~Do you think that "cutting" is any more natural than "straightening" or "coloring"? ~
Cutting off a perm is definately 'more natural'... Even wearing short hair is natural for African women. There is no damage to the skin, ect. Straightening hair is actually UNHEALTHY. Is it healthy and natural to use a chemical so harsh on our heads that it gives us chemical burns, just to have straight hair? Is it healthy to use a burning hot metal comb scorches our hair and skin? There are natural hair dyes like Henna to make hair shiny and colour grey... But to lighten one's natural hair colour entails the use of harsh chemicals also. Cutting the permed hair off to go natural is far more 'healthy' than the alternatives... Physically more halthy and psychologically more healthy. If our hair was natural from jump, there would be no cutting necessary right?
~You're missing the point. The women aren't going through all of that JUST to have straight hair. They're going through all of that in order to be ATTRACTIVE to a mate. If black men despised smooth, straight hair on a black woman, TRUST, those products would cease to be produced. You'll never convince an entire population of black women to say "What the hell! Just cut it all off! I don't even care anymore! If they want Amy and Maria, and Suki, let them have them! I'm ALL about appreciating my ancestors!"
Not even half of us will do it. Nor a third. Because it doesn't take *alladat* to prove social awareness. I don't think that you answered this before: Do you think that ethnic pride has anything to do with the devastation and trauma that women go through when they lose their hair through illness/chemotherapy? Don't you think that women are just "attached" to their hair as women --- and not attached to it as a "race"? To what do you attribute other women's hesitation and fear of losing their hair, and can the same attributes apply to a black woman's hesitation and fear of losing her hair, or does this just HAVE TO ABSOLUTELY be about her self-hatred, in your opinion?~