I’ve been asked this question before and I have given it some thought since then. According to Google, a fad is:
“An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived”
Basically, a craze that eventually dies down.
Based on that definition, I don’t think going natural is a fad. I think many women, including me, decided that being natural would be a permanent thing. In my experience being natural encouraged me to take a real interest in hair-care. When I was relaxed, all I ever really did was go to the salon once in a while to get my perm. I didn’t know that I should have been conditioning regularly and getting protein treatments (which probably explains why my relaxed hair was such a mess).
Many people who tried going natural end up going back to relaxers for several reasons. Reasons that I think ultimately depend a lot on the person. One thing I know is you have to understand that your kinky hair is not going to behave like your relaxed hair. Of course, this is easier said than done and sometimes, people realize that they might prefer having straight hair after all.
You might also find that it takes a while to figure out what really works for your hair and what doesn’t. For me, it took me about 4 years to figure out the perfect conditioning mix for myself. I shared it here and it’s been working perfectly for me (I now use it twice a week since it’s winter here). The truth is blogs and Youtube channels can only take you about 80-90% of the way; you’ll also have to take steps to try them out and see what works. Many things concerning natural hair usually only come with practice.
Finally, I really don’t think there’s anything to regret in going natural. If you try it and you discover you don’t like it, you can always go back and get a perm. On the bright side though, you gain a lot of lessons on proper hair care that easily translate into healthier relaxed hair.0 Did you love this post?