Are You Really Natural If You Use Commercial Brands?

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Have you ever been disrespected to the point where you have to wonder does she even know what she is talking about? And since she doesn’t, should I even be mad? Before you start wondering what I am even talking about, allow me to explain. I have been accused of not being natural because I use commercial brands and commercial dyes to color my hair. The accusation was so ridiculous I almost wondered if it was real.

Then I thought there is still confusion and an insatiable need for women to find ways to fight and separate themselves from one another. But since it apparently is an issue, lets explore it for ‘fun’. Can you really call yourself all natural if you are a product junkie that has a bathroom overflowing with a product from every curly, coily, kinky hair line known to woman?  Or can you call yourself natural if you choose Revlon over henna to dye your hair?

The answer is yes and call me a big sell out if you want to, but we all don’t have to wash our hair with rainwater, caught in a real barrel that used to have whiskey in it nor do we have to use hand grown items from the garden with real compost as fertilizer for our hair products, to be natural.

Now don’t get me wrong I am not making fun of any mixtress that is making her own products. What I am making fun of are the folks who feel to be natural you must be tied to this notion of what they perceive as natural.

One of the reasons I got ridiculed was because I have used a non-natural coloring product. The thing is I tried, I really did try the natural coloring route, I tried a few natural hair coloring recipes I found on the web. I picked up the organic honey, the chamomile tea, and a few other products that are still in the pantry collecting dust.

I was eager and ready to give this a go and even did a few blog posts on it. It was a big, fat fail. I just KNEW I was gonna be a honey glowing light browned diva last Summer and couldn’t wait to share my new color with the world. For me it didn’t do a darned thing but make three ugly messes in my small kitchen.


I did consider henna, but for all of two seconds as the thought of red hair frightened and appalled me. Granted, I love red hair on other heads just not on mine, I thought I would look like Orphan Annie or Bozo the clown considering my luck.

So I went the commercial route and I LOVED my hair. I used Shea Moisture Hair Coloring Systems with no regrets. Of course the product is not natural but it has no parabens, sulfates nor ammonia and that was ok with me.

Originally posted 2014-06-20 15:00:52.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner

Everyones personal opinion one being natural is different.
This i don’t understand..
How can the natural community be so divided..? Riddle me that!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

We have several divisions within our community!!!

Rochelle Corilette Liyah Warner

And we shouldn’t at all.

Riiah Baptiste

It’s funny that this article shows up on my feed as I’m sitting here with the Shea Moisture color in my hair (for the 3rd time this year) Lol. I’ve been told that I’m not natural since I color my hair, I’m going to go bald, etc but I don’t give a hell what your opinion is. My hair is between bra strap and mid-back length and still growing. My texture hadn’t changed and I’m going to keep coloring and calling myself natural because that’s what I am. I don’t have any chemicals in my hair that have altered the texture I was born with. One thing that I dislike about the natural hair community is the need for some to slap a label on everybody and put people into little boxes. Why can’t we just embrace each other as beautiful natural women regardless of hair color or type? It’s sad.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Do you, boo!!!

DaNee Cunningham

Yea idk why ppl say straightening your hair isn’t natural.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Some folks just got to say something!

Deondra Davis

Lol, well I guess I’m not natural either, because I eventually want to color mine too, I press it out twice a year to trim, and I buy store bought products, that’s not necessarily always a natural line! Smh, I feel the same way she does about being natural when she said natural is anything that doesn’t change your texture, hair dye doesn’t make you not natural just like wearing weave over your natural doesn’t change you from being natural, to me it’s just called a change up or new style!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Thanks for understanding

DaNee Cunningham

Lol soon ppl gone be like “I don’t see chemical, I see ppl”

BlackHairInformation.com

thats hilarious!!…

Shanice Sahel

Who entertains what naturals have to say. The same ones who only had their own hair for less than five years? The ones who still use race as a defined for hair? The ones who don’t want 4c hair but will still say that 4c chick is mixed because her hair is long. Naturals can get gone and let people do weh dem ah go do! None of their business yes I’m natural

Mo Cox

I don’t understand why people are making this ‘natural’ thing difficult. You’ve either chemically processed your hair or you haven’t.

Kelly Jamila

who cares. I don’t know why what I do to my hair painfully and slowly kills other people and why they care either ! Geeeeet offff meeee

NubianPrize
NubianPrize

WHY ARE WE STILL HAVING THIS STUPID MYOB CONVERSATION ???!!! You use WHAT WORKS for your hair ! JEEZ this fighting about hair ignorance is APPALLING !