Alright ya’ll – this is a rant. Consider yourselves warned, these are just my own personal opinions and pet peeves! Lemme start by saying, you know I love all forms of healthy hair. Big natural hair, sleek relaxed hair – I promise, depending on the day and which way the wind blows I want to wear my hair in nearly every style imaginable. Relaxed and natural. As you probably already know from following L4L, I hate when Black women are shamed for their style choices. Bashing relaxers, cracking on weave, turning up noses at naturals. I just want everyone to hold hands, sing Kum-Ba-Yah and grow healthy hair together!
Now, that being said…this whole team natural thing has began to grind on my last nerve. Some people are so eager to be part of the cool kids clique and jump on the bandwagon that they start claiming #TeamNatural doggone near the day they decide to transition. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone who has not retouched their hair with a relaxer in about six months tell me “No, I don’t have a relaxer…its all natural.” I literally stop *blink* and stare at their shoulder length relaxed hair and nod my head in silence. I mean, I’m not that chick who needs to school the masses. You wanna say you’re natural? Fine, be natural. But its strange to me. What’s worse is sometimes those same ladies will return to relaxing after the transition gets rough. Then they tell you “I was natural for six months.” Wait, whaaaaaaa? Girl bye, you just did a relaxer stretch. That’s all.
In fact during my many consultations while looking for a new stylist, so many women would look at my hair and say “Okay, you’re natural.” I’d immediately correct them that “No, my hair is relaxed. I have only a couple of inches of natural new growth.” They’d eye me skeptically and respond “Yeah…but….most of your hair is natural.” Huh? I have 14 inches of hair total, 2-3 is unrelaxed but you wanna call me natural? Why?
Let’s break this down. Relaxers are permanent processes. Japenese straightening treatments are permanent processes. Until ALL that hair is cut away you are not fully natural. I get it. You wanna do the latest “it” thing and upload a picture of yourself to social media with a ton of hashtags – #TeamNatural #AllMine #NoWeave #NoCreamyCrack #JustMe etc., right? I know, I know, you wanna be down…
Listen, I’ve already told you I’m tired of the whole “natural hair” phrase anyway and reasons like this is why! It’s being overused, misused and played out. My two cents!