Why are some naturals curl obsessed?
You’ve made the choice to go natural, and you’re feeling pretty good about it. You did your research, tried a few different products until you found a combination you liked, and you’re all set. Life moves on, right?
Not for some naturals!
Why The Obsession?
When it comes to our hair, we want to rock it! Many of us natural ladies love showing off our locks and secretly enjoy the looks and compliments we get. But that doesn’t mean we need to spend hours upon hours trying to decide what to do with it or how to wash it! Nor do we need to take every minuscule precaution making sure we don’t cause the slightest amount of frizz or damage to our hair.
So why are some naturals curl obsessed?
Part of it likely stems from the fact that going natural is something new to them, which means they’re unsure about exactly what they’re doing. Others are just self-proclaimed product junkies! Add to that the fact that people with similar hair textures come along saying they do this and that to their hair, and it’s no wonder some naturals are a little intrigued. If they have the time and money to try all these different concoctions, why shouldn’t they?
Frankly, I’m glad that they do! When I see a natural with hair that’s almost identical in texture and type as mine, I stop her to talk about all the different products she’s buying, along with what did and did not work for her. I take a mental note and learn from her experiences. If we’re practically hair twins, I can assume that those products will have the same effects on my hair and jump right to the ones with great results!
Odd Girl Out?
Regardless of how long your hair is or how much curl your natural hair has, be proud of your decision to go natural! Don’t feel an ounce of guilt over not letting yourself become obsessed with it.
If you don’t have the time (or desire) to create homemade hair masks using 12 different ingredients, spend hours working out a henna hair mixture or do a five-hour deep condition, it doesn’t mean you’re not taking care of your hair.
Keep your hair routine simple and make sure it works for you, and that’s all that matters. Monitor your growth now and again, but you don’t have to do it weekly or monthly. Also, it’s okay to refer to your hair as just that: hair. If you don’t have a proper name for your hair (our Global Editor's coils are named Lola), it’s alright.
Where To Fit In
If you’re just not curl obsessed and can’t bring yourself to chat about your hair for hours or make mention of it every other sentence, you’re not alone. You’ll fit right in with the other naturals who enjoy lurking on message boards, blog-hopping, checking out a few YouTube videos for naturals and then moving on with life. Some of us just can’t get on board with the natural hair-mania. At the same time, we definitely appreciate all of the meticulous work that those who are passionate about hair do!
Regardless of how long your hair is or how much curl your natural hair has, be proud of your decision to go natural! Don’t feel an ounce of guilt over not letting yourself become obsessed with it.To those of you who are obsessed and who are kind enough to chronicle your journeys online, we deeply and sincerely thank you!