Within these two groups, there are a plethora of reasons for choosing to stay natural or go straight.
- Some in the natural hair movement say "to be black is to be natural and we should not change and conform to the look of another race."
- Others, choosing to stay natural proclaim, "If I straighten my hair, it will fall out." These are just two examples of the variety of reasons for choosing to go natural.
- Some, in the straight hair movement say, “ I have to wear straight hair to maintain my professional appearance.”
- Others, in the straight hair movement say, “I wear my hair straight because I don't like my hair natural!" as they cover their mouths saying, "Oops, did I say that out loud?"
Many black women are forced to make the choice: natural or straight? There seems to be an easy answer: just do what you want and you will be happy. Unfortunately, this state of blissfulness is short lived.