They Say Natural Hair Is a Trend That is Ending…

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What’s The Fuss About?

Fast forward several years later and the proverbial vultures are circling, thinking that they are smelling blood because a few YouTubers have called it quits on their natural hair journeys.

So what if some women have returned to relaxers? It has caught on among some YouTubers but honestly, it’s not that deep. Yes, there might be a handful who have come to the decision that they prefer the straight look. So what?

People have different reasons for going on a natural hair journey in the first place. Who knows? Perhaps it was always the intention of some. Perhaps they needed to prove to themselves that they could grow their hair. Perhaps they really had no idea what their texture was because they had been relaxing their tresses for so long.

Maybe for some the novelty has rubbed off or based on their regimen it is proving to be more expensive than they bargained for. To be honest, all that is ok because at the end of the day everyone makes his or her own decision.

Is there some sense of unease over this? I suppose there is to some extent. This may be for several reasons:

  • Some just joined the bandwagon so if a few of their favorite YouTubers abandon the natural hair journey they do so too.
  • Some may be fearful that they lose the one thing that they could unite around.

I even dare to say this: So what if natural hair is a and the trend is ending? We set our own trends and we can break them.


We Made A Difference

At least in that case when it comes to the beauty of our hair, if the trend ends, it would be on our terms and not because we were bullied into doing so. We managed to flood the media landscape with places dedicated to us.

We influenced policies in institutions and government, just look at what this movement has done for representation in media and the dignity of servicewomen. WE MADE AN IMPACT!

Our platforms may stop trending, but as long as the information we have learned about ourselves is there for future generations to see, natural hair will never end.

There will always be a girl somewhere with a fierce afro, and you can bet your bottom dollar that as long as there are persons outside our ethnicity who admire what we’ve got, our platforms won’t stop trending.

All I know is that even if it ever ends we’ll be back, for things have a way of coming full circle.

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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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Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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

    1. Rimmer

      You could care less??? It should be “I pretty much couldn’t care less”.

  3. Lena Killion

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

    1. 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.

      1. Rimmer

        Talk about a trend-I hate it when people say, “I know, right?”

  4. Chanda Dockery

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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!!! 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. Aliyah

    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 .

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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” .

    1. 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!

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

  19. 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…..

  20. 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!

    1. Katrina Dunbar

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

    1. Tanesha Winston

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

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