Let me start by pointing the finger at myself because your girl loves a healthy intelligent argument with a splash of history, a little bit of drama and some honest emotion. We must admit that natural hair and everything that surrounds it is all of that and much more depending on what Facebook group or website you hit up and on what day.
We had a pretty eventful week last week, as a matter of fact if something doesn’t jump off this week, I would personally be very surprised, after all there is still a lot to debate right? “What defines natural hair”, “Can she give me advice when she has a texturizer”, “White girls do not have the same struggle”, “4C girls make less money on YouTube”, “3A girls get more likes on Facebook” and the list goes on and on.
When I started my journey, like many of us I wanted information about how to take care of my hair while it was in its natural state and how to keep it healthy. As the years flew by I realized that I learned so much about the science of hair and how it behaved that even if I was to relax I could still meet my goals this time around.
You see the problem was not that we did not have the information, granted we have much more now along with easier access, but it was the fact that we did not take the time to really figure this thing out for ourselves.
Our culture got in the way of serious education, because while YouTube was not around when I was growing up, we learned a little about hair and hair’s structure in biology class. We all had a huge set of encyclopedia’s that our parents bought for us so that we could do endless research on any topic our teacher threw at us, and if we did not have that, we had the library.
Nowadays we are lucky because we have information at our fingertips with tablets, iPads, iPhones, Google, YouTube and Wikipedia and even more awareness about how products work, what ingredients are better for our healthy strands and just how our hair ticks. However it seems sometimes that we bypass all the information that has to do with caring for our hair to focus more on the emotions behind the movement.
For instance have you ever just thrown out a question about taking care of a specific problem with your hair and somehow the people you are talking to end up in a full blow argument that has nothing to do with your conditioner or your single strand knots?
Maybe if you had just popped the knot out and kept it moving you wouldn’t be in the middle of this 3 hour controversy. (Don’t pop the knot out though, it was just an example 😉 )