PROS AND CONS OF NATURAL HAIR 1

PROS AND CONS OF NATURAL HAIR 1

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The length of your hair is determined by how well you take care of it.

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We started a beautiful discussion 3 weeks back on how to determine if relaxed or natural hair is best for you. From point 4, we see that knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each type of hair would be a guide in making your decision. Let’s look at natural hair in depth.

Each strand of African Natural hair or Afro-textured hair grows in a tiny spring-like helix shape and are closely packed cos of the strong protein bonds in them. When this hair is relaxed through chemicals, those protein bonds are weakened and broken down permanently, which makes the hair straight. When the protein bonds are partially broken down, you have texlaxed hair which makes it thicker, stronger than completely relaxed hair.

PROS and CONS OF NATURAL HAIR

Pro:

You don’t have to bother to relax your hair every now and then ; C’mon, let’s face it, relaxing the hair could be stressful, especially if you wanna do it the healthy hair way. Usually, it is a whole- day event for me. So you can skip this altogether, if your hair is natural.

Con:

TIME TO DETANGLE: Natural hair can get tangled easily especially if you are not yet a ‘pro’ at caring for it. So it takes extreme patience to detangle the hair and as it gets longer you would take more time to detangle, an average of four hours in most cases.(could be more or less) It takes forever to air-dry.

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Pro:

YOU GET THE VOLUME: No matter how well you care for relaxed hair, you can never beat the volume of naturals. This is so captivating. #bighairdontcare. You can’t enter a place without making heads turn…especially when you style it gracefully.

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Con:

MORE HEAT, MORE DAMAGE: Afro-textured hair is not very heat friendly, so avoiding/minimizing it is one key to healthy hair. If you love sleek hair, you would have to straighten it often; soon you might be battling heat damage. You would also need heat to dry your hair on wash days when you don’t have about 2hrs or more to air-dry.

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Stay beautiful!!!

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Good post Praise… Well I’m natural and there are quite a number of ways to avoid the cons….for the detailing, I never comb my hair, if I must I would have to do that under running tap water with conditioner in my hair, and if it’s dried, I only finger combing after I have oil in my fingers…. African threading is the heat free way to stretch ones natural hair, use a curly to straight natural kit or use SSS plates and if you must use a flat iron or the likes you would have to use a heat repellent

    Going natural is a good and praise worthy decision, to change from relaxed to natural you just have to be sure you would love it and if you would be dedicated in terms of resources – growing a healthy natural hair takes time and money but you would be glad you did!!

    Lots of love,
    Temitope Babatunde
    http://www.hermazing.com

    • Thanks Temitope, am so glad that you love your natural hair that’s the beauty of it all.. Clever suggestions! Our natural sisters could try these and see how well it works for them. Finger detangling is much easier when you rock a TWA but as it gets longer,with greater volume, more work needs to be done. More Work, More Time.

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