What is Natural Hair

February 11, 2009

Me and my best friend were going back and forth last night about what “natural hair” is. It started when we saw a girl downtown with a huge platinum blond fro. Her hair looked awesome and I made a comment about it being natural. My bf tried to shut me down and tell me that the girl’s hair was not natural because it was “obviously colored treated”. I considered natural hair to mean someone who didn’t have a relaxer in their head… because in my words… “It’s all about the texture, and she obviously didn’t lose any…”. But my best friend kept saying anything with any form of chemical is not natural hair. I hit up ChaCha (a free mobile service that answers questions, text 242242)to find out the answer.

What is natural hair? It took ChaCha 2 minutes to tell me my friend was correct. When I got home I looked up the source site and confirmed it. According to Milady’s 2008 Cosmetology Textbook, hair is only considered to be “natural” or “virgin” if it has not been altered chemically. That includes perming, relaxing, straightening, bleaching or coloring. I guess she told me, lol.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

aulelia February 12, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I would have to agree about the colour thing, especially if she is black and her hair is blonde.

Ladii Angela December 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I am a licensed hairstylist that works regularly with natural hair and your friend was correct. Natural hair which is also known as virgin hair is completely chemical free without any permanent alteration. Today, the term “natural hair”, especially among the African American or Ethnic community, refer to relaxed free hair.

When it comes to chemically treating your hair I generally recommend my clients choose just one chemical process at a time in order to reduce the risk of damage. In other words, if they like to wear the relaxed straight look, then I advice they do not use permanent hair color and vice versa.

Alice Moore July 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I also feel that added hair should not be classified as natural hair, even with the braids with extensions and curly looks anything with added hair. It also should specify that there are some black hair that is not chemically treated but it looks straight after hot combing it. please include your thoughts about this in your statements.

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