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Things That Suck and Rock About Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202143 Comments

Things That Suck and Rock About Natural Hair

Ok, before y’all attempt to tie me up with silk scarves, draw your afro picks and scalp me, hear me out! Natural hair is fly. In all it’s fluffy, tightly coiled, irreverently wild, attention grabbing glory, my hair is one of my favorite physical features! However, there are some days, when my hair just chaps my [email protected]# in the worst way. I have never had a perm, so being naturally kinky/curly is all I know. It’s only natural to have moments of frustration and pride with this head of hair of mine, and lemme tell ya, I’ve had many a moment. Below are 10 things about my hair that make me happy and would drive me to drink. lol!

Sucky Thing #1: Ya know, I love my hair, but I really hate washing it. REALLY. Call it lazy, call it nasty, call it whatever you like, but I dread what’s known in my home as “Sucky Saturdays”. I get up before Mr.Rooster puts on his drawls, and get to shampooing, rinsing, conditioning, combing out, rinsing, deep treating for 30 minutes to an hour, rinsing, and plaiting my very thick/past shoulder length hair. Friday and Saturday are my favorite days of the week, but BOY do I hate wasting an entire Saturday on my hair. Wash and Go? Forget about it! Lol!

Sucky Thing #2: MY HAIR BREAKS ISH! Seriously, I go through at least 10 hair ties a month. I purchase the Goody’s ouchless hair ties for thick hair, but somehow still manage to pop them when I try to tie up my hair. My hair is so thick, I really need to get a good grip on my hair and the tie or I’ll have “fat head”. You know, that sloppy, poofy look your pony tail gets when it’s not tied tight enough? Yea, #not sexy.

Sucky Thing #3: One poor choice of a hair product or hair care habit can cause you a major setback. When I first decided that I was going to take better care of my hair, a lot of blogs and forums were bashing petroleum use in your hair. “DOWN WITH GREASE!” I screamed and pitched all of my DooGro stash. I started greasing my hair with tea tree oil and found that my scalp slowly started to resemble a bowl of cereal as the days and weeks went by . The size of my dandruff flakes were apocalyptic y’all! My hair was also extremely dry, coarse and impossible to comb through! After a month sans petroleum, I had to crawl back to Wal-Mart, purchase a honking bottle of Doo-Gro and got to greasing! My hair has been happy ever since!

Things That Suck and Rock About Natural Hair

Sucky Thing #4: In my head, when I think sexy time with my hubby, I don’t envision wearing my head scarf and satin bonnet. LOL! Sometimes I feel like I need to sacrifice my scarf and bonnet to look “sexy time appropriate”. I know it’s all in my head, because hubby reminds me every night to wrap it up (my hair, you freaks…lol), but I want to give him the “Chaka Khan Whip Appeal” sometimes, ya know?

Sucky Thing #5: I lose stuff in my hair all the time. *Blushing* Let me explain. I like to use my hair as an extra storage area. It’s so convenient to stick pens, pencils, and knitting needles in my hair. However, there are times when I forget to remove these objects and have them retrieved by hubby at the end of the day. Worse still is having my kids at work rifling through my hair for pens and pencils to do their homework…lol!

My Hair Rocks, Reason #1: Versatility, hand’s down. The best thing about being natural is the versatility of my hair. I can wear it big and twisted out, or I can wear it straight. I can pull it up in an afro puff or twist it into a french roll with a fancy scarf! Depending on what products I use, I can pull off a short bob or a long braid out. The possibilities are endless and I can never get bored with my hair.

My Hair Rocks, Reason #2: My hair seems to be impervious to wind. It’s so thick that even the strongest gusts of wind hit my hair like a hurricane against a brick wall. It awesome because my hair is always picture perfect when pulled back into an afro puff, but has that diva ,Diana Ross affect when I wear it out. The harder the wind blows, the bigger and more fabulous my hair gets!

My Hair Rocks, Reason #3: I stand “tall” at 5 ft nothing, so I am willing to take any help I can get! When I wear bigger styles like twist outs, twist and curls and braid outs, it seems to give me a few extra inches in height. Better still is that when I add a pair of fabulous stilettos, I go instantly go from “short” to “fun size”! YES!

