Does “Being Natural” Even Matter?

I graduated the University of Rhode Island in 2007 with a Bachelors in Political Science and Philosophy so I’ve always had a thing for deep thinking, debate, and getting to the bottom of things.

We all love being natural and many of you, myself included, fully engage ourselves in this natural hair community. A community that only exists amongst those who are natural and engage in their naturalness. I meet women on a daily basis, who didn’t know that such a community existed and they themselves are natural. It’s like we are in our own world.

I posed the following question on the KinkyCurlyCoilyMe FaceBook fanpage and received a great response!


Outside of the Natural Hair Community Does “Being Natural” Even Matter?



Top FB Replies:

Dana Showers – 48 Likes
I think it does matter outside our community…have you noticed commercials lately…I have noticed more and more men and women in a natural state which is HUGE!! I am a marketing major so I notice things like this!

Karen Winter – 9 Likes
I don’t think others have a true grasp of the significance of what “being natural” means to those of us that choose it. Shoot, with all the fighting/arguing/judging I’ve witnessed among ourselves about those of us who choose to be natural and those who don’t, how can we expect anyone else to get it? We need to learn how to accept one another’s choices about THEIR hair before we can ask anyone else to do so.

Roxane Carmichael Farnsworth – 9 Likes
I agree with the statement regarding natural hair in the media. We are also important based on all these new products being developed for natural hair. And as we wear our natural hair on a day to day basis we show the world what all these coils, kinks and curls can do! You never know who you inspire just by being the real you.

Christal Williams – 6 Likes
I feel as though if we start worrying about whether or not our going or being natural is going to matter to anyone inside or outside of the natural hair community, than we aren’t going natural for ourselves, we’re natural (or not) for them. I went natural because embracing my natural hair mattered to me. It will never matter to me what anyone else thinks. Goes for hair, or any other decision I make about my life.

Click HERE to read all the responses.

Does it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Elle

    I think it matters very much to the people who see our natural hair. They are able to ponder, why on Earth would someone “want” their hair to look like “that”. I think it speaks volumes to people to see AA Women in their natural state, whether they like it or not!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Thanks for sharing love!

  • Yeva

    Honestly, a month ago i would have said yes to this question of yours.
    Bt i recently moved to a more conservative state in nigeria, where alot.. I mean alot of the women are natural either due to religion, or just personal preference.
    Natural hair is everywhere and its a normal thing. Long or short.
    Theres still d frequent apperance of bad weaves nd wigs… Bt to them hair is just hair and it doeznt matter if u have d most expensive human hair on, or the curliest natural hair.
    Nobody really cares.
    My own two cents.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts love!

  • Sheena

    I think that what is important is a creation within out own minds. There is no way to know what happens in someone’s mknd when they see us. Our hair may be the last thing due to either an impeccable fashion style, or great use of accessories, or even our physique (or lack thereof). I like to think I am a package and that my whole “look” is important and this can’t depend solely on my hair. I mean sometimes I’m lazy! lol and my hair is a mess! But I still look great :)

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Thanks for sharing love! :-D

  • allimarie

    I always say that natural hair is what you make it; so, it matters if you want it to matter.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Thanks for sharing love! :-)

  • Monica

    It matter to me because of the personal freedom it has given me. I work out extra hard every day without hesitation of the dreaded (OMG my hair is going get ruin) . I swim with my kids so carefree. I make love to my husband without reservation. It matter to me only me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=622036544 Afroo Disiac

    yes, it definitely matters. It’s a part of all of us. embrace what the creator gave you and keep it moving. whoever doesn’t like it can kick rocks. at the end of the day, is it the most important thing in life? no. but it does matter.

  • Tiffaney

    It matters in certain careers! It matters depending on where you live! The real question I ask myself is do I care, if my answer is yes I put on a wig. 99% of the time I answer no and rock my natural hair so I don’t get that job or promotion but I get to be me! #priceless