Natural hair has become the great divide in the black community. From high profile media personalities like Wendy Williams claiming natural hair is not sexy, to folks who wear relaxers saying that women with natural hair look unkempt it takes great confidence to be happily nappy.
I for one have tightly coiled natural hair that is currently colored in a shade of red that does not exist in nature. When I have my fro unleashed I inevitably get compliments and even found myself having a 30 minute conversation with a random woman when I was in Rite Aid picking up a script. Her name was Stephanie and she was eager to know exactly what I had done to my hair to achieve the look. Here’s the dirty little secret of natural hair-One size does not fit all when it comes to the perfect product. Sure there are products that are my go-to’s but the reality is on a particularly bad hair day, I’m likely to look like Frederick Douglas-for real.
The bottom line is you cannot be lazy with natural hair; You have to find products that work well for you and once you find a routine that works- stick to it.
Here are some top myths about natural hair according to two of my girls who’s curls are enviable, healthy and just plain gorgeous:
1. The biggest (myth) being that it is easier to maintain and is less expensive
2. It’s unprofessional
3. Men don’t like it and prefer straighter hair
4. It’s not versatile and you can only have a afro or braids
Trina Meggison, @iheartnaturals on IG
1. Because natural hair has no chemicals in it, you don’t have to take care of it
2. Your hair grows faster if it’s natural. No, hair growth is based on your diet, how you care for your hair, and genetics
3. Naturals can heat train their hair. Any excessive heat will cause damage and/or alter your curl pattern. What you called trained may just be damaged or weakened strands
What’s the primary myth you want to debunk around natural hair?