For those who are meeting me for the first time, please allow me to introduce myself in one sentence: My name is EbonyCPrincess and I am a healthy hair advocate. I love all kinds of hair – short, long, relaxed, natural, transitioning, texturized – literally all kinds as long as it is healthy. If you rock wigs and weaves back-to-back, cool with me I just say don’t neglect your real hair beneath. Because I am such a hippie when it comes to hair and believe in free love for everyone – I cannot understand when product lines exist and only sell products for “natural hair.” It always baffles me.
I’m not upset because these lines exclude relaxed and texutrized hair types, moreso confused as to what makes a product for “naturals only.” For example, my staple line for moisturizers is Bee Mine Products and I love the leave-in conditioner by Jane Carter Solutions. By most standards, both of these haircare lines are “for” naturals. But they work beautifully on my relaxed hair! The products are designed to moisturize right? So why wouldn’t it provide moisture for my hair? Are the broken chemical bonds in my strands somehow immune to their ingredients? Is it because these products do not contain synthetic ingredients that one would think it is only for naturals? If you think so, allow me to tell you about relaxed ladies – just because we chose chemicals in one aspect doesn’t mean we run to products with chemicals for every aspect of our haircare. Likewise, not all natural heads use all organic hair products either. Lack of options in retail locations as opposed to online and price are a couple of the reasons. There are a plethora of reasons naturals opt not to go all natural in their products. Furthermore, if the basis of the argument is that natural ingredients work best on natural hair, what about unrelaxed hair that is not virgin because it has been colored? Makes you think doesn’t it?
I try to support Black owned hair companies as much as possible, but shy away from lines that market for only naturals. In my mind it is supporting another division among Black women. Nothing wrong with developing products for curl definition, enhancement and de-frizzing, but to exclude relaxed and texturized hair altogether is a bit extreme. Especially when talking about items that we all use for the same purposes like shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizers. Even curly butters and puddings have a place in my home as I use them to create soft yet defined braidouts. I’m not trying to turn this into a relaxed vs. natural hair debate – honestly I detest those, but am curious if I’m the only one that feels this way. Of course, to be fair, there are products that are geared towards relaxed hair and will absolutely not work well with natural hair. What do you think? Do you think products should be made with both hair types in mind? Natural and Relaxed?
So, what do you have to say about “natural hair only” products? Please leave a comment below so we can discuss!