Few things persist like the perceptions and convictions of natural-haired women about natural hair. Here are some subject matters on which natural-haired women agree to disagree:
Colour-dyed hair cannot be classified as natural hair
◊ Hair colour dye is a chemical; colour-dyed natural hair is chemically-treated and therefore not natural.
♦ Only relaxed hair is considered chemically-treated hair.
Coconut oil is a miracle product for natural hair
◊ Coconut oil is one of the few oils to penetrate hair strands and truly moisturise natural hair.
♦ Using coconut oil results in a stiff and straw-like feel, the opposite of soft moisturised hair.
Protective styles make natural hair grow
◊ Braids, hair extensions, wigs, cornrows and plaits allow the hair to ‘rest’, which allows it to grow quickly.
♦ Braids, hair extensions, wigs, cornrows and plaits weaken hair strands, wreck hair follicles which ultimately retard growth.
Frequent hair trims make natural hair grow
◊ Hair trims encourage hair growth; more trims equal more growth.
♦ Hair grows irrespective of the frequency of hair trims and frequent trims makes very long hair unattainable.
Natural hair volume: the bigger the better
◊ Voluminous natural hair is wild and unprofessional.
♦ Natural hair only looks good with volume.
Maintenance for natural hair is expensive
◊ Natural hair requires organic products and organic products are expensive.
♦ No need to buy organic products; most products are similar, buy a few of any kind and stick to them.
Which side are you on?