“Women of other ethnicities, their hair falls by nature. It drops, and drapes, and hangs loosely. But a Black woman’s hair rises by nature. It blossoms against the current of life. At its best, it swirls and spins like the earth, or the sun – a supernova of sublimity and strength. And like any other heavenly body, a Black woman’s natural hair demands nothing less than orbit: total praise from every physical thing within her influence, all revolving around her omnipotence – instinctively, humbly, and altogether. Whether dynamically drifting, or stationary and rooted, every living thing that finds itself before a Black woman’s natural hair is designed to stare and wonder.”
Women who rock natural hair are claiming their natural beauty and showing the world that curly, kinky, loc’d and braided hair is beautiful too. These are Rebel women that are breaking the mold about what society believes to be ‘good hair”; straight, soft and long hair. These women are lawyers, doctors, actresses, teenagers, mothers, everyday women. For years black women have been told that their natural hair is not good, not worthy to be worn. Now black woman want healthier hair and are shedding the perms and weaves. No more chemicals causing burns, hair damage, or temporary to permanent hair loss. Natural hair is fun and versatile.
In 2007 it was reported that Ashley Baker, a fashion editor at Glamour Magazine told a group of female attorneys at a law firm that African / Black-oriented hairstyles were a fashion ‘don’t’ – “no offense, but those ‘political hairstyles’ really have to go.” Society is uncomfortable with ethnic hair, and it is uncomfortable about race. We have been socialized to believe that straight hair is the preferential “professional” look of choice for woman. An undertone that natural hair is unacceptable, unprofessional and even ugly continues to exist. Society associates natural hairstyles with black empowerment, and with women of color standing up for themselves and for their rights.
Going natural is an outward expression of a woman’s inward journey to her wholeness and wellbeing. For many women it means embracing fully who you are, including a head full of hair not traditionally regarded as beautiful. Natural hair for many is about confidence, a journey of self-discovery, and an overall healthier relationship with their hair as it naturally grows. We should encourage our daughters to embrace their own natural beauty. We need to be mindful of the images we parade—or allow to be paraded in front of them. We need to drop the mentality that you must have a certain kind of texture to go natural. Learn to embrace whatever hair grows from your scalp! Good hair is hair that is healthy and makes you feel beautiful. Women wear natural hair with a crown of honor.
“Don’t remove the kinks from your hair; remove them from your brain. — Marcus Garvey
A rebel company promoting positive images and outlets for natural hair women: “The Curly Girl Collective (CGC) strives to create innovative experiences that foster acceptance and celebration of curls, kinks and everything in between. Through targeted events, a unique web portal, and focused digital marketing initiatives, CGC connects women internationally and serves as a tangible resource of information within the natural hair movement. CGC aims to create a platform ripe for conversation, affecting more than just hair choices, but addressing the spectrum of subjects that start with hair, and end with self-actualization.”
Natural Hair Resources
-There are many sites, Blogs, Vlogs like Youtube to educate you. We all have different reasons for wanting to have natural hair. Get excited about what you want! Options for different styles and hair care routines… (http://shatterproofglassdolls.com/, http://www.afrobella.com/, http://www.curlynikki.com/)
- There is a whole world of natural hair care products locally and overseas. They are ‘natural’ with the ingredients they put IN the bottle! You can even make your own..(www.goodhairblog.com, http://motowngirl.com/)
-Be Bold! Be Confident! Be Proud!