The Struggle of Natural Hair

By: LaToya Pickett

Most people have a desire to maintain their hair, but for black women with natural hair, that maybe a bit more complex.

Going natural means no extreme chemicals in one’s hair. TSU alumnus, Olivia Buford describes her hair experience.

“My transition becoming natural has been a two year process. I finally am completely natural.“

According to consumer research company, Mintel, in the past 12 months, nearly 70 percent of black women say they are currently natural.

For Buford, the process has not been easy.

“Learning how to work with my hair has been a process. Learning that ‘oh my hair may not react well to this or this product.’ And you go through a lot of products, I spent a good amount of money on just products that potentially help my hair, but end up drying it out. Not giving it the moisture or the body I wanted.”

Senior Ariana Heslup, a mass communication major from Chicago, says her natural hair process was not difficult.

“My going natural process has not been that bad, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. All I did was cut my ends, wash my hair and let it air dry. Put a little oil in there.”

Throughout the struggles, Buford will continue her hair journey.

“Our body observes anything we put in it, so putting relaxers or even color, in some instances, can cause damage to your brain cells. And I just didn’t want that for myself.”

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About tsunews1

Student Journalists at Tennessee State University in the Department of Communications from Nashville, TN.
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