Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Natural Hair Purists: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The Natural Hair Purists: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Ladies, it’s time to officially end placing perming chemicals in our hair. The ends (i.e. central centrifugal cicatricle alopecia) no longer justify the means. There are too many safe straightening options out in the marketplace that finally allow us to discontinue placing our scalp and hair shafts in harms ways. Who didn’t gasp in horror while watching Chris Rock’s Good Hair and learning our once coveted relaxer chemicals were intended to lubricate industrial machinery? 

Since chopping off my locs back in June of last year, I have struggled with trying to style my crown. I never was too great at styling my hair with perms, but managed to pull off a few simple styles. As my hair started to grow naturally, besides one big “power to the people afro”, I didn’t have a clue on what to do. And to be quite honest with myself, the afro needed more power. What I did know was that I wanted more variety and easier to manage coils.   
I must admit that out of all of the social media sites out there, I initially got hooked on Instagram looking at the various memes during down time on the job and at home. Once I figured out how to navigate the site, I started enjoying the ease of being able to search for pictures based on a certain interests or topics. 

Awhile back, I discovered crochet braids. My first thought was crochet braids would be a nice protective style option due to the fact it closely resembles our natural hair patterns. I also liked the idea that the install time was not bad when compared to other braided styles I previously rocked. I know this is not a brand new technique, but I am not one to automatically jump on a trend. I like to research and observe first.  

Before booking my appointment with my hair stylist, I decided to search Instagram for color and style ideas. I came across the following Kanye West Meme:
The Natural Hair Purists: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The comments underneath the post made me do additional double takes. The problem with natural purists is they tend to assume all people who wear weaves or straighten their hair are less than them. What is a natural purist? This is the sista that proudly got the big chop. Rocked her twa with pride and now is basking in the glory of her beautifully growing crown. 

The truth is many black women really are in love with their natural hair, but also like doing multiple things to their hair. Part of the variety includes utilizing various weaving techniques to create the look. I am most definitely reside in that boat! We must look past the few bad apples who wear extensions too long, never rock their natural tresses, and don’t think anything about “kinky coils” are beautiful.

There is no right or wrong way when it comes to growing YOUR natural hair. As long as deep down inside you love yourself for who you are without the extensions, the path you choose to take on your journey does not matter. Some may decide to get locs or sisterlocks and rock the myriad of styling options available to them on that path. Others choose the weave or temporary braids route. Black women, as a whole, need to stop downing other sistas who see beauty in something that they choose not to rock or feel is a good idea for them. 

So what if someone chooses only loc extensions. They are temporary rocking a style that represents OUR PEOPLE! The spices of life are truly found in our differences. If we are representing ourselves in a healthy, positive manner, I say: “Live and let live people!” Best believe I’m getting those crochet braids! I will post the outcome on Instagram. 

Until next time,
Naturally Nia

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