What It Means To Be Natural

23 Aug

I learned something just the other day. My definition of natural hair may be different from yours, especially if you’re a woman. I have found that some women define natural hair as natural length. If they don’t use relaxers or chemicals to straighten their hair then they are natural. If you ask a woman to cut her hair off and grow it from the roots…naturally you will get a totally different perception of what to be natural means.

I am not championing one version over the other. I am opening my mind to interpretation. It is easy for me to be natural in the sense of just rolling with the hair God gave me. I made the mistake of voicing my opinion (I should have known better) about what I believe. Women and hair is sacred. Maybe with men it is not so?

Tyra Banks said it best on one of her shows. She was selling the natural look until an audience member asked her for clarification on what they thought being natural in its truest since meant. Tyra then explained that it would take her natural hair 5 years to make the transition to the length that it was at time of the show. But even then her interpretation is still hers (and women alike) to define.



Posted by on August 23, 2011 in dreadlocks, Dreads, Locks, locs, natural hair


2 responses to “What It Means To Be Natural

  1. Naturaldisiac

    August 24, 2011 at 1:26 am

    “Natural” is a term that stands alone….there is no slick interpretation being natural when it comes to hair. You can wear your real hair, weave, braids, etc but being natural means chemical free. There is NO way around let’s address Tyra Banks–she is definitely not the spokes person for the natural hair community. How can you be when you are NOT natural!?! Then to say it would take 5 years..yes 5 years to grow your natural hair out long clearly shows that she is uneducated about natural hair. You can have your own interpretation of being natural but there is only ONE real way….

    • Natrodisiac

      August 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

      On Tyra and wearing weave… it just seems to rob the natural movement of its authenticity to call yourself natural but you hide your real hair. Weave is fine, its great option as Tyra said even so I am wondering why does she call herself natural when even Chris Rock (her guest) knows she isn’t. He had just done a documentary on the whole hair issue. In this instance for all Tyra’s fame and glory she is just a want-to-be!


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