This is by no means a new debate, but one I never seem to get tired of. People are always coming up with really good points about what natural hair is exactly. Yes, we all know that relaxers and texturizers are not natural, no debate about that, but what about straightening with heat? Personally, I still call the folks who use heat natural, no matter how often they straighten. Some have argued that if the heat changes your curl pattern then you are no longer natural, but that can happen after ONE instance of straightening, and many women do not straighten with the intent to alter their natural texture? So why do we have to kick them off of the island?
The always entertaining Vida Starr addresses the issue further at Life Star Beauty, and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts as well. For me, the whole thing gets to be a little complicated, and I don’t like to tell someone they aren’t natural unless they are trying to loosen their curl pattern on purpose and express that to the masses. To be frank, the whole thing gets to be a little “natural nazi-ish” to me – feel free to confront me on that. I mean think about it…I’ve never straightened my hair, but what if I decide to ONCE in order to do a length check, or to trim my ends, and my curls aren’t quite the same? At the same time, what if someone wears their hair straightened ALL the time, but took great care of their curls and kept up with deep treatments and protein treatments, so if they chose to wear their hair curly, the pattern had not changed? How can we say they aren’t natural? Admittedly, I would say they are natural but often wear their hair straight, which is not a natural state obviously, but they’re still sippin’ pina coladas on the island with me.
So what say you?
xoxo….ps, go Netherlands!!!