Things That Suck and Rock About Natural Hair

My Hair Rock, Reason #4: Low maintenance. Other than the nightmarish washing/henna episodes that I have to do monthly, my hair is very low maintenance. If I run a comb through it once this week, it won’t happen again until next week. Finger combing has become my best friend :-) . If I really, REALLY, REALLY wanna leave my hair be, I can throw in some teeny weeny twists and go for at least 3 weeks without combing it!

Things That Suck and Rock About Natural Hair

My Hair Rocks, Reason #5: *smug smile* I hate to admit it, but one of the best things about having big, bad (as in awesome), hair is that dudes dig it. I’m married now, so the only man hands in my hair is my hubby’s, but I remember being single and just pulling down compliments and stares of admiration left and right when I wore my hair out! Guys would stop me at the mall and ask me if it was all mine, or tell me that my hair was beautiful constantly. I even caught a guy at the club sitting with his straight haired/ weaved up girlfriend, staring in awe and admiration at all the hair I was working with. He later found me and told me that he wished his lady would wear her hair “out” like mine. Then there was that time at the frat party that the dudes were flocking because I took my hair down on a dare…..Yup, ignore what some men say, majority of them dig our natural curls. Flash it, flip it, werk it honey!


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43 Comments

  • Ellie says:

    You have such amazing hair! I have to waste entire days on my hair too! I say waste…but it is what has to be done and so I use it as an exscuse to be lazy and watch lots of movies while I combat my hair

  • Anonymous says:

    I can't wait to be able to go natural!

  • Unknown says:

    Nikki: how long does it take to make those little twists? I almost locked my hair but because of my impatience and lack of wanting to commit to retwisting my hair, I copped out.

  • Unknown says:

    @Yvette I really like the cantu Shea butter leave in and seal with tea tree oil. Even if I don't wash my hair it is very moisturizing and gives my hair an unbelievable shine and bounce.

    @curlynikki I love this article. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • Yvette says:

    I just went natural a month ago. I had to cut my hair short last year because the relaxer broke it off and I have been wearing braids and twists for a year. I love the feeling of my thick shoulder length hair. When I first wore it out, I got so many compiments and a few people said that they want to grow their perms out. I am still learning my hair. I wash and deep condition it and apply a leave in conditioner and oil, but it is always so dry? Can someone reccomend a product to keep my hair moisturized?

  • Anonymous says:

    I love this article! Super funny, inspiring and your hair is so fly!…Thanks for sharing

  • Anonymous says:

    I love this article :-). She said she gets up before the rooster puts his drawls on…lmbo.

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG lol I lose hair pins in my hair all the time and don't even find some until it's time to wash it. I love this post because I can relate to everything you said plus your hair even looks like mine!

  • monniej says:

    Taneica, i always enjoy you posts so much! i'm pretty much just hitching my wagon to your list because i think you've covered most of the sucky and great things about our hair. the only sucky think i have to add is TANGLES! man, the time i spend removing tangles and ssks could be part of the reason i'm sleep deprived! every night while twisting it's a search and rescue mission! *smh* the one great thing i'd like to add that makes me love my hair so much are TWIST OUTS! how in the world did i survive so long without them? the crazy thing is i keep trying to control the shape after taking down my twists daily and my hair just keep doing what it wants! lol~ it's a beautiful thing! 🙂

  • Candy says:

    And our hair rocks because it looks good in wind AND rain! Unless you have a perfectly circular fro in a convertible…. then it just looks odd and you've got to reshape it

  • Candy says:

    Yeah…. I <3 all of the above, but #5 had me rolling, simply because it's TRUE! I'm married too, but that doesn't stop fellas of all colors coming up to comment on it or ask to touch it – "Excuse me, sir, I don't mean to be rude but…."

