Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Natural Hair - Relaxed Mentality

I recently went to a natural hair meet up and was immediately overjoyed by the amount of newly naturals present. They were all so young and free and bursting with excitement about their journey.

As the event progressed and I listened to the questions asked and statements made, a very unsettling question popped into my mind.

Has having natural hair become a fad? *A fad can be described as something that gains popularity very quickly but only lasts for a short period of time*.

Over the last two years, in my hometown, the natural hair movement has really taken off. In previous time, there were a few naturals and even fewer natural hair products on the local market. As it currently stands, more beauty supply stores are carrying natural hair products, more local social media support groups are being established and natural hair events are becoming the norm.
With natural hair now "fashionable" for Afro textured women, are we approaching it from the point of getting to know and appreciate our hair or more from the point of this is what is wearing now? 

I call the latter, "RHM" short for relaxed hair mentality. 

If you fall into any of the categories below, it's quite possible you may have "RHM".

1. You're obsessed with slicking your hair down. 

2. You still try to comb your hair with a fine teeth comb.

3. You can't live without your flat iron.

4. You try to wear styles you wore when you were relaxed. 

5. You refer to hair as being "good hair" or "bad hair". 

6. You idolize those with looser curl patterns.

7. You are a product junkie always on the hunt for that magic potion that will make your hair grow longer and faster. 

8. You'll try anything and pay any amount if it promises to give you longer hair.
Word of advice to all the new natural hair ladies out there: take the time to learn your hair and love it just as it grows out of your scalp. 

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