Blacks all naturally have very curly hair or frizzy . Traditionally black communities around the world have aspired to have straight hair . This was achieved through the use of hot combs first metal , however , in early 1970 , smoothing chemicals known as " relaxing " became commercially available and became the norm .
Where there are black people who almost always find boxed chemical relaxers or " creamy crack ," as some in the African-American community would call relaxing . Relaxants are not addictive in themselves but the use of them has tended to be .
In recent times , there has been a large movement of people rejecting coily relaxing and maintain their "natural" or curly hair . The decision to stop using hair relaxers and maintain natural hair is called " go natural . "
The reasons for going natural are multiple: some do "just because" , others go natural for a change in hairstyle or because they feel the relaxing prolonged use has caused damage to your hair and yet others do it as a form of reject Eurocentric standards of beauty and embrace a more diverse Afrocentric take on beauty.
People with Natural Hair categorized using a number and letter system . Most blacks fall into the categories 3C , 4A , 4B , and 4C. Completely straight hair as found in some Asian and Caucasian heads is type 1 - this is the only category that is not subdivided by the letters A, B and C.
The greater the number and the letter most coily or curly the hair is . Hair that falls under the same category tend to respond in a manner similar to methods given style and specific products. These categories serve only as a guide as one head can have several " types" of hair on it .
The natural hair do sometimes straighten hair variety, but always using a temporary method as hair dryers and ceramic irons . Once the hair is re - wet it returns to its natural state coily or curly.
Large tracts of people who have made the decision to go natural are known as members of the " natural hair community " . If a year could be placed in when " going natural " went mainstream and became very popular, it would probably be 2009 in the U.S. and perhaps 2011/2012 in the UK. There were many people who go to these previous calendar years , however , in 2009 , in particular, many "natural" took to YouTube and began documenting his " natural hair journey " through video logs or vlogs .
Many black girls have never had to manage their natural hair. As soon as her mother allowed it, beginning with relaxing. The corollary of this is that many people have to learn to deal with curly hair from scratch . Natural hair behaves very differently to relaxed hair . The knowledge gap is being filled by the many blogs and vlogs can be found easily on the web .
The natural hair movement has given rise to a conflict within the black community as some see it as divisive. Some natural products see their decision to go natural as to be almost spiritual and as such , try to convince those with relaxed hair go natural .