I don’t put too much effort into my hair, unless I’m doing a rollerset. Typically, I’m a wash & go type of woman, and it only takes about two minutes to slap some conditioner and a moisturizer in my hair. Since I’ve been natural for most of my adult life, I can’t see myself going back to a relaxer, but I still color it occasionally. Just as I was a stickler for maintaining my relaxed hair, I’m the same way with my natural hair. I don’t judge people on what they choose to do with their own hair. If you choose to relax it, or go natural, that’s all on you, but maintenance and keeping it healthy should be a priority.
I will say this to those with natural hair, never, ever should you walk around with your hair looking like the ass of a dog with mange. Just because your hair is natural, doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy. Sure, you’ve just done a big chop, or have spent months growing out your hair with braids or weaves, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother maintaining it and making sure it doesn’t look like tumbleweed.
Recently I’ve noticed some of the most dry, brittle and damaged fros and wash & go styles on the streets of D.C. In the D.C. area, it’s not uncommon to walk past a group of women with natural hair. If D.C. isn’t the mecca of natural haired women, I’m not sure what is. But, there are those women who haven’t been able to grasp the concept of maintaining it. With the plethora of YouTube tutorials and websites dedicated to natural hair, there’s no excuse to walk around with a damaged do.
Just because one product works a certain way on one person’s hair, doesn’t mean you’ll reap the same benefits. For example, years ago I discovered that I was allergic to Shea Butter and Lemongrass and any product with either of those ingredients dried my hair out and caused shedding. My hair wasn’t having it. It was trial and error to figure out which products worked best, and sometimes left my hair looking a hot ass mess.
Just like relaxed hair, natural hair can suffer from brittle and split ends, dryness, breakage, shedding and not to mention scalp issues, especially if you find yourself allergic to some of these so-called natural products. Hair is work, period. Whether it’s natural or relaxed. One isn’t easier than the other, but the important part is making sure it’s healthy and maintained properly. Also remember, no product will turn your 4b hair, into 3c hair.