Black Women, Natural Hair: Trend or Movement

There has been much noise in the media lately concerning Black hair, from Gabrielle Douglas’ Olympic style to Oprah Winfrey gracing the September issue of O wearing a natural style, not to mention Kevin Roose’s article Dumb Money: Exposing Silicon Valley’s Stupidest Investments; he believes NatuallyCurly a social network for people with wavy, curly, or kinky hair meets the criteria.
All the talk concerning Black hair made me think about my own crowning glory and where I fit in the mix.  Its hair – Black hair and it’s definitely a hot button!

The new Black Barbie rocking her natural hair since 2006.When I began wearing my hair “natural” (it will be 7 years in November) I had no idea that it would one day be considered a trend or trending and because I choose to wear my hair natural I would be identified as militant or part of a movement simply by hair association.

For me it wasn’t that complicated, or even something that I planned.

I wasn’t contemplating should I or shouldn’t I.
I wasn’t concerned about transitioning, the big chop or the many benefits of wearing my hair natural.

I didn’t attend any forums or meet ups or watch any in depth discussions on MSNBC.
I didn’t have an epiphany finally realizing that Black hair is beautiful.
Who knows?  Maybe I secretly wish I would have done all those things.

Unfortunately the reason I chose and continue to wear my hair natural is simply superficial.  I loved the way it looked and I still do.  I was overdue for a relaxer but I did not feel like going to the salon.  I washed my hair. It curled. It has been curly ever since.

The first day I wore the style to work I was afraid that my employer would say something negative.  However, that never happened.  In fact the only negative feedback I ever received was from the only other African-American woman who worked in the office with me.  Which is very sad.  It did not look “professional”.  It did not look good.  I was convinced that she had been brainwashed to believe that hair that looks like it should belong on someone else’s head would look good on me – on us.

Today more and more African-American women wear a natural hairstyle.
Maybe it is a trend
a trend and a movement
a trending movement; or maybe it’s just hair…
our natural hair.

I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)


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11 comments for “Black Women, Natural Hair: Trend or Movement

  1. August 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    wow, great post..

    • August 10, 2012 at 2:02 am

      Sri Ram,
      Thank you for reading and your comments. I really appreciate it!

  2. August 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    With all that goes on in the world, sometimes we need a little dose of perspective. Thanks for reminding me, sometimes hair is just hair.

    • August 12, 2012 at 3:38 am

      Karen – Thanks for reading and commenting. There are so many more important things that should be given national attention. I don’t think hair, no matter whose head it’s on, should be one of them.

    • Devan Sheard
      August 22, 2012 at 5:44 am

      I too changed my hair simply for vanity; just because I have dread locks doesn’t mean that I study botany in school with hopes of growing weed in my basement and I definitely don’t blast reggae music from my speakers too often!

      My hair is just that: hair.

    • August 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Devan,
      Thank you for reading and your comments! I think society is determine to put people in a box,it makes them feel safe. This=That and That=This.(This+That)/Those*If=???
      If,Then,What? < It really isn’t that complicated. I believe most of us do things for vanity’s purpose and that’s ok.

  3. September 25, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I like your take on it. To me, it’s a trending movement of sorts. Many women are making that decision, but it’s totally not because it’s the “in” thing. Most women will not go back to relaxers because they love their hair so much, and some have developed regimens that they will want to keep up with. Not to mention, going natural really makes you think about your whole body and the health of it, not to discredit having a relaxer or anything. Society is having a diminishing influence on us, in my opinion. I went natural back in 2008 when momentum was starting to pick up, so it’s pretty neat to see women who make that decision to go on this journey. It also diversifies the Black community, which I find really really nice 🙂

    • September 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Shonny, I agree. I don’t think black women are choosing to wear their natural because it’s the “In Thing” – “Even Oprah’s doing it you know…blah, blah, blah”. I believe for those of us who tried a natural hair style, for whatever reason, realized that our hair can be manageable without harsh chemicals and “good hair” doesn’t mean straight hair, it means healthy hair. It does help that we are starting to see many different images of beautiful black women in the media (not a lot, but more), as a whole we are more confident in our skin.

  4. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 3:05 am

    I love to read upbuiding things like this about our hair!I agree with you. I am in my mid-teens and I’ve been natural for umm, about three years now.I’ve never looked back!It is my hair and despite what people say it is special part of me. Hair is hair. People should not let themselves be “brainwashed” by the media into thinking that afo-texured hair is “bad hair”. God gave it to us , so we have every reason to be proud of it! Thanx for this post!

    • November 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      I appreciate your comments and I am so glad you are a proud young lady who does not feel she needs to conform to mainstream beauty standards. Hair is only hair and as long as it is healthy it is “good”.

  5. July 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I loved the way it looked and I still do. I was overdue for a relaxer but I did not feel like going to the salon. I washed my hair. It curled. It has been curly ever since.Great,thank you so much for this tips

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