So, I’m a commercial buying, commercial coloring woman and yes, I am still natural. Being natural to me means using no chemicals that alter my hair’s texture. The commercial coloring system I use does not alter my hair’s texture nor do the commercial products I proudly buy either. The odd thing is, henna can alter your hair’s texture even though it is clearly from a natural resource – go figure!
There are many who will judge you for your choices but the key thing to remember is that no body appointed them in charge of what you do with your hair or even the authority on whether we are natural or not. Commercial products just like processed food is a personal choice and we have to respect peoples choices no matter what we think about them.
Saying someone isn’t natural is pretty much an excuse to push an idea on that person by attacking the very thing they identify with the most. I myself for a time believed that using chemical dyes some how made me not natural, but even though that was pretty closed minded of me, I did not push that way of thinking on others.
Likewise if you know a person that uses only all natural products and dyes, they are not any more natural or better than others who make a different choice.
In the grand scheme of things what does it really matter? We all really do know how to define natural hair, it is almost pointless to try to define and and redefine it every time we are faced with this argument but we understand the need to do so. We have women with texturizers wanting to fit in with that crowd, and while technically that girl is not natural, the value she places on being part of the community is what is most important.
As a community the best thing to do is know what being natural means generally and for our own personal satisfaction. After you are done with that then move on to respecting other peoples choices when it comes to taking care of their hair whether in the kitchen or in the isle at Walmart.
Have you been ridiculed for using commercial products? Comment below
Originally posted 2014-06-20 15:00:52.