Natural Hair Is A Fad And I Am OK With That
I was in a tweet chat a few weeks ago and mentioned how it seems like every hair product brand is jumping on the natural hair fad.
As soon as hit send someone responded with, “I hate when people call natural hair a fad.”
So I thought about it. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe I was using the incorrect word. So I looked up the definition of fad:
An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, esp. one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.
Oh, OK. Right word.
Do I think natural hair is a fad? Yes, for some it is.
And I’m OK with that.
See, for you natural hair may be spiritual. Or perhaps it represents your self-acceptance after years of hating your looks.
It could be your way of coming into your own, of telling your friends and loved ones you’re no longer concerned about how they think you should look.
Or maybe you just need a new look. Or you want to give up the relaxer so you can color your hair and avoid two chemical processes.
Could be that Lalah Hathaway is your favorite natural hair celebrity and you want to see how you’ll look with dreads.
All of these reasons are valid. I’ve said it many times before: There is no right or wrong reason to go natural, just as there is no right or wrong way to rock natural hair.