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I’m writing this in response to a comment I read somewhere in cyberspace that one woman made about another woman’s comment regarding natural hair. Apparently the first woman must have said something about natural hair not being for everyone, to which the disgruntled commentator replied, “I don’t understand when people make comments like that! How can natural hair not be for you, it’s the hair you were born with?!!!”
Now, on the one hand, I can somewhat understand this very black and white declaration of frustration. That said, the world is seldom black and white. And not all naturals face the same issues (or at least not to the same degree as others). Here are the 5 (no, not 50) shades of grey that make it quite possible that the hair you were born with might not be for you (long term).
1. You Lead A Very Busy Lifestyle
If you’re like me, you might work a full-time job and then go home and work your side hustle, or maybe the rigors of your job demand long hours spent in the office or in front of a computer. You might even be juggling a career AND family! God forbid that you actually want to have a social life too. The 4 to 5 hours that it takes me to prep, wash, detangle, deep condition, detangle again, and twist my hair makes me yearn for the days of yore when I could spend two hours once a week getting a wash and set with minimal moisturizing maintenance until the next salon visit. You might not have time to fit in all your work, maintain a social life AND moisturize and seal your hair every night, and it’s likely that the hairstyles that make it easiest to care for your hair are not necessarily the ones that you want to wear while out flirting with that cute guy at the bar over cocktails. I personally am tired of feeling like I have to keep a separate appointment book for my hair. Of course this is mostly a problem if you do your own hair, but what if…
2. You Haven’t Found A Stylist You Trust
I have had issues with stylists before. There was the one who took my hair out (and if I see him again, there’s gonna be some furniture MOVING!) I also had a run-in with a woman who came recommended by a friend. Well, she wreaked havoc on my hair. The truth is, all she wanted to do was talk me into getting a texturizer or relaxer because, she said, that would allow my hair to grow to the length it formerly was (before dude jacked my hair up). When I explained that I had mid-back length hair while I was a natural (when pressed) she went behind my back and told my friend that I must have been lying because there was no way my hair could have been that long. I went to her twice, the last time I went, it was a hot summer’s day and by the time I walked the three blocks from her salon to Amoy Couture to inquire about a Brazilian Blowout, the stylists there couldn’t even believe that I had just spent nearly four hours getting my hair done.
For the record, I’m not down on ALL stylists. Since I’ve gone natural, I’ve found a couple that I liked quite a bit at higher end salons (such as Ouidad), but that brings me to number…
3. You Don’t Have The Cash To Splurge On Someone Who Specializes in Natural/Curly Hair
Let’s face it. Going to a natural hair care salon can be pricey, and understandably so! It takes time and patience (two things that many of us are short on) not to tear through those beautiful kinks (and often those dreaded tangles and knots). Natural hair stylists know this and charge accordingly. After all, if it were so easy, you wouldn’t be going to them, would you? NEWSFLASH: there is a reason why many of those natural hair salons (such as Miss Jessie’s) offer “silkeners.” And face it, it’s okay if…
4. You Miss Your Healthy Relaxed Hair
Here’s another newsflash (for some): HEALTHY RELAXED HAIR is NOT an OXYMORON. It is actually possible to have radiant, chemically straightened tresses. And if you like to wear your hair straight frequently, you will do a lot less damage over time relaxing your hair every few months (stretching is key) rather than subjecting your strands to the amount of heat that it requires to achieve, and maintain, straight natural hair (although there are a more than a few sistas out there who have succeeded at the art of “heat-training their hair). Plus, you know if the weather is humid and you have porous hair, this is an exercise in futility anyway. But perhaps the biggest reason of all for not sticking with your natural hair is…
You love enjoying the cookouts, beach waves and rooftop parties as much as the next person, but as the temps rise, so does the hair. Here are six products that will keep your style fresh and in check for those warm nights and hot summer days:
If the temperatures stay the way they have been across the nation, July 4th is bound to be abuzz with cookouts, sun and fun on the sand. Whether you’ll be playing Frisbee with your man, knocking back a few cold ones with the girls or taking in a nap underneath the umbrella, every madame likes to stay cute. Here are a few styles that will keep your hair tame instead of insane at the beach this holiday:
Braids are always in. Not only do they protect your ends from the wind and sand, but they’re instant fun. Try this fast style made famous by Ms. Gabrielle Union. Simply part near the crown, tease, secure. Gather the rest into a high pony. Secure again near the nape. Braid the rest of the way down. Lovely.
You might be considering switching up your signature curly hair for the New Year or are just on the prowl for an effective and durable flat iron. Whatever boat you’re in, we’ve got a list of flat irons that are widely used by women of color. If you’ve used any of these irons, leave your two cents and let us know what you think! PS I own the Sedu Revolution and absolutely love it!