I've been told that I have "good" hair because it's curly when it's wet but I hardly wear it this way because it's so difficult for me to maintain it and it looks different when it's dry so I just flat iron it. This may not be the best thing for my hair but I like the way it looks and it's easier for me to manage it. But do I like it this way just because most people wear their hair straight or is it a true reflection on my preferences? I'm not sure.
Some use perms to make their hair straight, while others use perms to make it curly. However, a perm seems to be the worst thing you can do to your hair. Did you see Chris Rock's Good Hair, when they showed how an aluminum can disintegrates and dissolves in a perm solution? Just imagine what it does to your hair.
Why do we feel the need to change our hair? We seem to care so much about it but treat it terribly. I think I just started coloring my hair about a year ago because I have grey hairs and wanted to do something different with my hair. However, coloring my hair can cause cancer so I'm now on the fence about keeping it up.
People still seem to think I'm about 16 so my grey hair really isn't a factor. It's also not really noticeable unless someone is focusing on my hair. I think it was just something I wanted to try since I've never done it but I'm focused on not doing it just to hide my grey hair. I've learned to call my grey hairs wisdom strands. I've decided that getting grey hair early is a sign of wisdom.
Many people also want longer hair (myself included). Some spend a lot of money for high quality weave, while others take some form of biotin pills. I've seen many people get great results from it but as Natural Hair Rules discusses in her blog, dermatologists aren't sure how biotin works for hair and nail growth. 80-90% of hair loss patients are taking biotin but are seeing no results. Ironically, some have even seen hair loss as an effect of taking too much biotin.
The truth is, our hair is beautiful in its natural state and we just may not see that because we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. Think about why you want to change something to your hair before doing so. If it's for any other reason than benefiting yourself, I suggest not doing it. Is the opinion of others more valuable than your health?
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