By Kanisha Parks

Lurking in the comment sections / dropping shade left and right
Mad at the world / always ready to fight.
They think they run the hair scene / their way or none
Natural Hair Nazis / mad since day one.


Seriously, cheesy poetry aside: Natural Hair Nazism is real and thriving. It’s unfortunate, really, because ultimately, it really is just hair. But Natural Hair Nazis take this hair thing to a wholeee other level. While being natural for seven years, I heard the term “Natural Hair Nazi” thrown around pretty consistently but since returning relaxed, the term instantly became personal. I never knew how much women cared about other women’s hair!

What’s more is, Natural Hair Nazis don’t just discriminate against relaxed ladies—they get mad at the hair choices of other naturals too! They feel as though “being natural” should be conducted a certain way, and anything contrary to their opinion of what it means to be natural is frowned upon.
So the question is (and be real)—are you a Natural Hair Nazi? Let’s find out!

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You don’t like it when naturals define their curls.
You feel like naturals should just let their hair “be,” and that if women prefer their hair defined it means they’re not happy with the way their hair naturally acts. You ride or die for the wash and go, and you mean that literally—not wash, define, and go. You get bothered when you see a natural who invests a lot of time in making sure her hair looks “perfect,” and think she’s doing too much.


You don’t like when naturals straighten their hair.
You think they’re “trying to be European.” (Insert exhausted eye roll). That they think beauty means sleek, straight hair. That they’re trying to “tame” their curls, coils, and kinks instead of embracing them. That they prefer the straight look because society’s beauty standards are still influencing their hair decisions.


You don’t like temporary straightening kits or hair dyes.
Of course if a Natural Hair Nazi is against straightening hair, temporary kits (like the Beautiful Textures Naturally Straight Texture Manageability System) are definitely a big no-no. You can’t stand words like, “tame,” or “manage,” so when you see other naturals gravitating towards those options, your claws come out. You think that anything that somehow alters the hair texture, even temporarily, is off limits. Even hair dyes are a no for you—henna is okay but anything remotely chemical and/or permanent means the person isn’t natural anymore.

You don’t like fake hair of any kind.
Weaves, wigs, extensions. You’re not for women who choose to protective style with weave. Especially straight ones. The only weaves you semi-tolerate are ones that are closest to the person’s natural hair texture. Even then, she better not have it in too long or else that means she’s trying to avoid dealing with her own hair which again, means she’s not comfortable with her natural hair.

You have no tolerance for women who relax their hair.
Last but most definitely not least, you feel like relaxers are ultimate sin. You don’t even want to interact with women who have relaxers and think they’re not “woke,” or aren’t tapped into their African heritage. You think they secretly want to be white and are going to damage their hair beyond belief. You’re ready to stage an intervention.

Sure, I may have exaggerated some of these, but real talk: please stop trying to dictate what another woman should or shouldn’t do with her hair and simply worry about what grows on your own head. That’s all.

Love, your friendly neighborhood former natural.

Serious question, are you a Natural Hair Nazi?
Kanisha is a Christian writer/author based in Augusta, GA. Other than CurlyNikki.com, she has also written for BlackNaps.organd Devozine, and has authored a book of poetry entitled, "Love Letters from the Master." Kanisha can be contacted for business inquiries at [email protected]
Liv of LiveNaturallyLove
Hi Loves,
This natural hair 4b/4c protective style is perfect for holiday season, winter, graduation, prom, anything! Click to see how I achieved this sleek ponytail look. I hope you enjoy!!!✨
Love,
Liv

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Urban Hydration Coconut Oil Hair Care Bundle
Hola Ladies!

Thanks for your participation in the Urban Hydration Coconut Oil Hair Care Bundle Giveaway! We loved reading what you want to see on CurlyNikki because, ultimately, we are here for YOU. So without further ado, this week's winner is.........

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en who said: 
1. How to grow out different types of hair cuts (ex. undercuts)
2. Hair care after coloring
3. detangling products

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By Mary Wolff

It isn’t a secret to any naturalists that nature has given us lots of soothing ways to care for our curls. With a DIY herbal hair rinse, you can combat a range of hair issues from dryness of the scalp and lack of blood circulation to adding extra hydration to strands. Here a few DIY herbal hair rinse recipes to give a try when your hair needs a little boost.

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Lavender Mint Rinse

This is a good rinse for when things seem a little off or you have a lot of buildup. The vinegar will act as a strong yet gentle cleanser while the lavender will work on circulation and clearing the scalp of any impurities. The mint gives it a nice smell and a pleasant tingly sensation.

Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh or 1 tablespoon dried mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender leaves
  • 1 cup boiling water

  • Combine the vinegar and herbs in a bowl and pour the boiling water over the mixture. Let it sit until cool before straining the herbs out. Transfer mixture to a clean container. Apply to hair after shampooing and rinse out.


    Rosemary Thyme Rinse

    This DIY herbal hair rinse has antibacterial properties that will help with any scalp issues you may be experiencing. Rosemary and thyme are both known to help improve circulation which can also help with hair growth to stimulate the follicle.

    Ingredients


  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tablespoon dried
  • 2 cups boiling water

  • Combine the herbs in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Allow them to steep until the mixture is cool. Strain into a clean constrainer. Apply to hair after shampooing for best results.

    Chamomile Rinse

    This rinse will give hair a healthy dose of sheen while soothing the scalp of any irritations. Chamomile is an herb that has been used for dealing with scalp issues such as dandruff and general dryness for generations. It is also super relaxing in terms of aromatherapy!

    Ingredients


  • 2 tablespoons dried chamomile
  • 2 cups boiling water

  • Pour boiling water over the herbs in a glass bowl. Allow to steep until cool and then strain. Transfer to a clean container. Apply to hair and scalp after shampooing. Since this one focuses more on the scalp, make sure you massage it into the scalp in circular motions for the best results. Rinse out when done.

    Sources
    http://www.motherearthliving.com/natural-beauty/body-and-soul-herbal-hair-rinses-rosemary-thyme-rinse
    http://www.motherearthliving.com/natural-beauty/body-and-soul-herbal-hair-rinses-refreshing-lavender-mint-rinse
    http://blackgirllonghair.com/2013/11/7-herbal-rinses-for-natural-hair-and-scalp/
     Beauty vlogger Jai Marii.
    By Samantha Callender for Essence.com

    While many Black women across the globe are embracing their natural kinky and coily texture, there is one thing that they still want to be sleek and straight: their edges. Of course there are no shortage of edge control options (this one by Creme of Nature is a favorite), but many are finding that they need a little extra assistance.

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    Recently, many hair YouTubers have taken to social media to showcase how they achieve laid edges beyond edge control with relaxing or texlaxing.

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