In today’s society we hear the words natural hair or people saying they’re going natural. But what on earth do they mean? How do you do it? Is it for everyone? What exactly does it means to be natural?
What It Means To Be Natural?
Let’s get educated here for a sec. The term “natural”, if you look up the dictionary version, means: based on the state of things in nature. The origin of this word is latin; natura means birth, nature, and quality. In layman’s terms, for our use of this word, is that our hair is in its natural state, unaltered, and true to form.
We have to stop this notion that natural isn’t for everyone. It is simply not true. How your hair is naturally is exactly how it’s supposed to be.
How do you go natural?
Simple. Let your hair return to its natural state. If you have been chemically treating your hair, stop. Chemically treating your hair is what takes your hair out of its natural state. Once you decide to stop you can either let your hair grow out on its own over time, or you can cut it all off and start with a clean slate. Your hair will grow out and as it grows you’ll definitely notice the difference between your formerly chemically processed hair and your newly natural texture.
Is being natural for everyone?
Duh. Hello? Your hair will be in its natural form! What you do with your hair or how you wear it is completely up to you. Why wouldn’t it be for everyone? If none of these ways to alter your hair never existed, how do you think EVERYONE’S hair would be? We have to stop this notion that natural isn’t for everyone. It is simply not true. How your hair is naturally is exactly how it’s supposed to be (whether you like it or not).
This is not to shame anyone that wants to chemically alter their hair . This is to let people know that this is what being natural is all about. Clearing up any notions that people may have about going natural or knowing exactly what that is. You do not have to be black to be considered natural. That’s a big misconception that people outside and inside the natural community have. No matter what color you are, or ethnicity, if your hair is not chemically treated then you my dear are natural.
Lastly, wearing your hair straight or blown-out does not alter the fact that you are natural. Straightening your hair is a styling option just like bantu knots, twist outs etc. Just note that constant heat can alter your curl pattern over time.
No matter what color you are, or ethnicity, if your hair is not chemically treated then you my dear are natural.
Hope this helps you understand things about being natural more. If you’re natural but you weren’t fully aware of what it meant, now you know. If you aren’t natural but are considering doing it, hope this clears up any misunderstandings or gives you general knowledge about it. No matter what you choose, no that either way you are beautiful and own your look.
If you’re new to the natural hair game be sure to visit our Glossary and learn more helpful terms.