Team Natural vs. Team Weave: Do We Really Have To Pick A Side?
You’ve embraced your natural curls and worn your own hair out for some time now, but now you’re ready for a change. Maybe that change is a sew-in weave to give yourself a break on maintenance while you’re on vacation or out of town for a work conference. But with this new change are you switching teams? Can you just switch up your mane like that? It seems that when it comes to black women and hair, there’s a great divide: natural vs. weave.
Since when did you become married to your hair? There’s no cardinal sin for changing your ‘do even if it is frequently. The most important thing about any type of hair is care. So whether you have in a luxurious 18 inch weave or a gorgeous twist out, the goal is hair health, not wearing your hair the way the public expects you too. Because anyway you decide to wear your hair – as long as you’re happy with it – is acceptable isn’t it?
Thanks to the media and other jaded opinions from places like glossy women’s magazines, if your hair is full of long straight weave you’re sometimes perceived as shallow, materialistic and superficial. And while the natural girl is known to be celebrated on YouTube and blogs, in mainstream instances she can sometimes be identified as homely, ethnic and plain. Both stereotypes are delusional, as is the thought that you can only be on one “team”.
The power is not in your hair, the power is in the attitude you have towards your hair.
It’s also interesting that society has a way of dividing women based on their hair. Blondes vs. brunettes. Natural vs. relaxed. Curly vs. straight. And the list goes on. Yet, men never are really subjected to that type of scrutiny.
Maybe it’s because we’ve let terms like “good hair” go to our heads – pun intended – and determine our ‘do. But let’s be clear, all hair is good hair when it’s taken care of. From products to stylists, your hair has the right to be whatever you want it to be.
Wearing a weave doesn’t make you less of a person because it’s not your real hair. It’s a preference just like everything else in life – clothes, makeup, etc. It’s your hair – even if you bought it. To judge someone solely based on the fact that they switched from a natural style to extensions is a bit skeptical and unfair.
While being natural is the new movement in Black hair, it doesn’t mean you’re plain, bare and unpolished. Straight or relaxed hair doesn’t equal better, just like being natural doesn’t equal bad. Maybe you’re ready to style the natural texture of your hair versus your usual routine with relaxers and weaves and that’s okay.
To feel guilty or worry about what your friends & family are going to say about your hair is silly. Just because people don’t understand your hair doesn’t mean you shouldn’t embrace it. Do not let your choice of hairstyle be dependent on social acceptance. If you’re the girl with relaxed hair who usually wears extensions and you want to switch it up by growing out your relaxer, by all means, do you.
In sports, people get traded and switch teams all the time. Not everyone likes it, but it is what it is. When it comes to Team Natural and Team Weave, switch it up as much as you’d like. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is making the player happy - and that’s you.