Reppin’ “Team Natural”
Last week I came across a thread on one of the forums titled “White girls now reppin’ “team natural”. o_O. The creator of the post stated “i think it’s funny. like, daaaaang can’t we have anything to ourselves?! geez!”
Before I even start writing please know that even though this is a rant, I mean no disrespect nor harm to anyone. These are my opinions and my experiences.
Now, I am not white nor black. I am Puerto Rican 100%. It gets under my skin when I am told ” Girl you ain’t never had a relaxer” or “You don’t know what breakage is” ….As a matter of fact yes I have and yes I do. I used to get relaxers every other month from 4 grade up to 2009. In my 10th grade year my hair broke so bad in the crown that I had to get a super short pixie.
I remember telling my friends in school that I needed a touch up and they would look at me like I was crazy. I knew. A few years back when I decided to “go natural” it was a super exciting journey that I was looking forward to, but the thing is my definition of natural was not just curly non relaxed hair. It was hair that was not chemically altered.
If you start to think of what falls under “non chemically altered” hair you’ll see that many people fall under this category.
- Anyone who stopped perming his/her hair = Natural Straight hair
- Anyone who no longer relaxes his/her hair = Natural Curly, Kinky, Coily, Wavy hair
- Anyone who no longer straightens his/her hair with heat = Natural Wavy,Curly Kinky, Coily hair
- Anyone who no longer dyes their hair = Natural hair color
You see. “Natural Hair” is not just for “one” group of people. It’s for all who wear their hair in its “natural” state. I am just sick and tired of getting the side-eye (because I am Hispanic) when I tell people that I consider my self a natural.
I hope this post did not offend anyone. Please post your thoughts below.