Natural Hair Problems Revisited... and Hopefully Solved

Tuesday, December 6, 2011



This previous post, despite being hilarious, also highlighted the problems that we face as naturals. It's hard not to mention drippies without a shudder running down your spine... More often than not, we find having to handle natural hair on a daily or weekly basis, is more demanding than we would want to commit to. We get overly emotional and irritated by even the most basic things such as single strand knots, detangling, failed styling attempts, amongst many others.

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Just like a lover or long time friend, there are moments in life when you need to spend some time away from your natural tresses... We understand this. Some of us run away and hide under braids, weaves, and even wigs. Although temporary, protective styling can keep your hair hidden for up to 6 weeks; results being - growth, a calmer state of mind not to mention cutting your normal hair budget by a notable margin (WIN!). These are temporary measures which can be used as often as you wish (bearing in mind the necessary precautions of course).

There are those of us however, who get fed up all together with the whole natural hair lifestyle of regimens and routines. Permanent measures are sought; some extremely drastic - reverting back to relaxed hair - others opt for the seemingly easier natural way of life i.e. permanent locks.


Our question today is, Have you ever been so fed up with natural hair and have entertained thoughts of locing your hair, rocking a short haircut or going back to relaxers? Secondly, what is it about natural hair that you personally find extremely challenging. Please share... you are at a safe place :)

14 comments:

Curly-Natural-Me said...

Glad you asked! I had hidden mine for a good 9 weeks under braids. I must say i missed it and am now rocking a braid-out....I however remembered last night why i had braided for so long after i fell asleep on the couch without having done my night routine of moisturizing and 8 braids. You should have seen me braiding with my eyes closed! Lol! I wish i could just hit the sack without a care in the world, but i know the morning-after wont be pretty:-)

Sonique said...
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Sonique said...

I know...natural hair can be a pain...but I loove my hair esp. when people go like..."you have beautiful and soft hair...I wish mine was like that...your hair grows so fast..."

I've contemplated texturizing my hair (thank God I didn't)So now I have invested a nice wig which I don't have the guts to wear...for now I have simple corn rows (good for my hair)
Wearing my hair naturally has taught me a lot about my hair..what works & what doesn't.

Hair of Heritage said...

Yes, I can relate to this! :) I've worn my hair natural for most of my life. Right now I'm letting it grow, without a plan really. But I have to admit, sometimes I just want to chop it all off when it is not doing what I want it to do. I miss my short get up and go hair style that I've had off and on a few times over the past ten years. Natural hair is not always easy to figure out, and sometimes products that worked for a certain length and season all of the sudden stop working and you feel like you are back to square one. Argh! :) It's a roller coaster.
Love the post, keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

i'm currently transitionsing and my hair is very brittle and worse still, it's really short at the back due to breakage(is it breakage or breaking)....anyway, this pat weekend i decided to undo my flat twists and let it be curly , but i still couldn't help but feel ...ugly! so i've gone back to hiding my hair under a scarf!....dreadlocks are looking like a possible option right now!

Anonymous said...

2 years into my natural hair journey I've reached a length I'm pretty happy with, had a chance to see what my natural hair is like and learnt plenty of great skills for handling it, but I'm tired. Maintenance consumes more time and energy (especially mental energy) than I'm willing to part with right now for hair. So I'm opting for something more permanent than the yarn twists I'm currently using as an escape. Reverting to relaxer is not even a remote option for me and locs would require quite a bit of work initially as well. So once I take out the twists I plan to go completely zero-maintenance by getting a short haircut and keeping that until I find myself in the mood for growing it out again. Problem solved!

Erika said...

I've big chopped almost every two years since I've gone natural. I'd also get my hair cut faithfully every 6 weeks. I'm a lazy natural. I never thought about a relaxer or locs because they too require a lot of effort if you want either to look presentable.

My hair is very thick, kinky and has the capacity to grow fairly long. Managing it beyond a certain length isn't really feasible considering, I like no fuss hair.

The Girl In The City Bus said...

I fear going all afro...the perfect Kenyan-man-look-alike afro because I fear well, looking like a man. I am loving my TWA but I am also finding it hard to make it look unique and less of a trend. I have tried accessorising but I am not liking seeing the same accessories with someone else. I have also been looking for Shea butter-4c type of hair. HOOK ME UP! Otherwise, I love Team Natural. That is all :)

Cathy of Top Beauty Secrets said...

How does it feel having those kinky hair? Well just curious.

Kurly said...

@CurlyNaturalMe...hehehehe its the joy of being natural...lol Braids can be a lifesaver though :-)
@Sonique, @HairofHeritage...this is why its called a natural hair journey..you get to know what works for your hair...Wigs are great...Mary wears them all the time...takes a bit of getting used to though
@Anons...hair should not tie you down..it should be enjoyed and if you are not enjoying it there are more than enough options to go for...Rock whatever works for you
@Erika...We cannot imagine hair beyond bra strap length....shudders!! No fuss hair is great
@Thegirlinthecitybus...Afros are great!! love em...if you have boobs, feminine features then you have nothing to worry about..rock the fro! Please send us an email about the shea butter
@Cathy!! Best feeling in the whole world!!

Chilli Mango said...

I just recently started experimenting with cornrow styles...ie tiny cornrows...my friend has to....love it!!!

Anonymous said...

Am almost cutting my hair.I hate the fact that it has thinned at the front (the temple)and it keeps getting worse.I have a huge Afro wig on my head right now and am telling you I am so done with natural hair and I don't want to relax what to do.Nothing seems to be working

Kurly said...

Hi Anon, we are sorry to hear about your experiences. Kindly send us an email - kurlykichana@gmail.com - and we will get in touch with you.

Stephanie Matthews said...

I have done the big chop 3 times already. I just the third yesterday. I permed most of my life and then my hair was extremely damaged so I did the big chop and I kept the fro for 3 years. Then, I loc'd and kept them for 3 years and became bored with them and did the big chop again. Just last year, I did Magic Straight and my hair broke off really badly, so I just did the big chop again. Now, I'm sporting a 1 inch mini fro and I really don't like it because I'm a big girl and I have a fat head. LOL I live in South Korea so there is no where I can go for an alternative solution. Every product I put in my natural hair just sucks it right up and my hair is dry and brittle like I did nothing to it. I don't know what to do with this mess. Someone plz help!!!!