styles is all but a distant memory.
While I won’t go as far as to say that I would ever live in weaves, I have been forced to keep my hair mostly in stretched styles for manageability. Waist length kinky* hair is no joke!
Some other ladies come to this same crossroads and decide that curls and not length is their priority. Blogger Curly Nikki readily admits that she has sacrificed length for big curly hair and cuts her hair back regularly.
But how about some of us who are chasing length and what happens once we get there? Will the time ever come that you don’t want a weave because your own hair is waist length?
Lots of women are constantly told that they don’t need a weave because what’s growing out of their own scalps is fine but even with HHJ’s being all the rage and protective styling not withstanding, every so often I’m sure many ladies find themselves wanting a sew in or braid extensions*. Perhaps it’s the promise of not having to deal with their own hair for a while or maybe it’s a habit picked up over the years, who knows, but the urge is definitely there for some of us.
Even though I no longer agree with the notion that this current natural hair movement will eventually die down like in the seventies, based on the numbers alone, relaxer sales are declining rapidly but hair extension sales are still going strong.
Still it makes me chuckle that while we are busy putting chemicals in our hair to turn it straight when there are folks on the other side of the world turning their naturally straight hair into afros! The grass is always greener on the other side…
I suppose the point that I’m trying to make is that perhaps the natural hair movement isn’t that deep for everyone. Many of us are rediscovering the beauty in our natural textures yet a great majority of us remain open to switching it up with hair extensions* on occasion. Whatever we decide, it seems there will always be an Asian market out there to sell us what they think we want!
Originally posted 2012-05-18 19:00:15.