Let’s Set Things Straight. Natural Hair Isn’t Hard Work

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We recently shared an article titled “ The Top 10 Stereotypes Naturalistas have to deal with Daily” on our Facebook fanpage. Some of the stereotypes were typical, familiar, silly and fun, for the most part agreeable. However, only one stereotype brought controversial disputes between Naturalistas within the comment section, the last stereotype on the list “Natural Hair is Hard Work”. You really should read all the FB comments

Nothing Good Comes Easy
The main argument was that Natural Hair is harder to maintain than chemically processed hair therefore Natural Hair is hard work. If something is easy to obtain does it hold the same value and significance as something that was harder? The battle is what makes the victory worthwhile! Most of us were surprised to see and feel our natural hair texture during the first stages of our natural hair journeys because as long as we could remember we have been straightening or relaxing our hair. With permed/relaxed hair, hair care was simple, wrap it at night, comb it out in the morning, wash and set every 2 weeks or perm every 4-8 weeks. However, this “easy” hair routine for most of us and me personally was extremely damaging.

Natural Hair on the other hand requires, wash weekly or biweekly, deep condition often, protein treatments among other treatments, hydrate with water, moisturize, seal and style, repeat at night and take down in the morning. The main difference between these regimens is the person providing the care. With relaxed hair the hair care provider is usually a hair care professional at a salon, while with natural hair the provider is you. Here I think lays the controversy, if you were the hair care professional of your relaxed hair would it still be considered “easier to maintain”? Getting a wash and set, relaxer or even a weave at the hair salon can take several hours, the same time it takes for you to get your hair done at the salon can be evenly distributed throughout the week for your night routine with natural hair.

Working Harder Yields Great Results
Anything that you want to achieve or be in good health such as your life, career, relationships, health, or family requires some form of dedication and hard work. You have to work hard for what you want. We grew up learning how to handle our straight permed hair; we can’t expect to master our new kinks and coils within our first year experiencing our new texture. Personally, it took me 3 years to fully understand my hair and frankly I now find my kinky natural hair to be easy to maintain.

Natural hair is only hard work if you make it out to be. If you treat it as another fragment of self-love, you’ll enjoy the process, your process, because in time you will progress. Natural hair is an investment so invest in you.