Contrary to what people may think, natural hair is not specific to younger aged women. Any woman, at any age, can wear her natural curls and rock them. My love for the older, but stunning, natural woman stems from my mother. When my sisters and I decided to go natural, my mother, who is over 50, took the plunge as well. I was so inspired by her boldness and her willingness to do something as frightening as reverting back to her natural curls, after decades of having permed hair, that when she suggested I write this post, I knew I had to.
I have been following my mother’s natural hair journey ever since she made the “big” decision, and I have seen how hard it is for a woman her age to maintain her tresses. It has been so hard in fact, that she has decided to go back to a relaxer. I was originally upset about her decision to revert back to the “creamy crack,” but after much thought, I realized that it was something she had to do for her. Going natural is hard for any woman no matter how old, but going natural for an older woman may be just a little harder. Because women over the age of 50 are experiencing different changes in their body due to menopause and other things, their hair may not grow as fast as a younger woman’s would, or it may be thinner than what it was several years ago. However, these complications do not stop older women from being natural and happy. Even though I have heard my mother is no longer natural, I am extremely proud of her for sticking it out for 2 years.
Since my mother has went back to a relaxer, I have realized that there are no special tricks that will work for the maintenance of an older woman’s curls that wouldn’t work for a younger woman’s. It all comes down to taking the time and having the patience to find what works best for your hair. Once you do, being natural at any age becomes a lot easier.
So ladies, be on the lookout for those spicy salt and pepper fros, and remember, natural is made for everybody, no matter the age!