Kari W. writes:
Do you know someone whose hair is severely suffering from ‘the creamy crack’? I know I do, and about 5 years ago I could count myself as one of them. Breakage was a never-ending struggle for me, and it would zip from the front to the back of my head like CRAZY! And when it got tired of those two locations, it made a pit stop at my crown. So couple that with my naturally fine hair, and you could definitely say that I was no hair icon. Sad, limp ponytails were about as stylish as I got.
Now that I’m natural, I have the ability to try so many styles that never would have worked on my thin hair. I recently tried a simple updo (the Southern Tease Bun a la ‘Mane and Chic’), and I loved it on my hair! It was full and magnificent and I took about 50 pictures of it (by the way, I NEVER took pictures of my relaxed hair, as it was nothing to be immortalized through film). I immediately went to try it on my mom, who has relaxed hair that’s a few inches past her shoulders, and I was shocked at how thin her hair had become. I tried about 3 times, and it just didn’t look right. And then, adding insult to injury, a LOT of hair (both shed and broken) had come out just from finger combing and smoothing it. She said that it was shedding a lot because she needed a touch up.
Now, I’m definitely a natural-enthusiast. But I don’t try to convince people to go natural, because it’s a commitment, and sometimes even the suggestion of it gets me a raised eyebrow and the ‘you MUST be crazy’ side-eye. But sometimes I wish I could get people to consider it. They may be surprised at how much healthier and happier they (and their hair) could be!
Do you ever try to convince permies (especially those suffering major damage) to go natural?
And if so, what are their reactions?