I've been natural since 2012. I remember making that choice and weighing it like my college decision, weighing it like that purchase that might lead to an overdraft charge. It's the age of the #hash-tagging Black and any word, the age of being proud of having more melanin. Fist and fros have made a comeback. Your hair in some cases is a political statement, your hair becomes grounds for being the topic of conversation, your hair gives you access to different spaces. The natural hair movement came out of an absence of positive images that reaffirm Black beauty. I struggle daily navigating the natural movement. With a head full of curls that i often don't have the energy to co-wash, condition, twist or wrap up I've opted for protective styles. I'm known for switching it up. You might see me with braids Monday and by Friday I have a blonde pixie cut. But throughout all of my different hairstyle's I can't say that I've practiced self-care. Being natural hasn't come naturally to me.
The revolution of Black women embracing their natural hair textures has shifted the power, and agency we have to embrace ourselves. You see shaved heads and twist-outs on the runway modeling for Victoria Secret, the epitome of America's sex symbols. You see newscasters rocking locs and two strand twists on prime time news. We have changed what hairstyles are acceptable and where we can wear these looks by becoming the biggest influencers in the country. I thought Pink and Gwen Stefani were the only White girls down enough to wear cornrows. There has been a huge shift in society as braids, wigs, weaves, locs became not just Black girl hairstyles.
As I embark on my 6th year Natural I want to stress that your hair is your choice. I urge naturalistas to not judge, challenge or speak negatively of women who choose to wear weaves, perm their hair or alter their natural hair texture chemically. We've fought for the FREEDOM of creative expression with our hair. We fought for the liberation from dated social constraints on our hair styling and politics of respectability. Lets not replicate those ideals on other women. The best protective style is embracing, uplifting, and uniting amongst our hair differences. I hope that at curlfest next year a woman with 4c natural spirals and a sista with mongolian deep wave are toasting to us knocking down the barriers that once divided the two.
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