When I first began my transition to natural hair, I was concerned about two things: thickness and length. All of the articles I read re-enforced the same things — gentle hair handling, proper moisturizing, pH balancing and endless bouts of protective styling to gain and retain covetous length.
Hair length has been a point of obsession for Black women long before natural hair even came about. Somehow, our beauty and social value became linked to the length of what grew out of our scalps. Many naturalistas are taking a “been there, done that” approach to long hair, and getting second big chops, tapered cuts or frequent trims to maintain a certain length and shape. This shift in style takes the focus away from hair growth challenges, length check videos, and the pressure to hit certain growth benchmarks along the natural hair journey. Short cuts are about self-expression, convenience and of course, style.
|Jenell Stewart, www.kinkycurlycoilyme.com|
2. Not Being Afraid of Hair Dye
Somewhere in the mystic handbook of everything natural, there is a clause that states one can no longer be considered natural if she uses anything other than henna, juices, berries, and plants to dye her hair. Fortunately for us, that clause is outdated. I think I can safely say that we’ve arrived at a place where the full spectrum of what defines natural hair does not dis-include ladies that like color. Even with acceptance, there are still plenty of ladies are still on the fence about hair dye and their concerns are valid. But with all the knowledge and information circulating the web about how to care for colored hair, why not take the plunge and switch it up a little bit? Naturalistas everywhere (myself included) are stepping outside of their comfort zones and embracing new colors — from honey blonde highlights to purple ombre (and everything in between).
|photo credit: www.mommynoire.com|
4. A New Relationship with Frizz
|Bianca Alexa, www.youtube.com/simplybiancaalexa|
|Sumetra Reed, www.youtube.com/supernaturalmetra|
Do you think your attitude towards styling has shifted since the start of your natural hair journey?