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Old 12-01-2006, 12:06 PM   #1
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I think natural is very minimal styling (the cut, the tools, and the products) and absolutely no chemical alterations. Someone who washes their hair to me is still natural. But if they flat iron it of course it's not because it isn't the natural wavy/curly.
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Naturally straight = if you wash your hair and let it air dry, it's straight.
Naturally curly = if you wash you hair and let it air dry, it's curly.
Natural blonde = if you never colored or highlighted your hair, it would be blonde

This is how I have always thought about the word natural. Hmmmm......
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Naturally straight = if you wash your hair and let it air dry, it's straight.
Naturally curly = if you wash you hair and let it air dry, it's curly.
Natural blonde = if you never colored or highlighted your hair, it would be blonde

This is how I have always thought about the word natural. Hmmmm......
Yup, I agree with that assessment. If I do nothing to my hair, it will be curly. It will look like crap, so I have to use product. I still consider it natural when I style it curly b/c that's that it "wants" to do.
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Ditto on 2happy

"Natural" = not altering the natural shape by curling, flattening, perming, etc.

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Naturally straight = if you wash your hair and let it air dry, it's straight.
Naturally curly = if you wash you hair and let it air dry, it's curly.
Natural blonde = if you never colored or highlighted your hair, it would be blonde

This is how I have always thought about the word natural. Hmmmm......
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I don't think using shampoo is unnatural because it doesn't really alter the texture of your hair, it just cleans it. Animals clean their coats, that is natural, so why is it unnatural if we clean our hair?
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:12 PM   #7
 
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Ok, kinda strange but ok.

I don't know of any shampoo that changes your hair colour or texture, therefore shampooing hair is natural, even way back when, people would find ways of cleansing hair, with completely natural things so I don't think cleanliness really affects "natural".

Flat irons are not natural, but find me one person on here who flat irons and then says "i'm being natural".

Fingers make great combs, would that not be natural?

Natural doesn't boost anyones self worth, people may consider themselves to be naturally curly or straight, I know I do, and trust me professing to be naturally curly doesn't alter my feelings of self worth.
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Naturally straight = if you wash your hair and let it air dry, it's straight.
Naturally curly = if you wash you hair and let it air dry, it's curly.
Natural blonde = if you never colored or highlighted your hair, it would be blonde

This is how I have always thought about the word natural. Hmmmm......
yup, I agree. I don't think shampoo makes someones hair "unnatural." Washing your hair doesn't make it unnatural either... IMO.
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Old 12-03-2006, 01:14 PM   #9
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I appreciate all the comments.

I have to disagree about shampooing and conditioning hair bring natural.

Shampoos and conditioners contain harsh ingredients that are common in hair relaxers.

Many people do use the term "natural hair" to make them feel superior to people who choose to relax, and straighten their hair.
Surely there must be shampoos and conditioners that dont contain all those nasties out there.

Well I suppose if someones letting their hair choose a natural curl formation then that would be considered natural, in comparison to someone who relaxes or straightens. But if someone relaxes or straightens because they aren't happy with their hair's natural texture then that's their choice. Someone horrible might use it against them, but I haven't come across anyone like this yet.

This is just my opinion BTW and I don't want you to think I'm arguing
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Naturally straight = if you wash your hair and let it air dry, it's straight.
Naturally curly = if you wash you hair and let it air dry, it's curly.
Natural blonde = if you never colored or highlighted your hair, it would be blonde

This is how I have always thought about the word natural. Hmmmm......
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I don't think using shampoo is unnatural because it doesn't really alter the texture of your hair, it just cleans it. Animals clean their coats, that is natural, so why is it unnatural if we clean our hair?
Agreed.

So, if shampooing is unnatural, then people who bathe themselves aren't natural either. :P
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So, if shampooing is unnatural, then people who bathe themselves aren't natural either.
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So, if shampooing is unnatural, then people who bathe themselves aren't natural either. :P
I guess that depends if you use soap or not.
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I appreciate all the comments.

I have to disagree about shampooing and conditioning hair bring natural.

Shampoos and conditioners contain harsh ingredients that are common in hair relaxers.

Many people do use the term "natural hair" to make them feel superior to people who choose to relax, and straighten their hair.
There are many products out there that do not contain harsh ingredients. I don't believe any of my products have ingredients that are harming my hair.

As for "natural" being used to feel superior, I have to disagree. With society's stigma against curly/kinky hair, we have a hard time just feeling accepted, much less feeling superior.
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Old 12-04-2006, 09:32 AM   #15
 
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Natural to me is no permanent chemical change i.e. permed, straightened, coloured.

If saying I have natural hair makes me superior then so be it... I'm superior.
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