Guest Blogger Kinky Kinetik


You Ain’t NATURAL!!

So, there’s continued talk among the natural community on what being ‘natural’ is defined as.  In the past week, I think I have read at least a dozen posts about what is or isn’t ‘natural.’

While perusing the web and looking for other’s definition of natural, I found the following definition by “Unique”: your unaltered God given hair as it grows through the epidermis from follicles deep within the dermis.  Not chemically altered, colored, curled or straightened by relaxers, texturizers or other chemical agents and is also free of any and all extensions.


Well Kinky, what are your thoughts?  For the sake of the blog and my fan page, I will be somewhat politically correct.  Based on the definition above, as well as the thoughts of others that I have encountered, you’re not natural if:

~you color your hair,
~you wear weaves, wigs and/or extensions,
~you were adopted,
~you don’t eat organic,
~you use sulfates, parabens, ‘cones, etc.,
~you don’t use ‘all natural’ products,
~you don’t remember the date you started to transition and/or did your big chop,
~you’re not of African American descent,
~you straighten your hair with a hot comb and/or straightening iron,
~you wear polka dots on Friday,
~you transitioned instead of doing a big chop, and/or
~you don’t wear your hair in an afro.

Goodness.  Did I miss anything?

Well how do YOU define ‘natural’ Kinky?  I feel that you are natural if you do not get a perm, relaxer and/or texturizer… or use any other ‘chemicals’ to alter your hair texture.  Now, there are some that say that coloring your hair not only changes the color but the texture too.  However, I did not experience this when I colored my hair, and I used henna, box color and a mixture from a stylist/colorist before (not at the same time of course).

I think it is fine to wear weaves, extensions and/or wigs.  However, you may just need to use caution if/when you do.  The usage of weaves, extensions and/or wigs can help when doing protective styles.

I do prefer to use all natural products on my hair, just for overall health reasons.  So no, I don’t use parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum/petroleum, silicones, etc.  If you do and that’s what makes you and your hair happy – then so be it.  I guess I would rather that than you use a relaxer.  Just please do your research on what you do use [on your hair].

Some of the other statements above were added for comic relief and to show how big of a deal some are making out of what natural is or “ain’t.”  Opinions are like hair follicles, everyone has SOME!  LoL.

But on a serious tip (old school right), if you don’t have a relaxer, perm or texturizer, regardless of whether you choose to, or not to, do the above things, then I, Kinky Kinetik, still consider you natural…  What you do, feel, know, think and/or believe makes you happy, beautiful and confident being a natural, then so be it!  Whatever YOUR definition of natural is is what YOU will have to live with and accept.  What I, or anyone else says possibly does, but shouldn’t really, matter when it comes to what you define as ‘natural.’

As always, keep it kinky!

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About nawlins natural

Looking to share my natural hair journey. I have been natural for 2yrs and enjoy sharing my knowledge and enjoy learning different techniques of how to care for my natural hair. I believe in the most high power, Jesus Christ and maintain a positive outlook for my life. My motto is "Something wonderful is going to happen!" Please follow me on Twitter @allierucks my Facebook Page Natural Hair Community
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3 Responses to Guest Blogger Kinky Kinetik

  1. paintedmist says:

    Great article! I completely agree.

    • Kera says:

      Thanks Paintedmist!! (And you too Allie!!)

      • I so agree with this article. I see the debate in the Natural Hair community all the time and it is so divisive. The only person who decides if you are natural and not natural is you!! I have said your hair, your choice. I don’t worry about what some does with their; there are more important issues in the world for me to take a stand on!! This argument is another take on the School Daze musical number Good & Bad Hair

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