As many of you may know, the new trend in African American hair right now is going natural.
As for myself, I've always been one of those people who said, "I will never go natural! I need my perm!" As a matter of fact, I can't even remember life before I had a perm. That's how long I've had one.
But for the past few months I've been thinking extensively about going natural, the whole process and the outcome.
The whole reason why I've been afraid to go natural was because I didn't know what my hair was going to look like. I didn't think my hair was soft enough to curl and I didn't want to walk around look like I was living in the Seventies. But as I began doing my research and talking to people who are natural I began to see things differently.
They taught me:
1. Your hair is not nappy. That is what society has told you to make you straighten your hair.
2. Your hair will curl. If you train your hair and use the right products, there is no reason for your hair not to turn out the way you want it to.
Hearing this made me consider going natural more seriously.
The icing on the cake was when I started thinking about all the stuff I would no longer have to worry about if I didn't have a perm.
I wouldn't have to miss out on playing basketball with my friends because I didn't want to sweat my hair out.
I wouldn't have to worry about wrapping it every night.
And the BIG one: I COULD GO SWIMMING WHENEVER I WANT! I wouldn't have to sit on the side of the pool while everyone else is splashing around having a good time.
The thought of it all amazed me! I almost couldn't even imagine it!
In further reflection of the whole concept of relaxing hair, I realized how unfair it is!
White people get to wear their natural hair. Latino people get to wear their natural. Asian people, Indian people... Well... actually Indian people cut their hair off so we can wear it on our heads but you get the point!
How come everybody else gets to wear their natural hair and feel beautiful, but as soon as we try to do it and be who we really are society says, "No! Don't do it! That's ugly!"
Come on! Does that make anybody else mad?!
So I've decided that I am going to try to go natural and chronicle my progress through my blogs. I haven't had a perm since late July and I'm still going strong. It's getting a little tougher but I'm going to do my best to stick with it. I'm gonna need a lot of help and support because I honestly have no idea what I'm doing.
NATURAL SISTAS! I NEED YOU!
So keep reading and feel free to comment and tell me what to do!