They Say Natural Hair Is a Trend That is Ending…

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Say What?

Rumour has it that natural hair is a trend that is ending. I feel all kinds of ways about this. In the first place, yes we are trending but this is not just a trend. It is a lifestyle, it is part of our identity, it is a representation of our diversity.

This isn’t just about beauty, it’s about our heritage. Those are the things at the core of the natural hair community and as long as those pillars are the foundation there will be nothing to worry about.



Perhaps before I continue a little vocabulary lesson is in order. A general Google search will reveal that:

A trend – (noun ) A general direction in which something is developing or changing.

A fashion – Simply put, trends don’t necessarily have a lasting impact and if any at all, it is superficial or on the surface.

A movement – noun 1. An act of moving. 2. A group of people working together to advance their shared political, social or artistic ideas.

Now based on these definitions and the characteristics of all, it is safe to say that the natural hair community did not just materialize and start sweeping the globe.

It has always existed to some extent and the surge created by connections over social media and the world wide web, just magnified its existence. It is, therefore, reasonable to say that the community morphed into a movement but the roots have always been there.

For this reason, we cannot be dismissed as a fad or a trend. I’m glad we could clear that up.

Why All The Talk About The Movement Ending?

Some years ago when the natural hair movement blew up big, there were many who wanted it to be a fad. When it lasted longer than they anticipated they supposed that it was a trend that would soon die a sudden death as all fads eventually do.

I can imagine that chief among those was the relaxer companies. How dare black women walk away from the creamy crack? How dare they break free of the bogus beauty standards that were systematically created to keep them feeling that they had to buy all the products out there to ‘fix’ their otherness?

What’s Their Evidence?

The way our world runs, you can’t just say something and expect us all to buy it hook line and sinker. We need proof. Show us your evidence. I wouldn’t even be surprised if they cite some misrelated rhetoric filled with manufactured facts. But we’ll show ours first.

According to social media analysis tool Spredfast there were 554,048 posts using the hashtag #naturalhair on Instagram in the first two months of 2017. The posts received 1,646,842 comments and 81,303,058 likes.

When you assess the situation, you’ll notice that even if they insist on relegating the movement to trend status, the very fact that we are having this discussion proves that it is here for the long haul. Think about it, if fashion trends change about as often as one changes underwear, then this is not based on fashion solely and it is not a trend.

Yes, many wanted it to fail, even many of our own kind. They just didn’t see why it was necessary to have a movement that taught you how to embrace your kitchen and your shrinkage. To them, it was a regressive step.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing.After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing.After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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103 Comments on "They Say Natural Hair Is a Trend That is Ending…"

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Ashley Elaine Plummer

I know lots of females that went natural because everyone around them was doing it and now they are going back relaxed because they don’t know what to do and don’t want to put in the work. Let’s face it very few black women do things that aren’t a trend

TaShuna Lattimore

It is a lot of work indeed.

Gwendolyn Carter

Yes it’s alot of work but it’s worth it if you’re willing to do the work I love it 💞

Hana Cheatom

I love my natural hair. I went natural for me, specifically my health. I’ve never been a follower, so I could pretty much care less what everyone else is doing. #justdoyou

Lena Killion

If it was a trend for them then I’m glad it’s ending. Ridiculous. #Teamnatural BEFORE it was a fad.

Yvette Martin

Natural hair his not a “trend”! It’s who we were made to be!

Chantel Monique Hosea

Natural hair is not a trend, it’s a life changing decision that does not end

Carolyn Haynes

I’m with both so it doesn’t matter to me.

Huvie Joe

My hair is not a trend ✌ #GodmadeMeThisWay

Ini

I know right? A trend as if my hair is ‘suddenly going to stop growing in a tight curl? Listen it’s not like dying your hair, you don’t ‘decide’ how it’s going to go so it’s embarrassing that WOC especially feel they can describe a genetic trait as a ‘TREND’, damn shame.

Bretagne Monique

I say ppl can do whatever they want with their own hair and it’s not anyone else’s concern.

Mercedes Jackson

Every black woman I deal with personally has natural hair soooooooooooooo….
Dis accurate?

Chanda Dockery

Don’t No Body Say That. Stop Lying, Damn You Could Still Print The Truth. It Won’t Kill You, l Promise

Lashon White

#TeamNatural

Leslie E. Davenport

Creamy crack…I won’t be going back!

Melissa L Jones

How about #TeamHealthy hair. Who gives a f**k what you decide to wear your hair

London Wilson

I hope that’s a lie

Raynisha Renee Jackson

it never left in the first place..it was just overshadowed by relaxers.

Jewel Beamon

#teamdoyou

Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe

I will never relaxed my hair so yes, it is not a trend for me. I love and embrace my God given tresses…natural hair works for me #naturalforlife #teamnatural

Mírian Dos Anjos

We were born this way. Is not trend. Since we as kids, society put in our heads that our hair is uglly and have a “right way” to use this: relaxed. Why? To look like white people hair. I dont need to look like other people to be acceptable. Now black women know the power and beauty about your own hair. A lot of black womem dont know how to take care of natural hair because never did this before. Lets go. It’s time to learn how to love and take care of our hair. #teamnatural #brazil

glorious brunson

The media is sooo thirsty these days…how in hell can the hair on my head..that I was born with..be a damn trend…REALLY????gtfoh….now go and trend that!!! 🙂

Jessica Jones

I did a big chop on my hair and went natural I love results in the winter I get box braids but the summer I wash it everyday and wear my natural afro I love it no trend here.

iammastar21

The way my hair grew out of my scalp is NOT a trend . It’s a life style ! Even if every black woman went back to relaxers, I would still embrace my natural hair .

Nebraska Jones

Who is “they,” because I’m sure nobody asked “them.”

