To truly understand black hair care — natural or otherwise — it’s important to get up to speed with some of the terminology. After all, the world of black hair care has a language all on its own.

First, we have to talk perms. Used interchangeably, relaxers and perms can mean the same thing, but you won’t want to confuse this kind of perm with the one that curls straight hair. Instead, a relaxer — or perm — is a chemical solution that’s applied to extremely curly, coiled hair to make it lay straight. Though these products are less harsh than they used to be, they can still do damage to both your scalp and your hair.

Another term you’ll hear often (especially throughout this article) is “natural.” To be or to go natural is somewhat of a less concrete idea. In general, being natural means you don’t use any chemicals to alter the texture or natural curl pattern of your hair. That means no relaxers, no perms to curl naturally straight hair, and no texturizers to loosen tight curls. Because hair dye also contains chemicals, some women choose not to dye their hair.

Join us on air tomorrow between 8am – 9am with Heart Breakfast as we extend the conversations about authenticity and embracing your natural hair. We have a live studio audience and ITS NOT TO BE MISSED!

Here’s the interview with Aden Thomas and Amanda Cook:

WOMEN’S MONTH SERIES: Authenticity and Hair – Amanda Cooke shares…to be continued…

WOMEN’S MONTH SERIES: The theme of this morning’s conversation is authenticity, being who you naturally are meant to be and not becoming what others expect you to be.We thought we’d start with a topic that effects so many women, especially women of colour – 'meisie, wyk hoe lyk you hare…' HAIR! Natural hair movement advocate, mom and entrepreneur, Amanda Cooke A.K.A Cape Town Curly. Cape Town NaturallyHeart FMAmanda Cooke#womensmonth

Posted by Aden Thomas on Monday, 5 August 2019