My Opening Statement

Welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by!

Maybe you came here out of curiosity because you’re wondering what the big deal is about “natural hair”. Or perhaps you’re a Black professional woman who wants to wear her hair natural, and you’re afraid to take the leap. Or the parent of a child with textured tresses, and you’re completely confused as to what to do with it.  Or even a longtime naturalista who’s just ready to throw in the towel.  Whoever you are, I hope that through this blog you will find the resources you need and will leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of natural hair.

Natural hair is my passion! If I’m not sporting my Afro, you’ll see me in twists or twist-outs, braids or bantu knots, cornrows or crochet braids, with extensions or without—I love that the unique texture of my hair allows me to easily change it up and create so many beautiful styles.

As a lifelong naturalista (a woman who wears her hair the way it grows out of her scalp), over the years, I’ve had to advocate for my hairstyle choices.  Since Black hair is a mystery for most, I’ve had to explain to others why my hair is different, why I choose not to straighten it, why it does this, and why it does that… And even though I love my kinky, coily hair, not everyone else appreciates it. For various reasons, people have negative misconceptions about natural hair and “ethnic” hairstyles—they think that textured hair is ugly, unbecoming, or scary, even(!)—so I try to take every opportunity I get to show others that there is beauty in Black hair.

You might be thinking, “hair is ‘just hair’, why do people care so much?” But, for women, hair is closely intertwined with societal ideals of beauty and femininity (Eurocentric ideals, for the most part).  Furthermore, historically, Black hair, in particular, has been politicized (we’ll explore this more in later posts); as a result, Black hairstyles are often misinterpreted as conveying “loaded” (more-often-than-not unintended) messages on behalf of the person wearing them, evoking certain visceral responses. I believe that people would develop new and enlightened perspectives on Black hairstyles if they had a better understanding of the history, politics, and properties of Black hair.

Though the Natural Hair Movement has certainly improved the perception that many people have about Black hair, when Black girls are still being told that their hair is not appropriate for school, and Black women still have to think twice about how they wear their hair to work, it’s clear that more work needs to done.  I hope that by sharing my ongoing research through this blog, I will be able to support the natural hair cause and encourage women and girls to love and embrace their natural textures.

Follow me as I present my case for natural hair, and please feel free to submit your questions and comments below!

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