Is It Really Natural With a Texturizer or Silkener?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012

If I had a dollar for every time I stumbled upon a natural hair debate, I’d be the richest person alive. When it comes to talking kinks and curls the topic that always gets blood boiling and fingers pointing is altering the curl pattern of natural hair.

Just this weekend, I witnessed an all-out battle of the curls on the Miss Jessie’s Facebook Fan Page, when the discussion of chemically altering curls using a silkener was posted on their wall. Here’s the question that got tongues and eyes rolling as shared by Miko and Titi, themselves:

“If I spent all this time to grow out my relaxer to be natural why would I go back to a chemical?”

For those of you who don’t know, a texturizer or silkener is a chemical process that loosens curls, but doesn’t straighten them. The reaction from most of those who commented was once your hair has been chemically altered, your hair is no longer natural.

One commenter said: “Texturizer/silkener = NOT NATURAL.”

Another chimed in with: “This is a time when more women r goin natural and a lot of companies c that and feed off of it….saying how our hair is so difficult to manage so thrw jus a teenie weenie bit of lye in it to ease the pain instead of saying work with ur hair.”

On the other end of the curl spectrum, one person responded: “Personally I’m sick of the attitude that ‘natural’ is better than permed, silkened, relaxed, texturized etc hair. I AM “natural” despite a texturizer to make it more ‘manageable’ for ME. Its aallll natural when it’s growing out of your scalp. One method of achieving longer healthier hair is not more superior than the other. #drops Mic and walks off stage.”

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