My Natural Hair Identity Crisis! Help Me!
Most often when we refer to “natural” we’re talking about relaxer-free, naturally-textured hair. That’s what this movement is all about, right? Giving up chemicals in order to set our kinky, coily, curly heads free. But there are certain hair practice techniques that call my own personal definition of “natural” into question. In particular: COLOR.
I’ve never colored my hair. Ever. Sure, I’ve added in streaks of vibrant color for fun, but nothing permanent that I couldn’t remove with scissors and a little unbraiding. I’ve always been a fan of my own natural hue, a deep, reddish brown with with lighter brown highlights that pop in the sun. While I appreciate platinums, reds, golds, and event purples on other people, color has never been something that interested me.
That is until last week at America’s Beauty Show.
On the second day of the show, we had Avlon’s Keracare models do a demonstration on our stage, and I quickly became obsessed with one of the model’s cinnamon-copper color with golden highlights. I thought it looked amazing with her skintone and even better with her texture. I immediately texted the images to my stylists and set away to snapping a bunch myself. I loved her color. And I wanted it for myself.
I’m the type of person that once an idea gets planted there’s no turning back. That’s how I wound up with things like a hot pink bed or my newest tattoo or The Damn Fade to name a few—the concept takes hold and WILL NOT RELINQUISH IT’S DEATH GRIP ON MY SOUL UNTIL I HAVE IT.
That’s where I’m at with this gorgeous color. I want it. In fact, I already have an appointment to get it. (My stylist Marie is more than totally on board with this!) My issue is that color is a chemical process and as a natural hair blogger, I’ve been preaching the virtues of a chemical-free existence. While color will not necessarily alter my curl pattern, it certainly will compromise the natural integrity of my hair. Once colored, I will no longer be wearing my hair just as it grows out of my scalp.
I know that lots of naturals out there color, but holy bajeeze am I conflicted on this one!
What are your thoughts on color as a chemical process? Is it natural or not? We’ve got a week before my appointment, so let’s discuss!