A lot of African American females are going natural. They have decided to embrace their naturally curly hair and put an end to relaxers and other products that we have been using on our hair for years. Although going natural can save a woman money and return her hair to its natural state, I have chosen to continue to relax my hair. Here are my reasons for not going natural.
No Real Financial Advantage
For me, there is not real financial advantage. I decided to stop relaxing my hair so that it could rest from the strain of a relaxer. I went without a relaxer for several months, and even though I was not paying a hair dresser to relax my hair, I still had to buy extra products to keep my hair in good condition. I needed to purchase hair lotion and oils to keep my naturally soft hair moist. I had to wash my hair more. The maintenance was just as expensive as if I had gotten a relaxer. So, going natural was not cheaper for me.
Going natural is supposed to save you time. However, I was spending more time trying to make sure my hair stayed conditioned and didn’t break when I didn’t relax my hair than before. I am a busy woman, and every minute counts. I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to spend on my hair. When my hair was relaxed, all I had to do was get up, comb, and go. So, the added time it was taking to condition my hair was inconvenient.
For some women, leaving out the relaxer helps their hair to grow. My fine hair operates in the opposite way. I couldn’t wait too long between relaxer before my hair would start to break and thin. My hair grows better when it is relaxed. And, there are ways to keep your relaxed hair healthy.
I have heard other black women discuss the pride in going natural. The only thing is I am proud of my relaxed hair. I don’t think that by wearing my hair in an afro will change the way I feel about myself. I am a proud black woman, and I like the way I look with relaxed hair. So, I don’t need to go natural to feel good about myself.
Natural hair is in style. I am not a slave to fashion trends, and I like to set my own trends like all fashionistas. And, although I like the natural look on some women, I didn’t like it on me.
Although a lot of African American women are going natural, I am not one of them. So, I will not be going natural.