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!
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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