I was reading Essence magazine about a month ago and discovered several articles about Natural Hair. In almost every article, the hairstyles were texturizers, wigs or weaves. Which left me pondering, if a woman has natural hair and wears a weave on top of it, is she natural? And if a permie has a natural looking weave or an afro wig, is she natural?
I was walking with my sister around Thanksgiving, and I saw a mannequin with a fierce wig the way my natural loose hair used to be like a curly half-fro. And I thought, I should buy that wig. I told my sister about being conflicted on whether or not I should buy it. And she simply said that if it's for adornment, then do as you please. Would rocking an afro wig make me any less natural? I decided to leave it. But she had a point. Added adornment doesn't make me less natural. But on the other hand, how can I be natural and synthetic at the same time.
In the media, there are countless Black womyn who rock texturized naturals, curly weave, and extension locks. Do you think of these womyn as natural? I would normally say no. But because I have been reevaluating the essence of natural, I would like to hear your thoughts? Especially you Renea, thanks for your comments on the last post! Your paradigms are so poignant.