  • Anonymous says:

    My Hair Rocks, Reason #5

    8:00am: Woke up late today. Pulled flattened fro back into puff, slapped on headband. Quick shower. Knocked the wrinkles out of uniform and made a mad dash to work with no makeup on face. 😛

    12:00pm: Told by customer I looked like a movie star.

    Priceless.

  • Unknown says:

    I love all your "sucky " things…especially that wash day…I am currently procrasting wasting an entire day washing and ish.:/

    My sucky thing is I still don't like getting my hair wet in the rain. Its one of those old relaxed hair things that I haven't shook so if its raining, I won't wear my hair out or I use a umbrella. Nope, still don't want my hair wet. lol

  • Levone says:

    This was a fun article to read!

  • Jessica says:

    Sucky Thing: Things get caught in my hair that I don't put there myself. I can be walking down the street with a friend and they will be pulling leaves, small sticks and lint from my hair.

    My Hair Rocks reason: I don't need a hat in the winter!! Mostly because no hat will fit over my fro if I'm wearing it. Shall I rock my fro, I can finally be cute and where a creative earmuff thing.

  • Toya says:

    Lol at "short to fun size", I'm a petite girl also. For me the thing that sucks about natural hair is the shrinkage. I have shoulder length hair (when my hair is stretched lol) but it only hits the bottom of my ears in shrink mode. I love the versatility though; it just can't be beat. I'm also learning to appreciate the frizz. I could start out with a smooth style and if it rains my hair will poof and curl but hey it's okay. That's what it's supposed to do 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Sucky thing for me is my pre-pooing. I have to do this so washing is not a nightmare. It takes a good hour to finger detangle this head.

    Awesome thing is that going natural brought out the true me. Relaxed hair me was safe and conforming. Natural me is sexy sassy with an eclectic style I didn't think I had. I guess it comes with the territory.

  • Anonymous says:

    Jheeez, this makes me so excited for my hair to grow longer! reason #4 was funny though, I expected it to mention guys somewhere and it did haha. I cannot wait for my 'twa' to grow into a big long fluffy full mane

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    Great post! I could do nothing but smile and enjoy every word!

    Barbara of www.barbaranaturallyspeaking.blogspot.com

  • Randi415 says:

    Love it! Sucky thing #4 had me rollin' lol I can totally relate. Your hair is Awesome!

  • MommieDearest says:

    LOL!!! That was too cute. It made me smile. She is adorable and her hair IS bad (as in awesome 😉

  • Anonymous says:

    Cute post! Love it! 😀

  • Taneica says:

    Thanks y'all! You all are so kind :-). To Anon 6:24 and Carla, I tried some stuff called Hollywood Beauty Tea Tree Oil. It said that it was a scalp oil, so that's what I used it for! lol! I gotta tell ya though, that's what I get for trying to fix something that wasnt broken! Thanks again for reading my article!

  • Carla says:

    I was curious why you used tea tree oil on your scalp too. If used on the scalp, you *must* dilute with a carrier oil big time. Its rarely used on the skin as/is unless you are spot treating a pimple or trying to prevent/stop an infection. Even then most people still need it diluted.

  • MissJoiful says:

    In reference to sucky thing #1 Guuuuurl I feel you. The longer my hair gets the less I look forward to wash day so I've cut down on my washes from once a week to 'just whenever I think it's dirty'….lol. All the stuff I have to do to it becomes tedious and time consuming. But then what rocks about my hair is, at the end of the day when I wear it out I get tons of compliments from everybody about the health and lusciousness of my hair…..I won't get started on the compliments from the fellas 🙂 Just today someone wanted to know what type of hair I had in (my hair is in small twists) and where she could get it! LOLOL!! Obviously all the pre-poos, the protein treatments and deep cons are paying off! I can also relate to 'why my hair rocks reason #4'. Chile I've been wearing these mini twists for 3 weeks now. I can't tell you how good it feels not to have to comb my hair in the mornings or at nights! Natural hair rocks mon!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Great article and I agree with it all.

