I was recently asked a question from a beautiful young African American woman who was concerned about going natural and I have to say that this is not an isolated incident. As African American and Biracial women we all too often are told that we can’t wear our hair in its natural state because for whatever vague unspoken reason it is “bad”. I’ll admit that African American woman face this evil bias even more than Biracial women. When I went natural I was told that I the only reason I could wear my hair without relaxers was because I am half-white. This lie that has been told to women of color for ages has got to be exposed for what it is: A LIE! All women have the God given right to wear their hair in its natural beauty without judgment, criticism, or care because all hair is beautiful. It is time for us women of African descent to stand up and claim our natural God given beauty from the color of our skin and the curve of our hips to the kinky nappy coiled strands of our unique hair and I hope to convince you to join the countless women who have realized their majestic beauty just by putting away the relaxers.
Reason 1: Curiosity. If you are like the thousands, perhaps millions, of women who have been relaxing ever since you can or can’t remember, don’t you want to know what your real hair texture is like? If you really think about it, you know that those stick straight strands aren’t really what’s coming out of your head and you might be pleasantly surprised about what you may find once the straightening chemicals are put away for good. When I first went natural my hair texture was completely unexpected and it has been a pleasant six years that I have been able to enjoy my unique texture without wondering what my hair really looks like.
Reason 2: Versatility. A woman with natural hair is a goddess in every sense of the word. One day she can rock a towering afro and the next sleek straight strands. The options you have as a natural woman are endless. Two stranded twists, braids, corn rolls, and afros are just a few of the many styles you can wear as a natural. When you learn how to take care of your unique hair, the rewards you’ll receive will be endless. Plus you`ll have a style that is all your own and no woman can resist that urge to stand out in a crowd.
Reason 3: Pride. God made you different so be proud of who you are! If nappy kinky hair is what you have than wear it with pride. There is no such thing as bad hair only bad people who mistreat and abuse their hair. Good hair is hair that is healthy and well taken care of no matter the length, texture, style, or shine. Your hair is beautiful whether it’s a mile high afro or long silky spirals. God made us all different for a reason so why not celebrate those differences instead of denying them. God is the only who can give us the unique and beautiful creation only we possess so why not enjoy it and show the rest of the world what fun we`re having with our hair. It`s time for all women of color to love and embrace their hair no matter the type or texture. Be proud of who you are and what God gave you. Love your hair for what it is and everything else will fall into place.
Hopefully reading this article has given you something to think about. I understand all too well the troubles and frustrations associated with highly textured hair but I also understand the joy and the freedom of loving what grows out of my head. All women deserve that freedom and hopefully one day you will too. Enjoy your natural hair divas!