The Ten Natural Hair Commandments

by Laquita Thomas-Banks

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For those of us who have made, are in the process of making, or contemplating the great Exodus from chemical hair straighteners…

I – Thou shalt be thankful for the hair that adorns thy head. Your hair is your ‘crown of glory’ treat it as such.

II – Thou shalt not idolize the hair that adorns another’s head. The hair on your head is unique, it’s what makes you you.

III – Thou shalt not take the hair that adorns thy head in vain. Be aware of the damage that chemicals and heat can cause, some of the damage is irreversible.

IV – Remember to take the necessary time to pamper thy hair. Create a routine, set aside specific days for sealing your ends, massaging, trimming, washing, conditioning and styling your hair. A healthy head of hair will be your reward.

V – Honor thy mother, father and ancestors for the beautiful traits that they have bestowed upon thee, one of which is your natural crown of glory. Wear your natural hair with pride.

VI – Thou shalt not attempt to use a fine-tooth comb to detangle thy hair. Even before using a wide-tooth comb, use your fingers to detangle, and when detangling always start from the ends and work your way up towards your scalp.

VII – Thou shalt not be ashamed to wear your natural hair in public. Wigs, weaves, braid extensions etc. are all wonderful temporary ‘protective’ and ‘transition’ styles, but they don’t compare to the beauty of your natural hair.

VIII – Thou shalt not kill the hair follicles on thy head – with high heat, harsh chemicals or tight styles. Stay away from pore clogging, dry scalp causing petroleum based products; use natural essential oil based ones instead. Be gentle with your hair, seek out professional stylists who have experience in styling your hair type.

IX – Thou shalt not bad mouth thy neighbor’s hair. Be respectful and encouraging to those who have not yet chosen to wear their hair natural. Negative comments will only turn them away from the natural hair community.

X – Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s hair; thou shalt not covet it’s texture, nor it’s curl pattern, nor it’s length etc. Appreciate the hair that you were blessed with. Try different styles and accessories that accentuate your very own personality and style.

  • http://gravatar.com/blackgirlsread She Who Reads

    Number nine with an addendum. That should include those who have chosen to wear their hair natural but aren’t as adept at styling as we are.

  • zizi4808

    yaasssss !

  • Jbell

    kinky curly products suck. Beautiful Textures is where it’s at.

  • Jamila

    Remember different product works for different people. What I had to learn the hard way. Only kinky curly product I like is knot today mixed w water and a little olive oil. You just have to learn what works for your hair type. Good luck

  • http://gravatar.com/bornliberian liberianlady

    we really should start focusing on our good health. mammogram,obgyn visits, ect………………we so into our hair we sometimes forget what really matters.

  • http://theblackgirloncampus.blogspot.com Peace

    #8 is sooo true. Some naturals are just too judgmental.

  • ohyesshewrites

    The second and last one seem like the same thing!

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    True! I just watched a youtuber who basically said the same thing we have nice hair or worrying about obtaining it but we are dying. Dying of things that can be caught early and prevented.

  • ruggie

    beautiful list

  • Cozmicpunch

    Although I agree with Liberian lady and binks comments, a hair forum or video is about just that, hair. There are other forums and blogs to discuss health. How would it look to be on a breast cancer page discussing hair care?

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