NubianPrize

Must be a rumor put out by relaxer companies. Most of my black women friends have natural hair : Afros, locs, sisterlocs, braids, twists & press n curl.

Nea Mack

I’m #TeamHealthyHair

Cheryl Amari's MiMi

#TeamNatural …… I went natural because I was tired of putting perm in my hair and burning it out. Being natural is easy and I can color when I want, straight when I want or wear it natural. Natural you are versatile.

Adhana Lahab Guggino

Who is “they”? Just need to stop spreading these conversations around. We don’t need permission to look like who we are and that includes hair.

Christal A Jenkins

I don’t even know anymore lol each do was a challenge for me relaxer and natural

Tracy Mendoza

As much as a I love the idea of being natural and have been for six yrs. Gone are the days where I wear my hair out. It’s been wigs, weaves and braids for the last 4 yrs. My hair just refuses to comply. I never get that black girl magic twist out. I always end up looking like Harriet Taubman grandniece.

Nohs Guy

#TeamRelaxed

Latonya Yvonne Westry

Not for me #TeamNatural

Candace Tyree

Lies and it’s not a trend this is life

BD P. Billups

I have been wearing a weave to take a break, but I am not getting rit of my natural hair not to mention all these darn products

Shanette Holloway

I went natural because my fibroid cyst kept growing on my uterus on the left side an my ovaries on the right side. 11 months after I went natural I got pregnant with my third child after 21 years. I will never go back to get a relaxer.

Diane RhineHart

No natutal hair is not a trend. Trends last a short time, women have been going natural for years now. It’s just now getting more attention.

Cheyenne Grimes

In my opinion its not a trend….. Its black women waking up and realizing that their hair is beautiful the way it has grown out of their hair without out the damage they put on it to make it look like someone else’s

Cassandra Hawkins

That’s right…my natural hair is not a trend…it’s simply mine

Joy Blakey- Boles

I’m natural for life💋💋

Jamila Kelly

it IS. trend. Why else would everyone just start doing it all off a sudden? A few years ago… not even that long maybe 3 or 4? No on the cared.. now its like you “aren’t black” unless you have natural hair. Its actually really sad. I’ve seen the natural vs relaxed debate go on way to long and just girls going at each other over hair in the black community…sad. It shouldn’t matter what you have on your head, but we put so much emphasis on it and tel each other that natural hair is better instead of just encouraging each other’s hair choices. I like wearing wigs, but heaven forbid because apparently it means i don’t like myself or “who i am” .

Ebony Frank

How is something that grows out of your own head a trend?

Lisa Ballard

History will always explain and make it clear! When I saw how slave owners used our hair to stuff their furniture chairs for padding……. so not a trend! So not just a style!

Shirley Graham

Well I’m from the old school and we wore a Angela Davis Fro back in the ’70’s. So it’s not all of a sudden. It’s all about how you want to wear your hair. Be your OWN woman and do whatever pleases you.

Keina Esther

I went natural the first time in 1999 but I had no idea how to do it so I just wore a braid down the back. Relaxed it about a year later. Went natural again in 2008 and been natural since. I actually appreciate my hair and will not relax it.

Brittney Holland

No matter how much you try to dress it up, going natural is definitely a trend. Just like the fro in the 70s. I see a lot of females nowadays that are natural doing twist outs to manipulate their actual curl pattern so it can look like something it’s not; that also is a trend. Even if it grows out of your head, you can’t change the definition of what a trend is. Embrace it. You’re trending.

Joycelyn Cannon

I’ve been natural for the past 5 years. I think black women in general put way too much emphasis on our hair when we should be supporting, encouraging, empowering, and lifting each other up. We are not our hair…..

Rosalyn Mackay

I think black women find too many reasons to criticize each other.

Faith Steele

Lies

Maureen Renee

Hair is just that Hair! Do you however you choose to do You! In the scale of what all is going on in the world…..its just hair!

Johari Kafi

Nope. Not a trend for me. It’s ending for all the fake narurals lol. Bye.

Katrina Dunbar

Exactly. Those that are following what everyone else is doing. My return to natural is permanent.

Ronnie Natasha Renee

Whose the “they” that are saying this they people who Can’t get their hair like ours? I wonder…

Kisha Davis

I wanted to know who THEY was too…THEY need to shut the hell up..🤔🤔🤔🤔

Patrice Dixon

It’s not a trend it’s black women waking and realizing their beauty and learning to to accept themselves flaws curls waves and all regardless of hate hateful and discriminatory society can be when it comes to black womens beauty and uniqueness.

Birdena Drayton

People just do you. If you like natural hair continue with it. If you want straight hair then by all means keep your hair straight. This article is a joke.

Ingrid Sylvia Pascal Singh

Who is “they” and why does their opinions matter

Kisha Davis

Yes… Who is THEY, cause THEY don’t speak for US… I feel ya👍

Jayde Doughty

Natural is not a trend and neither is wearing weaves.

Valerie LaShelle

well lets see went natural in oct 2010 permed in dec 2014 went back natural in july 2015 as I prefer texture in my hair.have not cut my hair since feb 2016. (i know yall didnt ask all that) i said all that just to say for some of us it really is a preference and not a trend

Tanesha Winston

Exactly it’s a preference…. I’m fine with people doing whatever they want or what works for them

Kendis Mills

Relxaed

Saundra Robinson

It’s a choice not a trend…we can rock any style, natural or straight!

Tanya Betton

Natural hair trend started way too late for me.

Lynn Fleur

Why is it natural hair? Why is growing long hair so shocking to people? If you eat well, take care of the hair that comes out of your head it wouldn’t be all nappy looking in the first place. It’s not natural hair, it’s YOUR hair!

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