Thousands of women are making the transition to wearing their hair in its natural state. You see it everywhere from the bus stop to the boardroom in all lengths, colors and textures. Is it simply a fashion trend or a way of life?
Fashion editors argue that going natural is indeed a trend and when the trend is over women will go back to relaxing their hair every 5-7 weeks for those bone-straight tresses that they once knew and loved. Women like the convenience that relaxed hair affords them. Not to mention the versatility. With relaxed hair, the style options are seemingly endless.
The responses from the women who have made the transition to natural vary about as much as the women themselves. One reader responded, “I go natural for 6 months at a time then I go back to relaxing my hair every 4 weeks.” Another reader has been wearing her hair naturally for 6 years and has no desire to ever go back to the “creamy crack,” the urban nickname for the chemical hair relaxer. A final reader comments, “To a certain extent, I think it’s a fad and I believe that those that did it for deeper & more meaningful reasons will stick with it.
There’s no doubt that keeping your hair free of chemicals is healthier than not, but is relaxing really that bad for your hair? Many beauticians suggest that relaxing is not bad for your hair when applied by a licensed professional, however, the women whose hair is now clogging the drain in the shower would beg to differ.
Only you can answer the question for what is best for your hair. Recent documentaries highlighting various hair trends in the urban community touch on the subject and show the damage that can be done by chemical hair relaxers but not all women share the same experience.
Before making a decision you have to know what your hair can handle. It helps to know your heritage because what may be natural for one woman may not be what is natural for you. Natural hair styles will not look the same on everyone so do what works for you. Find the balance between what’s natural and what’s beautiful on you.
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