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Relaxed vs. Natural Hair vs. Weaves vs. Dreads

“I am really feeling Valerie June’s freeform locs…Thanks to for introducing me to Valerie and her music!” - chescaleighHere are highlights from OnSugar blog Krissy's One Stop Beauty Spot.

Women, especially black women, have the ability to change hairstyles like underwear.  I support you ladies no matter what you do — just do it right and take care of your hair.  For the most part we all practice the same principles when it comes to proper hair care (co-washing, ACV rinse, trims, deep conditioning, etc.).  I'm always willing to help people with hair questions and concerns, or at least point them in the right direction.  I know plenty of people in that area.

Where I stand on a lot of hair issues:

  • I'm anti kiddie perms and kiddie dreadlocks on children if they're at an age where they can't make that choice for themselves (unless, of course, it's part of your religion). It's not about the chemicals, it's about the fact that it's a permanent hairstyle on a child. What if your child decides they want to wear their natural hair? You'll have to either cut their hair to transition them to natural hair. Yes, you can remove dreads but unless someone can find me a "safe" method that doesn't damage the hair, then I won't be changing my mind about this.
  • I'm pro weaves and braids as long as it's done right and your hair is still being kept healthy. If your hair is being done too tight and coming out, it's time to find a new stylist.
  • I'm pro curly and natural hairstyles within corporate America. I hear a lot of natural haired beauties bragging about self-acceptance and mainstreaming natural hair, but they still search for corporate hairstyles because of their natural hair. A bun will always be conservative no matter what type of hair you have.
  • I've always encouraged hair dialogue among women of different nationalities. You'll be surprised by the things we all have in common. If your non-black friend is telling you about a great hair balm that she pays $15 for, take her on a trip to a local beauty supply store and show her where to buy it for $5.

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Krissy90220 Krissy90220 7 years
Her name is Valerie June. She's a singer. Very talented chick. Here's a link to her website
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 7 years
@Anonymous #22: I was being sarcastic about the religious kiddie perm thing:-)
cha-cha13535 cha-cha13535 7 years
Great model in the picture. I relaxed my hair for over 20 years . After getting 3rd degree burns from a bad perm, I've gone natural and love it. Moisture is not my enemy. If I want straight hair, I can get it blown out and pressed. My motto is to each, her own. Hair should be fun and not a political statement.
jaynellokay jaynellokay 7 years
I just want to say that the girl in the photo is adorable!
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
Great article! I've got locks, but REALLY wish I could express my love of funky hairstyles, especially the ones I've seen people in Africa and the Caribbean do. However, as to corporate hair, you'd be surprised how the definition of corporate differs from country to country. For example in many African countries braids and cornrows are considered corporate, as is even a buzzcut or a mini-fro: look at Baroness Amos' (UK) hairdo! But I definitely think culture (beyond race or ethnicity) plays a very key role in people's perspective towards hair
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 7 years
How are kiddie perms part of someone's religion? Enlighten me, please. I love the post and the comments by the way.
emososays17 emososays17 7 years
I'm caucasian and work with many african american women and every night we have the most interesting conversations about hair. It really was surprising to see how much there was in common and how much we learned from eachother. They were surprised to know that my natural hair is curly and have asked me to start going natural too.
Dubn8tr Dubn8tr 7 years
Did anybody read that article in (I think) the most recent Essence? To me, they were dumping all over women who wear weaves or straighten their hair like NONE of them had ever done it (esp Solange). I've been natural (loved it) and I'm back to relaxing (love it) and it's my choice. I get so tired of people thinking that just b/c you straighten your hair, you're somehow ashamed. Having natural hair doesn't make anybody more "authentically black" or whatever.
MsTyque MsTyque 7 years
I've had my hair in every style (well except dreads or curly perms). I'm fortunate to have a stylist who first and foremost values the health of my my hair. I have fun trying new stylesand I feel beauiful in all of them. :)
NaturallyGlam NaturallyGlam 7 years
Great article!
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Love it!!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Wow, this was a great POV in my opinion. I agree, I think it is all about personal choice and why would anyone comment on a grown woman's personal choice if it is not hurting you. Kuddos!
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
i LOVE those curly dreads that she's wearing in the picture
EbonyKnots EbonyKnots 7 years
Exactly..."Natural Nazis" can be over bearing...
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