First, let me clarify what natural hair is…it is when your hair is truly in its natural state. There is no chemicals, no processing, nothing that would change the natural texture of your original hair. Most people assume that not wearing weave, but getting perms still means they are natural. That is not true. That just means that you are wearing the hair that was given to you.
Let me tell you guys a story….
I have been natural basically my entire life. I used to (and still do) wear my hair in its natural state….literally. I mean afros were my thing. However, natural hair was not accepted. Children can be cruel and ohhh were they. They were mean y’all. But now I see so many of them that are hopping on the natural train. However, they have these misconceptions in their heads that hinders them from progressing. So here are a few common misconceptions that I feel I should address.
“All Natural Hair Is Strong”
Gahlee, that is not true by any means. I have natural hair and my hair is strong BUT that is only because of the texture of my hair. Thin hair and some thick hair that is natural can be very brittle and weak. I’m not saying it is ALWAYS weak and brittle but most times it is.
“Natural Hair Can’t Be Combed”
Seriously guys, I mean come on? I have really thick but natural hair and I can definitely comb through my hair. Natural hair is similar to permed/relaxed hair in the sense of combing. You have to be careful to not over comb the hair but it can be done.
“Natural Hair Is Only For Hippies or “Soul Sistas” ‘
…..The stupidity I hear….. First of all, I know a lot of people who have natural hair and they aren’t hippies nor black. I can’t even explain that one. Natural hair is for everyone who wants to be natural and not put chemicals in their hair.
“Natural Hair Can’t Grow Long”
My hair is down my back and it is natural. It depends on how long you’ve been natural and really just your preferences. Some women find short natural hair to be suitable for them. Now, if you are constantly subjecting your hair to heat, it will break off.
“Natural Hair is Difficult and Unmanageable”
This is somewhat true… Yes, it can be difficult but only if you don’t have the proper knowledge. It does take time to detangle, get the knots out and do treatments, but by carefully caring for your hair, you can reap a full healthy head of hair.
“You Must Apply Grease to the Hair and Scalp”
NO! This can dry out your scalp y’all. Don’t listen to this one.
“Trimming Makes Natural Hair Grow.”
Even though trimming will improve the overall health of your hair by getting rid of split ends, it has nothing to do with the hair that grows out of your scalp. By trimming your hair, you are able to hold on to strands that don’t split, so you are able to see length because it’s not breaking and splitting.
“You Shouldn’t Wash Natural Hair Too Often”
I grew up hearing that you can’t wash too often because our hair is very fragile. Maybe with relaxed hair, but washing is wonderful for natural hair. However, strong shampoos can be drying. If you do use shampoo be sparing with cleaners that contain sodium laurel sulphate. If SLS is too harsh for your strands, try a “conditioner wash”, using conditioner to cleanse your hair instead of shampoo.
“Water Will Dry Out Natural Hair”
Water is the BEST moisturizer for your hair. It is your friend…..EMBRACE IT.
With that being said, I’m OUT. Thank you for reading!