The Great Hair Debate: Team Natural or Team Relaxed

The Great Hair Debate: Team Natural or Team Relaxed

Society keeps asking Team Natural or Team Relaxed, but why the great divide?

By: Alexis Cartier

Ladies, put down the gloves. Whether you represent Team Natural or Team Relaxed, your hair has the right to be whatever you want it to be! This season, discover how to embrace your #BlackGirlMagic with a few tips for styling and caring for your locks both ways.

Team Natural
Members of Team Natural are starting to embrace their unique kinks and coils. Being natural provides a great sense of self-identity and uniqueness – knowing that the versatility and texture of your hair is unlike anyone else’s can be awfully empowering. 

As a natural gal, be sure you have the right shampoo and conditioner helping you out on washday. Using Pantene Gold Series Deep Hydrating Co-Wash paired with the Curl Defining Pudding is a surefire way to get your locks shining and springing like never before!

And arguably the best part about being natural – you can switch your hairstyle up whenever you please! If you’re feeling funky but can’t handle the frizz, why not try one of our easy wash and go hairstyles? You can go from Mohawk Monday to Twist Out Tuesday and Flat Twist Friday, all in one week.

Team Relaxed
If straight and smooth is more your speed, a part of Team Relaxed’s #BlackGirlMagic can be found in the hair care aisle – or salon – in a little cardboard box with activator and protective gel. Not to say that this isn’t true for our natural friends, but having relaxed hair can help us appreciate the consistency and convenience of getting our hair done.

Moisture is the key to keeping chemically treated hair healthy (and poppin’) – so make sure you have the right products by your side! Pairing the Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo and Conditioner means instant softness and radiant shine. And if you want to leave your hair feeling even silkier with those edges on fleek, apply some Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil before straightening.

Deep Hydrating Co Wash
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How to keep both styles beautiful

  1. Wrap your hair up at night with a satin or silk scarf – or sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase – to prevent frizz, breakage and dryness
  2. Drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated from the inside out 

Team Transition
Lastly, there’s Team Transition – from relaxed to natural. The fastest way to achieve natural hair from relaxed is to embrace the “big chop” – cutting off all your permed hair at once.

We know what you’re thinking – many of our sistas are afraid that they’ll be limited in styling options after the big chop, but we beg to differ! From the teeny weeny Afro to braid extensions and twist outs, you’ll be embracing your au naturale in no time.

No matter what team you side with, it’s important to remember that our hair doesn’t make, break or define who we are – it’s just a small part of what makes us extraordinary. So instead of debating, join the team that makes you feel the most confident in your own skin.

In the comments below, give us your best tips for maintaining healthy hair – no matter what team you’re on!

Next up:
To celebrate Black History Month, we’ll be taking it way back – showcasing some of our favorite iconic hairstyles of the past, including how you can recreate them at home. We’ll also be sharing an exclusive new collection launch, just for black women, so you won’t want to miss it!

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@MiaWood -- Woohoo! Thanks for sharing :)

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Team Transitioning for right now. Getting ready for a major haircut!

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Team Natural all day

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