I can't stand this whole "I'm natural" term. It's annoying really when I
stop to think about it. I just wear my hair the way it grows. It's not a
style or a lifestyle choice--just my hair...growing.
straighten my hair because I can (and some styles I want to wear look
better on straight hair than natural). I don't length check because I
grew up having long or longish hair. the shortest my hair has been was a
nape length bob and only because I had it cut.
My current length
of choice is a layered BSL-MBL. I straighten to trim because I like my
hair to lay nicely whether straight, curly, or styled. I can also see
the damage to my ends if I have any a lot easier and know where to cut.
A lot of people straighten to length check for one or a combination of the following reason:
- unable to determine the amount of growth they have accurately when natural
- do not have a tape measure
- grew up with short hair and are excited that they are finally growing their hair to certain lengths
- have length goals and straightened hair is the easiest way to display their growth to followers
- like me, because they can.
don't straighten my hair all the time but my hair doesn't get damaged
from it because I know how to straighten my hair without it breaking and
all that nonsense. People who don't know how to will inevitably run
into problems with the health of their hair after straightening.
mentioned earlier something about people wearing wigs weaves 24/7 and
not letting their hair breathe, have we ever considered the fact that
some people just aren't about doing their hair no matter the texture?
Some people don't have the tie or the patience to do their hair. My
cousin 3A hair that has always been long. I don't recall ever seeing it
shorter than MBL. It's gorgeous and full and thick. You know how she
wears it? In ponytails and buns. ALL. THE. TIME. She washes it,
conditions it, then throws it in a headband. Someone could ask why she
keeps her hair long if she isn't going to do anything with it. She just
doesn't care about it. You might argue that her hair is at least out and
in view of the world, but it isn't really. You just know she has hair
on her head. Even to my sister's wedding a couple weeks ago, she slicked
that sh*t back and put it in a doughnut bun. Not everyone cares about
their hair and wearing wigs and weaves is a damn easy way to not have to
do anything. They're also and easy way to change styles and add color
without having to damage you own hair.
One day, I hope to high heavens that people will realize that
hair is hair and no matter what you do with it, you are still you.
Whether my hair is short, long, straight, curly, bantu knotted, twisted
or braided out, I'm still ITD and my hair isn't changing that.