Here are our thoughts:
1. How you care for your hair is your right – At the end of the day what you do with your hair is entirely up to you, if you think using a silkener will make your life easier and give you your desired look then go for it.
If you are an all natural sistah and you want nothing to do with chemicals then a silkener might not be for you.
2. Do you still have natural hair if you have a silkener – No, natural hair is hair that is not chemically altered, that is our rule of thumb, so the hair that is growing from your root is natural, the rest is chemically altered. Somehow as human beings we like to belong to a group or box, so we are forced to try to fit in and this causes a few technical arguments that are sometimes way too unnecessary.
If you have a silkener, say so, if you have a relaxer, say that too. To be honest this whole movement is a lot about hair, but its more about sisterhood and healthy hair.
3. Does using a silkener mean you hate your natural texture – That is a matter of opinion and something you should ask yourself why you are doing it. It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks the only thing that matters is what you think.
Some women are not phased by the whole being wholeheartedly natural thing, some women see their hair as an accessory and treat it like that. That means, they might color it, wear a weave*, get a texturizer, get a hair cut, wear a wig*, go bald, they have fun without the biases, interpretations or even anyone else’s opinion.
Now that we are at the point in the movement where we have explored all aspects of natural hair, we have had fun, had parties and most of all learned how our hair works it is time for us to come to terms with all levels of acceptance.
This means not everyone is going to have hair like yours or even ‘do’ there hair like you do. If you sell products be completely honest about your product and process so that the entire community can make an informed decision and be ok with it.
Phew, that was a mouthful, in other news did you hear that Miss Jessie is partnering with weave* company Indique for a summer campaign? We cant wait to see what they come up with and how this can revolutionize protective styling if at all possible. We say good luck!
Would you use a silkner? Speak your truth below.
Originally posted 2014-05-26 15:00:45.