Natural Hair Debate
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By Patience MuiaThe number of women opting to abandon chemicals and enjoy the freedom natural hair offers them is increasing fast. This has brought strong sisterhood within the hair community and divisions between those people with natural hair and those with relaxed hair. Some people believe that natural hair refers to texture alone and has nothing to do with colour or length. People in this category consider weaves, straightening hair with hot comba and weaves as natural. Another category of people argue that natural hair is the original texture of your hair and therefore wigs, weaves and colour are unacceptable.
Others believe that black women should keep their hair natural in memory of the colonial rule as afros and dreadlocks were associated with military in that era. These people feel that keeping black women’s hair natural shows that they embrace political elements and reject European’s standards of beauty.
Other debates have come up like on the usefulness of hair and the purpose naturalhair serves. Some people feel that there is more to hair than just mere texture and curl pattern. Hair typing misguides women on hair care because they emphasize on one curl texture over another. Due to the fact that your hair looks like another does not mean that it will respond to products in a similar manner as the other. What do you think?