Natural : existing in or formed by nature
There seems to be some disagreement and even an issue of debate among Black women when it comes to defining or explaining the meaning of the catch phrase “going natural”. There are several things being referred to when African-American women state that they’re “going natural”. It really largely depends on the individual preference as to what they describe for themselves as “going natural”.
Then there are the “so-called rules” of being natural. Because you are now natural, does it mean you should only use natural, organic, and or home made products? Or if you go natural will it mean that you no longer will style or groom your hair?
When it comes to Black hair culture and the natural hair movement here are 3 ways “going natural” is defined by African-American women:
Avoiding relaxers altogether or no longer relaxing the hair, a process that chemically and permanently straightens the hair. Since the hair has lots of texture, curl and “personality” you have the best of both worlds. There’s the option of wearing temporarily straight hairstyles when using a flat iron or similar thermal hair styling methods or rocking a textured and curly look.
- Celebrity Inspiration: India Arie
Only wearing hairstyles that are specific to Afro-curly or kinky-coily hair textures hairstyles. For example Afros, twists, cornrows, dreadlocks, etc. Very minimal styling or manipulation of the hair from it’s natural state or form is the goal.
- Celebrity Inspiration: Tyra Banks