Is Your Hair Your ONLY Identity?

13 Jan

I was surfing the web checking out natural and transitioning hair sites and came across an interesting trend. Many women who are all natural or going from relaxed to natural have an ideal on what it means to be natural. I’ve heard arguments about using heat, certain products, styles and all. Some people in the natural community state that you aren’t truly natural is you use heat. Some women in the community also feel is you are not using “natural” or “organic” products than you are not treating your hair properly. I have also come across those who feel there is a certain way to be when natural. While reading the sites, I have read the term “natural nazi” floating around (I chuckled). Here is a link to the meaning of the term “natural nazi” aka the hair police.
http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2009/05/natural-hair-nazis/

I have been hearing from people, I don’t look like the “natural” type. I have been told I will start acting like India Arie and Erykah Badu and try to convert people. I have heard it all. LOL. I understand most of it comes from people not understanding and just being plain ole ignant. I was taken aback when I started researching and found that the  “natural” hair community have harsher opinions than most. The things I have read are crazy. A girl on youtube decided to use sew-ins for protective styles while growing out her TWA. The comments this girl received hurt my heart for her. I am transitioning but I will never put someone down who gets relaxers, straightens their hair, wear weaves or whatever. Everything is not for everyone. What works for me may not work for you. I respect that and I think everyone should. Hair and character does not always go hand in hand. I can be “natural” and evil as well as relaxed and a beautiful spirit. Hair can be used as an extension of oneself but should not be all that you are. Learn to love yourself and the choices you make. Do not let anyone bring you down for your choice to be relaxed, “natural”, weaved-up and all.

For laughs, here is an encounter with a “natural nazi”, lol. I chuckled.
http://theninjaparade.com/2011/06/01/you-are-your-hair-an-open-letter-to-the-natural-hair-nazis/

*Anna*

Opinions?

For those who aren’t natural, what vibes do you get from natural girls?

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Bantu & a Lil’ Bit of Product Talk!

12 Jan

*Mimi*

Peace…

10 Jan

Sorry, but it has to be done…no matter the struggle, the hair needs to be the way God intended it to be!! #backtotheroots

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The Hair Style Journey…

9 Jan

So as all of you in the transitioning world know, the hardest thing to deal with isn’t the breakage or the hair routine…it’s these damn hairstyles. As of now I know Anna is struggling to find a hairstyle that can give instant gratification and I’m looking for a hairstyle that won’t send me home from work!! I woke up today trying to find a cute way to style my hair and realized how limited I am in styles (my length of hair, the transitioning, not wanting to use heat,etc). I currently have the Bantu Knot-Twist Out in my hair, and after a failed attempt at a flat twist out, I decided my hair is going to staaaay in Bantu Knot-Twist Outs until its time for the Big Chop!
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*Mimi*

Mimi and I are experiencing so much transitioning hairstyle frustration. I find that every morning I am fighting with my hair for a professional style for work. I am not able to keep the styles in for a week, and have to manipulate my hair at least every 2 days. My new growth is dense and hard to move around and my permed hair is not responding to the styling products. I am finding that perm rod sets and buns are the only styles that I can manage to make work. I believe part of the problem is that I cannot style hair(my hair or others). I will be the first one to admit, I have a hard time seeing something and recreating it. I try very hard to make transitioning styles work and they always turn out to be a dud. I sat in front of youtube for hours searching for a style. It finally hit me hours later that I am not natural so why am I looking for styles better suited for natural hair.Grrr!

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*Anna*
~Ladies what are your current style frustrations?~