There is so much management in our lives. We manage our finances, families, jobs, and even our bodies, but it seems strange to manage our natural hair texture. What is natural hair management anyway? Keeping a look of perfection? A daily strive for curl definition? A twist out that doesn’t frizz? None of those sound so bad by themselves, but when combined the irony lies in not keeping or accepting the natural in natural hair.
Many women, natural and relaxed, perceive natural hair to be strenuous, difficult, or unruly. Those adjectives are often paired with washing, detangling, styling, and drying time. I don’t know about you but I don’t miss the long days at the salon and the money that was shelled out when my hair was relaxed. Due to the process of relaxing the hair, chemically straightened hair actually requires a greater need for protein treatments, deep conditioning, and heatless styling. Although it is fair to argue that detangling coily hair may be more time consuming, maintaining healthy relaxed hair or relaxed hair that retains length still requires more than 30-45 min on washday!