Posted by HMH BloggerBy Patience Muia Going natural is a personal decision, and it is sad that people still ask others why they choose to go natural. Everybody is born with their hair in a natural state. Of late, there is a grouping that has completely embraced relaxed hair, and they believe that anything outside that is abnormal. I don’t feel bad about that, but the truth is that I like my black hair. I would like to show you how to embrace your hair in the initial natural state and how to transition if you are not currently embracing it.
There are different flavours of natural hair. You might face difficulty in finding the specific information you are looking for after making the decision to transition. Most websites only focus on locks and hair without chemicals. Well, I have some others flavours that you might find interesting.
Matting or locking is the first flavour of natural hair. So why do people choose this look? Some people choose this flavour because they believe that their hair would look like that if they left it untouched, hence the natural feel. Then there are others who embrace this style as a result of their religion. Most people like to keep their hair neat, and most of such individuals are found in the American culture use bees wax and other substances to keep their hair locked.
Posted by HMH BloggerBy Patience MuiaIf you are a bi-racial or black woman who have decided to avoid and chemical hair treatments and relaxers to get unprocessed form of curls and coils then you belong to the natural hair community. People have a different definition and opinion regarding the term “natural”.
1- The women who pass on all chemicals from relaxers and colour treatments to certain product ingredients.
2- The women who no longer wear relaxers, but rock blowouts and weaves happily on a regular basis.3- Those who don’t mess with weaves but rock colour.4- The ones who live with protective hair styles such as box braids, crochet braids and other trendy styles. The truth is that some naturals are being eliminated or discriminated in the natural hair community. Initially, going natural was a way of breaking free from European beauty standards and starting a journey to embrace one’s natural hair. But recently a lot of things have changed with some natural hair sponsors ignoring some types of natural hairstyle while at the same time praising a certain type. Women with the type 4, kinky textured hair seems to be experiencing texture discrimination in and outside their workplace. If you haven’t realised it, the wavy and curly girls dominate the branding in products marketed to natural hair community. Look across the beauty industry and marketing channels such as Facebook, Instagram or even YouTube, the kinky and coily hair naturals are being under-represented and are not being celebrated as compared to other hair types. From my personal experience of running multiple natural hair focused media accounts, I think that images of kinky textured naturals doesn’t get many shares and likes compared to the others.