Posted By Laquita Thomas-Banks On May 4, 2009 (12:01 am) In Beauty
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What actually defines “˜natural’? Does it have a “˜hip-hop”˜ definition? Is it a culture, a movement associated with style/ fashion, or is it a state of mind? I decided to take my question into the natural hair community and I discovered some insightful viewpoints.
My definition of natural is hair that has not been treated with any chemical designed to alter the texture. I like to make that distinction because the chemicals in hair color developer alter the texture. However, the purpose of hair color is not to alter texture, i.e. straighten, curl, etc.
I consider myself natural even though I color my hair. I know that a lot of purists do not agree with me on this issue. I decided to stop relaxing so that I could ensure my hair was as healthy as possible. When I see sisters with locks that have been colored, I still consider them natural as well.
Natural means no chemicals to straighten, or curl hair. I have been without a wig, weave, perm, silkener, jherri curl, relaxer, since 1994. I have worn my hair in a big fro, twa, twists, braids, and now this is my second set of locks. Personally, I believe that most people put chemicals in their hair because we were taught not to love our natural hair.
Wearing my hair in its natural state helps me claim myself and remove the “whitewashing” that was done to me since childhood. My goal is not to have long hair, but healthy hair. I feel that if you wear a wig or weave, you are still natural. You haven’t altered your hair from its natural state.
Another thing, it has to be hair that is grown from YOUR scalp… buying a nappy ponytail puff and pinning it to your hair does not turn you into a natural head ““ no matter how much you paid for it.
Therefore, natural in natural hair means sacred, fluent, beautiful, passionate, self affirming, confident, successful, soft, bouncy, cute, chic, sugar and spice and all things nice……..oh and FIERCE (finger wiggling Tyra style!) all lengths and textures.
I sought products with main ingredients that came from nature. These products were free of sulfate, silicone and alcohol. This awareness urges me to be more conscious of everything I put on and in my body, mind and soul. Hence a natural lifestyle vs. natural hairstyles.