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 in it or because you don’t wear extensions and protective styles?
Natural hair is hair that the curl pattern hasn’t being altered by chemicals like relaxers, texturizes and other chemical straighteners. Below is a breakdown of what constitutes natural hair or not:
Is My Hair Natural? 8 Ways to Tell if You’re Natural or Not
- You’ve stopped applying relaxers, texturizers and chemical straighteners to your hair.
- If you colored your hair but your curl pattern is still maintained and unaffected by the colour, your hair is natural.
- Hair that’s being straightened with blow dryers and flat irons or curled with curling irons is still natural as long as the hair reverts once it comes into contact with water.
- 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.
- If you wear wigs, weaves and other protective styles but your hair remains unaltered underneath, then you have natural hair.
- 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 really natural anymore and is heat damaged.
- Being natural refers to your hair. It doesn’t mean because you eat meat, poultry, etc, you’re no longer natural anymore than you’re natural because you eat only leaves, berries and vegetables.
- 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.