| SweetNovember* wrote:|
I feel that since I have gone natural I am all things natural when it comes to my hair. But it seems a lot of girls still compare their hair to relaxed heads or how it would be if it were relaxed. For example, they straighten it to "see how long it is."Why does it matter how long it is when it is straight if you are natural? I could see if the person said "I straightened it because I wanted to wear it straight" but to straighten it for a length check? Huh?
Because people are focused on length and till their hair reaches a certain length they will not be able to feel the hair brush against their backs unless they stretch it(This is the same reason for the majority(Not all of course) of people to wear long weaves/lace fronts/long wigs/extensions, because they want to experience that feeling of hair brushing against their backs.).
They want to experience that same feeling with their hair in its naturally textured state, but that will take time and if their hair is at a length that they can achieve that look by stretching their hair, then they are going to straighten it.
Also, by knowing the length it is while straight and knowing the amount of shrinkage they have they can calculate their growth rate and will be able to know how long it might take to achieve their length goals and they can assess better when their hair doesn't seem to retain length if that is really the case or not.
For those that could care less about length of course that wouldn't matter.But with the growing market of weaves and the likes, I guess that it would be fair to say that there are many people that care about length.
Then we have those that straighten their hair for a trim. If you are natural, then why must your hair be trimmed to perfection when straight? Not to mention the act of straightening the hair will cause you to require trims more often.
If moisture and protein remain in balance with the proper method and proper use of products then it doesn't have to be that way for everyone. But those that get it trimmed to perfection when straight want to rock their hair at it's best in both conditions as a good trim can refresh a look once they're rocking the more textured look again.
It's a way of being able to have the best of both worlds, by treating it the best way that appeals to them.After all, though it's called going natural, it is really stepping away from the chemicals (for some also anything that MIGHT(it doesn't have to) damage hair.)
Then I just saw a video on youtube of a girl who straightened her hair and cut it into a bob because she didn't like the way it was growing, with the back hanging down longer than the front. As you know, afro hair grows out, not down, so why cut your natural hair based on it's appearance when straightened? How would a bob look in a fro? It seems like she is still basing her hair routine around Eurocentric ideals.
I'm not accusing anyone and not asking anyone to justify their hair care practices, but I'm just asking for your thoughts on this. This is something I have been musing over for a while.
As for my thoughts, I think that any actions done from a Eurocentric point of view are unfortunate. It all depends on the motivation behind it in my opinion. And yes I do agree that a lot of people are measuring the way their hair should look based upon Eurocentric standards, but there are plenty of people that know better than that and I think that in their case it's more a length than a texture thing.