It seems like there are always unnecessary issues in the black community. If it's not relaxed hair vs. natural hair, it's light-skinned vs. dark-skinned or some other insignificant "problem." Now it's natural vs. "truly" natural. I thought having relaxer-free hair was enough for me to call myself natural, but evidently to many people being natural is much more than that. To some, to be considered "truly" natural, you can't dye your hair or wear weave/extensions and you can only use all natural products (that's right, juices and berries). Some people even think that you can't wear fake nails or makeup and you have to be a vegetarian. Really? When I first went natural, I had no idea that people had differing opinions of what natural hair was. I thought having natural hair was just that...having natural HAIR--the way one's hair naturally grows out of their scalp--kinky, curly, or coily. Personally, I don't care if you have natural hair and dye it 4 different colors, use products with silicones or eat 5 cheeseburgers a day (ok, maybe that's a little too much). You still have natural HAIR in my book.
Just because someone chooses to wear their HAIR natural doesn't mean that other aspects of their life should automatically be natural as well. It almost seems like people who expect women with natural hair to be tree-hugging vegetarians do this because they think that ladies with natural hair feel that they are superior to women with relaxed hair. So, those who criticize do it to make natural hair ladies feel less than natural. Self-proclaimed "truly natural" women do this as well (to show superiority to natural hair women who dye their hair, wear makeup, etc). Yes, there are natural women (often referred to as "natural nazis") who do believe relaxers are the devil and bash women with relaxed hair, but they are the minority. Why can't being relaxer free be enough? Why can't we applaud women for embracing their kinky hair...period. Even relaxed women who can stretch their relaxers for long periods of time and embrace their new growth, rather than run from it, should be applauded.
What do YOU think?