True or False? Study Shows Women With Natural Hair Have Low Self Esteem

This  was an article I read, comment your opinions below…

According to research by cosmetic company Bountiful Hair, women with natural hair have lower self-esteem than women with treated hair.

According to BlackHair.com, natural hair is “hair whose texture hasn’t been altered by chemical straighteners, including relaxers and texturizers.”

The most common natural hairstyle is an afro, which many black women consider an undesirable look. The hair is many times matted and coarse, and is not considered appropriate for a business environment. Many employers consider the look untidy, and ban individuals from wearing this style.

According to the study by Bountiful Hair, natural hair being viewed as a messy look is causing many women, who wear their hair in that manner, to feel inadequate and less desirable as their counterparts. Those feelings of inadequacy causes women with natural hair to lash out at women with treated or straightened hair, and in turn lowers their self-esteem.

Of the 3,000 women who participated in the study, 2,500 said they did not feel as pretty as women with straightened hair. Pilar Ciara Jones, who says she participated in the study, stated, “some days I just don’t know what to do with these naps — and on those days I just avoid the mirror altogether.”

“I try to tell myself that wearing my hair natural is all about empowerment and expressing natural beauty, but there were times when I just did not feel pretty,” Jones continued. “When you continuously break combs because your hair is so nappy, and you use everything  in your refrigerator to try to tame that mane, and you still have hair so rough you could polish rocks, you begin to reevaluate your choices.”

“At one point I was using a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs on my hair every day to try to soften it. That’s when I knew it was time to make a change. I got a relaxer and a Brazilian weave down to my butt, and I have never felt prettier,” Jones stated.

Bountiful Hair says the feelings by Jones are common among women with natural hair.

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5 thoughts on “True or False? Study Shows Women With Natural Hair Have Low Self Esteem

  1. LMAO well there are a LOT of insecure women out there and all these marketers are bending over backwards to tailor their products for all these new naturals. I’m not even going to consider this article a fail because it was pulled out of someones insecurity an it aint mine the chick with the afro…and as i walked into GOLDMAN SACHS and watched the heads turned oooohing and ahhhing over it. so yeah I feel ugly today

    • Lol interesting comment, the study I think only targeted women who were insecure about their natural hair and not the women who enjoy rocking their Afros with proud. You shouldn’t ever have to feel ugly whether your bald, nappy or have straight hair. I personally think beauty comes in all forms.

  2. I would like to know where they found these women to interview. I also feel like it depends on how you take care of your hair and how you have learned that makes your opinion. As well as, being in an environment that encourages and supports your natural hair. Where I live black people aren’t common, so when I walk out of the house with my hair out and about people are drawn to it and comment on it in positive ways. But I must say this is an interesting article. But I would be one of the 500 that said I feel confident.

    • Thanks for your comment. I, just like you,I’m proud to have various versatile ways to wear my hair. The article seemed to only target women who were insecure with their hairs and didn’t shed light on those who loved their natural hair.

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