What is considered natural hair? This is a debate that’s been raging for some time with opinions divided on what the meaning of natural hair is.
Is it hair that doesn’t have any products on it or because you don’t wear extensions and protective styles?
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Natural hair is hair that the curl pattern hasn’t being altered by chemicals like relaxers, texturizes and other chemical straighteners.
Below is a comprehensive breakdown of what constitutes natural hair or not:-
Is My Hair Natural? 8 Ways to Tell if You’re Natural or Not
1. No Longer Using Relaxers
You’ve stopped applying relaxers, texturizers and chemical straighteners to your hair.
2. Curl Pattern Unaffected
If you coloured your hair but your curl pattern is still maintained and unaffected by the colour, your hair is natural.
3. Reverts After Heat Treatments
Hair that’s being straightened with blow dryers and flat irons or curled with curling irons is still natural hair.
If your hair doesn’t revert back once it comes into contact with water, it is damaged natural hair.
4. Keratin Treatment Doesn’t Alter Pattern
Hair that’s undergone keratin treatment is still natural because it will revert to your natural curl pattern over time.
If your hair doesn’t revert after this treatment, then you’re no longer natural and have damaged hair.
5. Wigs and Weaves Don’t Matter
If you wear wigs, weaves and other protective styles but your hair remains unaltered underneath, then you have natural hair.
6. Heat Trained Hair Isn’t Natural
If you have “heat trained” your hair to the point where it no longer reverts to your curl pattern when it comes into contact with water, your hair isn’t natural anymore and is heat damaged.
7. It’s All About Hair
Being natural refers to your hair. It doesn’t mean because you eat meat, poultry, etc, you’re no longer natural any more than you’re natural because you eat only leaves, berries and vegetables.
8. What Products Are You Using?
You can use whatever products you like on your hair if your hair likes it and responds well to it.
Just because you use products with ingredients that aren’t natural doesn’t mean you’re no longer natural. Does your curl pattern revert? You’re natural.
In all cases, if your natural curl pattern remains unaltered then you have natural hair.
That’s the bottom line irrespective of the debate on what constitutes “real” natural hair.
Don’t focus too much on the definition or start debating with people on group boards and forums about it.
Taking care of your hair and keeping it healthy should be your focus.
Abi delved into the world of hair care after suffering from a bout of severe hair loss. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Natural Oils for Hair and Health, as well as the writer of the Healthy Hair Care Series. She is also the creator of the The Self-Empowerment Network Portal. Read more…