is a combination of the word nappy
It can be used to describe a lifestyle of a person of African descent and/or their hair in it's unaltered state by not putting chemicals (relaxers
) or heat applications (hot combs
, flat irons
, curling irons) in or on their hair to change the texture
and/or color of their hair.
People of African descent describe their hair as kinky
There is much debate about whether the word naptural means 100% unaltered hair or not.
Many napturals color their hair with commercial dyes and still consider themselves naptural, which is accepted within the naptural community.
Many napturals also use henna
, which is a flowering plant used as a natural, permanent dye to color hair.
I decided to start my naptural hair journey and am no longer relaxing my hair.