Afrodisiac: On the Alluring Latest Trend of 'Going Natural'
In case you haven’t paid much attention, there is a trend among black and brown women “going natural” with their hairstyles. If you are not a part of this community, or are not at least close to someone who is, this article may confuse you. So, first…
What Is “Going Natural?”
I’m so glad you asked! For many decades the vast majority of black women (at least in the United States) have been utilizing perms and other chemicals in order to straighten their hair permanently. Many begin this process at some point in childhood and continue for the remainder of their lives.
What’s the Big Deal?
Well, if you’ve seen “Good Hair” by Chris Rock, you undoubtedly know the answer. If not, (I suggest you do!). These chemicals may have a plethora of side effects on the body and have also been known to cause permanent damage to hair follicles. The old saying, “No pain, no gain” comes to mind as straightened hair is the coveted method of style for many African American females. However, to veer outside of the straightened method one also risks choosing a style that others, or even one’s self, may not view as attractive.
Lately, many “minority” women realize the risk may not outweigh the gains when dealing with chemically altering hair. A significant number have experienced damaged and/or hair loss, bald spots, heavy breakage, etc. as a result of using relaxers. All the side effects are visually embarrassing.
Until recently, many natural hair women were not aware of the best ways to maintain their hair. However, thanks to Youtube, Pinterest, and a host of other resources numerous women are now confident enough to rock their own versions of many DIY styles. Examples of natural hair styles are possible for more women who want to embrace their natural hair texture.
Overall, the beauty of hair is in the eye of the beholder. Many women are going natural more out of necessity than ideology as, as aforementioned, they have endured extensive damage due to usage/ improper usage of said products. No matter how you decide to wear your hair, make sure it’s healthy and clean. The rest will fall into place. Well, maybe not literally…