Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Is Natural Hair for everyone?


Picture from eHow Style

There are different kinds of reasons why people go natural. I will list some of the reasons why people go natural. Religious purposes, some people do not like relaxers, following the ‘Team natural’ trend, making a fashion statement, having a healthier hair and some other reasons I don’t know of.

Whatever your reason for going natural, be sure you are prepare to see it through as lack of knowledge can lead to hair frustration. Don’t like say ‘wow, Tina’s hair is so nice and its all natural, I am going to go natural too.’ You need to know what exactly Tina does to make her natural hair look nice and be sure you can go through the same routine before you take that big step.

The simple truth is that African Natural Hair requires more discipline and dedication to maintain. If you hear otherwise, you should doubt it seriously. The good news is that there are always ways to surmount every challenge in life, and the natural hair challenges are not any different.

Have you ever asked yourself what our core African ancestors did in the olden days when there were no relaxers? At least, we have never heard that their combs kept breaking or that they had constant headaches. It only goes to show that there were some things they did to their hair then which some of us are not aware of.

Overtime, this blog will be of immense help to African natural hair carriers, as we will be sharing tips and helping each other out.

So to answer the question asked in this topic, the answer is Natural Hair can be for everyone, but the reality is that it will never be. This is because not everyone will have the time and patience to go through with the maintenance routine that natural hair requires. For those that have determined to go through with it, I must tell you that it is a journey well worth the effort.


15 comments :

  1. Nice one, sista. As one who has been on the 'completely natural' journey coming up to a year now, I'm intrigued by your new venture and wish you every success.

    Looking forward to reading more and sharing ideas.

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  2. Good one. I have natural hair but I don't wear it, I almost always have extensions on. I am keeping my natural hair so I can grow long healthy hair, for me it's not a fashion or trend thing.I am excited to learn from you :)

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  3. i've also wondered how our ancestors did it in the old days and yes, they were able to manage their hair. It makes me believe that anyone can handle their natural hair

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  4. It just thought of it; "How did my mum and granny manage natural hair?" I need to ask my mum. I believe it requires patience cos I tried out Anita baker and ‎​you know the back goes natural,it wasn't as easy as I bargained.

    Will follows yours and see what I can do with mine cos I'm interested(not for any fashion feeling or religious purposes ‎​ℓ☺ℓ)It just thought of it; "How did my mum and granny manage natural hair?" I need to ask my mum. I believe it requires patience cos I tried out Anita baker and ‎​you know the back goes natural,it wasn't as easy as I bargained.

    Will follows yours and see what I can do with mine cos I'm interested(not for any fashion feeling or religious purposes ‎​ℓ☺ℓ)

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  5. Nice!
    This post has clearly inspired me on my Natural hair move! I need all the help I can get cuz right now im clueless!
    And u are right about what they did back then when there were no relaxers--now that makes me think!!

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  6. I'm still grooming my cut hair as natural. Let's see how it goes.

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  7. Finally, a natural hair blog for Africans lol. I went natural because relaxers hurt and my permed hair was fine/thin and never grew past a certain length. It is hard for me to believe my natural hair will grow really long as well but I am willing to give it a shot and if nothing else, my hair is thicker now although I am still a fine haired natural. I have been natural for 3 years or so myself but have had to keep cutting my ends as the hair grew because I tried a texturizer which served to thin my ends as the new growth came in. I also have some breakage/thin areas around my crown which I think may be from single braids, because the braider would always comb my hair with a small, fine tooth comb to detangle/tame the hair before applying the extensions and me having tangles, breakage after taking braids down. My hair goals are to try more protective styles, stick to henna, avoid single braids unless i do them myself or have a gentle stylist. Ok i feel like I just told my life story :)

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  8. Thinking of going natural as well...I just hate the after-wash shrinkage. So annoying!

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  9. @ Naijalines: Thanks. Up to a year, right? I hope you stay on the 'journey' for longer

    @ 9JaFOODie: Healthy hair is a good reason to keep natural hair. I hope that as the blog unveils, you will rock it more i.e. without extensions

    @ stelzz: Yes o, anyone can! Thanks

    @ os: Thanks for coming, Lol @ we were born with it

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  10. @ enybees: Please, ask your mum, so you can share with us. We need to learn from the 'wise elders' here.

    @ Giagerry: Glad that you are inspired. I am hoping that this blog will really be of help to 'clueless' you

    @ Sisi Yemmie: Thanks

    @ Myne: I am sure it won't go too bad at all

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  11. @ koinonia: Yes o, it is. That is how some people transition

    @ MPB: You shouldn't have stopped, I was really learning from all you had to say. I try to stay away from single braids as much also cos the hairdressers pick the front too tiny and it stresses my strands. I don't texturize, cos it involves chemicals.
    Hope to see you here more often

    @ Boma: Loolll, There is nothing we can do about the after-wash shrinkage. Its the texture of our hair. But the good news is that it will stretch out a bit when it is dry. Think of that

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  12. I have been natural for 4 years now though I dont always have the hair out. I tend to alternate between braids, weave and afro especially since the cold winters here damage natural hair so I normally have it out summertime.
    Well done on the new blog dear. I can't see the follow link so I wasn't able to follow but will try again another time.

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  13. @ Gospel Girl: Don't forget to try later. Thanks. We need your expertise too

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