Even though we envision natural hair as being kinky, there are natural women who choose to wear their hair straightened. As a result, there is a growing controversy rather these women are choosing the “European Look” over the “Kinky Texture Look” and by choosing the latter, frowned upon by some in the Natural Hair Community. In my opinion, natural hair is natural hair, its relaxer free---straightened or kinky….. Some natural women just prefer having straight hair; this doesn’t always mean they don’t accept their hair in its kinky/curly texture. It’s all about educating ourselves and learning how to manage our kinks/coils without using harsh chemical relaxers. Essentially natural hair women should embrace any form of natural beauty and their natural sisters rather she straightened, loc’d or sport kinky/coils. As for me, I support natural women who choose to wear their hair straight based on “preference” not because of fear to wear kinky textured hair. We all have preferences based on our individuality and shouldn’t judge others who decide to do something naturally different with their hair, such as straightening.
Below are three beautiful natural hair women, who enjoy the diversity of wearing their hair straight. They have accepted their natural beauty and taken time to learn the importance of caring for their natural hair while straightened.
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Chaquetta, A Gorgeous Diva & Elementary Teacher in Abu Dubai
I've been natural for 7 years now..... To keep my hair from being heat damage: I would NEVER put any extra heat on my hair once I left the shop until I went back 2 weeks later! Each night I pin curl my hair and tie it with a satin scarf! However, now that I live in another country I don't wear it straight as often as I use to. Instead of getting it straighten every 2 weeks I now only add heat every 2 months. I make sure to use natural oils on my wet hair to lock in the moisture so the extreme heat doesn't fry it. I always read the ingredients on my hair products! I look for alcohol (SD-Alcohol 40) because I know that would dry my hair out...
The Beautiful Dr. Danielle also an Educator in Abu Dubai
I have been natural for the past 11 years. Although I only wear my hair "straight" from time to time, I make sure I keep my ends clipped and get protein and deep conditioning treatments. To assist with preventing heat damage, I usually get my hair rolled and sit under the dryer instead of using a blow dryer. I also only straighten my hair once every two to three months. I make sure that I use a heat moisturizer that helps to prevent heat damage.
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