After “When did you go natural?” comes, “Why did you go natural?”. Often the reasons include heat/color damage or even chemical damage. In the case of natural hair guru, Naturally Temi, it was deeper than that.
Temitope Adesina explains it on one of her Instagram posts. “I went natural because of my circumstances. It wasn’t a planned thing, it kind of just happened. My mom was sick and taking her back and forth to chemo was draining. Caring for my hair was the last thing I was thinking about. So, I made a decision to focus on her and not worry about me, I cut it all off…”
Rarely do you hear a natural proclaim “I went natural to feel empowered!”, in the beginning. The interesting thing that comes later is naturals speaking of discovering the beauty of their hair along the journey. Finally being able to feel proud of their hair.
As much as people would like to argue so, hair is not just hair, especially not in the case of African women. The very structure of our hair makes it something that is unique to only us. Unfortunately, many of our natural features have been ridiculed, including our hair.
Natural Hair Myths
From a very young age, most black women and men are taught that their hair is unmanageable, unkempt and worst of all “not presentable”. We often feel the need to apologize for how our hair looks, how it grows out of our heads. Another negative association with natural hair is that those that sport it are from a lower class, unable to afford to ‘do’ their hair. (And that often means straightening our hair within inches of its life to look ‘proper).
With all these things constantly being repeated to us over the years many of us conclude that we just have ‘bad hair’. As many women embark on the natural hair journey, which often pursues health as the first agenda, they slowly learn that healthy hair is beautiful hair.
That the density and texture of our hair allows for versatility that no other hair textures have. The ability of our hair to defy gravity speaks of its magical nature.
The kinks in our hair and the unruly nature of our strands are the qualities that allow it to appear like a beautiful crown sitting atop our heads.
A celebration of Natural Hair
Many naturals speak of the feeling that comes with being able to proudly rock your natural hair. Essentially, they are proud to be black. This can be observed by taking a look on natural hair pages on Instagram. The discussion about, and embrace of natural hair eventually leads to the embrace of every other wonderful thing that comes with being black.
The fact is, there’s no such thing such as ‘bad hair’, and good hair is simply healthy hair. Regardless of length & texture. Though you may not want the commitment that comes with going fully natural, learning how to take care of your hair is a decision you definitely won’t regret.
Only with proper care does the beauty of natural hair reveal itself. With a healthy routine, you too can be able to experience the empowering feeling of shelving away your wigs and rocking your hair in its natural state while enjoying the endless ways to style it. Best of all, is feeling beautiful when you wear your hair out.