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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote khivey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 03 2013 at 3:41am
I went natural because I want to have all my hair on my head when I'm an old lady.
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I didn't go natural on purpose.

I wore sew- ins pretty much back to back for 5 years. About 6 months into it, I didn't see the point of relaxing it since you couldn't see most of my hair under the weave and I was able to blend my leave-out easily without relaxers.

Between every sew in, I'd wash, deep condition and trim. Little did I know I was slowly but surely cutting off my relaxed hair. About a year and a half ago, I decided to wear my real hair more often. When I went to the salon to finally get it relaxed and done, the stylist noticed my hair had gotten crazy long and I only had a couple of inches of relaxed hair left. She pretty much begged me not to "destroy my hair" so I just decided to cut them off and press my real hair.

I noticed my wraps looked more full, bouncy and healthy without chemicals so I stick to it. I also loved being able to wet and moisturize my hair and have a totally different look.

There was no method or reasoning, political or otherwise. I still wear weaves heavily, and it has nothing to do with shame. I get compliments natural, straightened, with our without weave. It's just hair to me at the end of the day.
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For some people it is a statement (regardless of their color); for me, not so much. I just didn't want relaxers anymore. My hair is healthier and I feel beautiful the way I am. No need to suffer for a look I don't even like and pay for the privledge.

Ain't nobody got time for that.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote zsazsa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 03 2013 at 9:22am
Sweet November, I am so glad you made this thread pertaining to natural hair. 

I like a page on FB and the woman who runs it is constantly preaching! here is her latest statement today (Mothers Day is next week here)

Good morning!

One week to celebrate mothering Sunday!!!

Sadly I don't particularly look forward to this,

But I love mothers and xxxxxxxxxxxxxx celebrates all women!!!

So I'm going to give a free gift to a very special mother....

Send me pictures of your mother before Wednesday and I'll upload and the mother with the most vote will win an xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx!!!

The requirements are you must be in the UK, if you're of an Afro descent your mother must have natural hair, however if you're not an afro descent and you're of Caucasian, Asian descent then that's fine.....

Please send clear non portrait pictures to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The deadline is Wednesday!!

Don't wait till the commercialization of this world says you should celebrate your mother,

Everyday is a celebration of motherhood,

Count your blessings not everyone is privileged to do so.....

As someone promptly replied:

That's a bit unfair. If your mother doesn't have natural hair she doesn't deserve a chance to win a prize?

She replies: no that's far from it, but it just happens to be the way I do things, if I said otherwise I wouldn't be able to choose there would be so many entries, but hence why I stipulated that if your mother isn't of an afro decent then that's OK, giving our Caucasian and Asian sisters a chance to participate..

The woman then replies: Lol... about caucasian and asian descent... are you saying it is fine for them to have fake/unnatural hair and not us... Hmmm doesnt make sense. A mother is a great mother regardless of her hair! My mum is natural but when she processed her hair she wasnt less deserving. Its a shame you do things that way. Alienating a whole group if great mothers based on hair.
 
She replies: I'm sorry you see no sense in this, however it's not to make anyone feel less appreciated. it is the only way to make it easier and less complicated for me, I can see other people complaining because it's UK only.....I have many requirements that I must adhere to for my exhibition, one requires me to have natural hair otherwise I cannot exhibit others complain, but for me I see nothing wrong with it it's about what they're promoting...



It just rubbed me the wrong way. I will also post her other statement she wrote yesterday that made me raise my eyebrow, lol. 

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Thinking of returning to natural (thanks ashbash Wink) I'm 19 weeks post.
 
It started just from so much breakage and damaged hair. What good is APL hair if it's all unhealthy?
 
I think most don't mean for it to be a statement but when everyone keeps asking you why? why? why did you go natural? you have to make a statement. you have to let it be known.
 
 
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This sh*t ain't makin' no statements today.
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My natural hair is a statement, it's a statement that I no longer
*accept societys standard of beauty
*need to alter my hairs appearance by perms or eurocentric hair weaves
*addicted to the false sense of beauty and attention that come with wearing a eurocentric weave
*have ever wanted to straighten it, I've had perms before I know what it looks like
*accept that my hair has to be something other than what it is...


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote EPITOME Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 03 2013 at 10:57am
it is not a statement where i am from. women are natural and wear their hair straight, puffs, fros, twists, twist outs, braids, weaves, etc.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote greenttby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 03 2013 at 6:47pm
I don't know. I saw a YouTube video of a lady with crochet braids . The braids were like Cree summer/ ray drink Chung type if hair. Everyone complimented me on how beautiful I looked. It's been almost a year and when I went to get my hair braided after 9 months, I mentioned that that would be my last session and I was going back to my beautician for my relaxer. She informed me that I only had a few inches on relaxer on my hair. I haven't seen my natural hair in 30 yrs. it's been a year and I wash and condition my hair and keep it braided. I m afraid and don't know what to do from here. I have always hated the suffering from the relaxer, so it wasn't hard to do. My hair is ear length and I think I wil get it pressed when I stop wearing the braids.
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Lower ear length.
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