The Great Debate: Relaxed vs. Natural
In the land of trends, topics like “Beards”, “Side Chicks” and “Mumble Rap” are constantly being discussed. “Natural Hair” is at the top of that list and I’m here for every second of it!
Curls, coils, kinks and all. Witnessing so many beautiful people embrace the hair that grows out of their head is damn near magical to me. Trust me, I am no stranger to the hot comb and while I never had a relaxer my mom had me at the beauty shop every 2 weeks, faithfully for a fresh wash and press. You all know what the rules were: No swimming. No sweating. My hair was bouncing and behaving but I was also limited in a lot of ways and once I was old enough to start doing my own hair, I had goals that didn’t necessitate “well behaved” locs.
My natural hair journey was not intentional or apparent at first. It took years of not being able to comb the damaged hair in the center of my head, getting annoyed by how my heat processed hair looked and felt before I slowly started to educate myself about my hair. Fast forward 6 years and 2 big chops, I now feel so much more confident and passionate about my natural hair. When I was a press and curl girl, I wasn’t worried about my hair’s porosity, curl patten or how I cleanse my scalp. Now? Those things are essential to maintaining and selecting a hair routine.
The biggest difference I’ve noticed in women and men embracing natural hair, is the education that goes into it. To successfully maintain natural hair you have to learn styling techniques, product ingredients and so much more. Before joining #teamnatural all I knew how to do was chase my comb with a flat iron. With social media, we now have instant access to so many inspirational naturalistas like “Forever Alyssa” “Mini Marley” and “Naptural85”, who have taught thousands of women and men how to care for their hair during all stages of the natural hair journey.
Don’t get me wrong, there are pros and cons to both relaxed and natural hair. For my lifestyle and for my specific set of hair goals (volume, length, moisture retention)? The natural route is best for me. For your convenience, I’ve put together a quick list of the pros and cons that come with whatever decision you choose to make regarding your hair. Check it out below.
Do you have any more PROS or CONS? Comment below.
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