So this is a tricky post to write about natural hair, as people are always talking about natural hair and views good or bad. But here goes.
I’m trying to delve deeper into all aspects of natural hair, and my views/opinions about what I think about natural hair.
Here are the unpopular opinions
PEOPLE THAT BOAST HOW THEIR EDGES CAME BACK QUICKLY AFTER HAIR DAMAGE
Omg, I’m firstly jealous how these women mainly were able to grow back their edges after hair damage along their egdes. Unlike me because of unknowingly doing bad hair practices, when I was younger and had less knowledge about natural hair and the repercussions after and now having bad edges for the rest of my life. Lessons have been learnt and sharing so others can know and not have to go through the same. And the fact hair foliccles may take some time to come back depending on how the damage was caused.
Don’t get me wrong, it looks good when done right. But maybe because again I have bad edges, so I can’t get the desired look that others can do. So I just leave my edges alone. And to me it looks like a talent or a skill that has to be learnt, to make your edges look good. It can make people think that because they can’t lay their edges that the hairstyle overall might not be complete and not look good. Not all edges can be laid :). And at the end of the day its up to you to feel your style is complete if you lay your edges or not. Do whatever you want to do with your edges, or just let them be and don’t do anything to them.
WASH AND GO HAIRSTYLES
When I see people with type 3 to 4 hair texture or just similar hair texture to me and make it look so easy to create this style, but really it takes a lot of time and arm work. I myself can’t do a wash and go hairstyle in my natural hair, and had a bad experience with gel in my hair, which is one of the products used to create the hairstyle. It was literally flake city, flakes everywhere when I thought the style was going to be ok, but when the gel was drying in my hair flakes everywhere I say again.
But do you know what? A style I can do well in my hair is a twistout and braidout hairstyles. It takes less preparation time and I get similar results. My advice do whatever style that is easy for you to do and suits you.
OIL ON THE SCALP
In the natural hair community so much is said about this topic on whether it’s good to put oil your scalp or not. Why it’s not good to put oil on the scalp, and those who regularly put oil on their scalps. I think everyone is different, everyone’s hair is different, everyone’s scalp is different. Similar to skin what works for you might not work for someone else and vice versa. And it’s the person’s choice if they want to put oil on their scalp or not. And can see the benefits of putting oil on the scalp. I will admit I use less oil in my hair than what I used to use in my hair couple of years ago. I don’t regularly put oil on my scalp, I might use a little light oil on wash days when styling and massage my scalp and use on my hair strands.
WATER IS NOT GOOD FOR NATURAL HAIR, BECAUSE IT MAKES HAIR SHRINK
Newsflash, water is 100% needed to have healthy hair. And did you know that hair is partly made from water. I can understand the shrinkage problem, but it takes time to adjust and understand that shrinkage is good.
Shrinkage is a sign of healthy hair, my hair shrinks so much now, you would not believe. But I like to think of shrinkage is magic, it can fool people when they see your natural hair in a shrinken state and in dry state.
SHRINKAGE IS GOOD
SHRINKAGE IS GOOD
It’s all about changing your mindset, you got this.
When natural hair is not moisturised with water, its not happy and will let you know by showing that it’s dry and brittle, compared to when natural hair is fully moisturised and bouncy and happy and flourishing. So remember water is good for your hair.
IS RELAXED HAIR HEALTHY HAIR?
Now this is a serious debate, I even did a Instagram poll on my stories and more votes went toward, that relaxed hair is not healthy hair, due to the use of using relaxer chemicals used alters the hair structure, and make natural hair straighter. But my thoughts are even though relaxed hair has been processed and altered using chemicals, it’s still healthy hair as long as you have been looking after the hair correctly. And maintaining good hair practices to keep it in good health. If you’re not looking after relaxed hair, it will show the signs that it’s unhealthy by excessive breaking and dryness due to not moisturising it when needed, and not using the correct products for the hair and because of this it’s not doing the hair any good. Also hair loss can happen due to the chemicals used not reacting well to the hair and scalp. I would also suggest looking into ingredients to avoid using on relaxed hair.
NATURAL HAIR DOES NOT LOOK PROFESSIONAL
Now this opinion right here, please bear in mind that ALL GOOD HAIR IS HEALTHY HAIR. And for the people who refer to natural hair as not professional, even though it can be styled in similar styles to non-natural hair, is not on.
Because natural hair is different to straight hair, it is put in a class of not nice and unprofessional.
BLACK HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL, no matter what bad things are said about it. Please don’t be ashamed of your natural hair. BE PROUD, IT’S YOUR CROWN. Be bold, ignore the haters and those who speak negatively about black natural hair.
I think that maybe I have been slightly diplomatic on my answers, and that maybe my passion is more shown vocally. There are so many other unpopular opinions I could write on, but will leave it for another time. So will end things here.