This is my fourth time "going natural". It seems like I do this every two years now, but I'm praying and believing that this will be my last time and that I will stay natural for the rest of my life. So, I guess the next important item to address is why am I natural.
- I believe that it is healthier for not only my hair, but my entire wellness.
- I believe that in this post-colonial society that natural black hair is vilified ESPESCIALLY in the black community and that maybe I can be an example of it's beauty.
- In that vein, I want black people to see that ANYONE can and SHOULD return to their natural hair no matter their hair type, being as I don't have "good hair". (good hair is defined by those unenlightened in the African Diaspora as hair that is either naturally curly or wavy, i.e. closer to a Eurocentric standard - also known as a "good grade of hair")
- I want my sons (and future daughters???) to appreciate and love a black woman with her OWN natural GOD GIVEN hair because the most beautiful and important woman in his life has natural hair (that would be me, their mom).
- If I ever have a daughter I want her to be able to wear her own hair "naked and unashamed" because she's seen her mother do it all her life.
- Laziness (I was pregnant, couldn't do my own hair, and I thought it would be easier relaxed).
- Black Hair Matrix* Re-lapse.
- Extreme Nap-Hate from family members, specifically my mom who now has been forced to go natural for the health of her hair and scalp