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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Freedom from chemical bondage....

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I am seeing two different types of Naturals:

1.   Completely Natural without the use of chemicals altering the natural texture of the hair.
2.   Semi-Natural without the use of  chemical altering of the texture BUT will straighten with flat-iron. May or may not use chemical dye to color hair.

I guess I fall into the first category.  I feel l should take my hair as it grows out of my head.  I've been blanketed with a false belief that I had to change what was me into something that WASN'T me for the masses.  How sad and odd when you really think about it. 

I understand women of all races color hair but that is chemically altering the hair and I'm a little skittish about that now.  I don't even wanna flat iron and I know millions of black women do it and still consider themselves Natural all because it isn't permanent like relaxing or texturizing the hair.  I think burning the hair into a straight texture is just as bad as relaxing and all Naturals who fall into the first category would probably agree with me.

In all fairness I've never been one to color my hair.  I can actually count on one hand how many times I've done it.  I'm 40 so I'm way behind most women.  I'm getting some gray hairs and although I'm not extremely vain, I would like to color and try Henna.  I don't think I would do it myself and would go to a salon that specializes in the use of Henna.  I'll be checking around the Denver area for one.

See, this is why I love this tee shirt above.  It clearly expresses how I feel about my hair and about myself.  I am beautiful just as I am.  I don't need to alter my hair, or any other Afrocentric features I possess to appease the masses.  I am also financially free from the restraints of chemicals since relaxers are EXPENSIVE.  I spend much less money on my hair as well as my daughter's hair because braids, relaxers and flat ironing requires a stylist for us.  I don't do those things myself so I would have to pay for others to do this for us.  Handling my own hair requires no money for a stylist and no money for the pricey products they must use to do my hair.  Now, I spend money to purchase the products I do use but it's much less and I have more control over what I choose to use. 

Wherever Naturals fall in the world of Natural hair there is room for us all.  I don't wanna see a war of the Naturals on who is more true to the 'cause', but divisions come regardless of the good intentions of the persons involved.   As long as there is acceptance of ourselves we can understand and appreciate this very simple statement being put on a tee shirt for the world to see what we are:  NATURAL...
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