    But who on earth told you to grease your scalp with tree tea oil? Tea tree oil was primarily used to draw out infections. That's why it's great pimple relief. Dries the sucker up by morning. In small doses it has the added benefit of relieving dry scalp (because it cleans up the bacteria), but only in small doses (as in a few drops to a whole lot of water).

  • AFdot says:

    *DEAD* SOOOO entertaining! Had me laughing from beginning to end! <3

  • KinkyMil says:

    Lo, lol and lol. In the best funny way you said the whole truth. I loved your article. Congrats! Great writer…..

  • My3BoyZ says:

    Awesome article. You must be a teacher too, cuz I just took my pen out of my hair when I came home (after I visited several stores with it still in my hair;)

    And the brothas DO feel our natural hair! I get so sad reading the blogs of the sistas who have to deal with 'ignant negros' about our natural hair. I'm married too, but the brothas definitely appreciate naturalness;)

  • Anonymous says:

    When my hair was relaxed, I never wore it loose and down, because it looked so thin and flat. Now that I have natural hair, most days I wear my hair loose and down, I love it, I want to see my hair and feel it, so I don't wear protective styles much, except when going to bed or as a twist out for example. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes to this article!
    I agree with the storage one! I get things stuck/lost/buried/ captured in my hair all the time…I have to bob and weave when I see a fly coming!! lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes, girl!
    I'm down with you on Sucky Thing # 4.
    I don't think my wraps are sexy either, and getting up to wrap after intimacy is so snuggle-killing. In the morning, my hair has suffered.

    ROFL @ Sucky Thing # 5. Bwah-ha-haaa

  • Precious Henshaw says:

    Haha, love the humor in this article! Nice!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Love your post! Utterly entertaining.
    For me, Sucky Thing #1: I clog drains. All of them! lol. It's really embarrassing.
    My Hair Rocks #1: My hair is beautiful and unique (as is all natural hair). People stop me in the street to compliment me. It makes me feel good. Especially when teenagers tell me.

  • Rashida Thompson says:

    Loved this article!

  • donna dorrane says:

    lol…I luv your articles and style of writing. I wear a buzz cut…so I cut the suckiness right on out chile'

  • Anonymous says:

    Great article. Very entertaining but true. I too love that I can wear a short bob and then straighten it out and have a "new" length. I'm enjoying my hair regardless of the pain it comes it at times. But even when my hair was relaxed my hair wasn't a breeze. Either way I love the versality of my hair…even if it requires me to wash it twice in one night because I tried blending two products together only to end up with my hair turning white. It happened last night and I had to wash my hair over and start again. 🙂

    Jas

  • Pecancurls says:

    Ok, you had me cracking up with using your hair for storage! LOL!!! Your hair is gorgeous by the way. I have to say that I too hate the dreaded wash. I am still working on perfecting a twist out and the nightly maintenance once I finally get the twist out going.

  • Prinie says:

    I LOVE YOUR HAIR! (^_^) It's beautiful! So, in my opinion, the suckiness is totally worth it. lol

  • Bootzey says:

    I ain't mad at you. Nothing is 100% wonderful all the time. I wash my hair 1/month, after my cycle. I wear my hair covered most of the time and I just can't envision that it gets really dirty. And washing it more frequently that that makes it crunchy. You know… locing your hair will give you the freedom to let your honeydo just grab on for dear life….

  • Anonymous says:

    As for sucky thing No. 2…you should try the elastic hair pins. I get them from Ricky's and they are striaght elastics that have small hooks on the ends. Think about the old school ballies we all wore as kids but instead of balls on the ends you have tiny hooks. You simply secure one end on your hair, wrap the elastic around and hook the ends together or onto your hair depending on how loose you want the ponytail or bun to be. I have extremely thick hair too and I can't live without them. I use them to secure my ponytails, buns or sometimes I just pull my hair back and secure the pin on each side of my head for a half up half down look.

  • Anonymous says:

    MAN YOU HAVE SOME GUN ON YOU (nice muscular arms)!!!! Keep it up!

  • Lisa Michelle says:

    I love it…I think you hit a lot of what we Naturals experience on a daily basis, whether sucky or rockin! Great article!

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