Do you let people touch your hair or is it a no-no? Why?
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Do you let people touch your hair or is it a no-no? Why?
Photo Source: @afroliciouswomen
Pretty long huh?
Measuring at a full 10 inches it seems as if weave protective styling is working wonders for Kenya.
Does this method work for you?
More scoop on Kenyas mane over at Wetpaint
Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:
Nicole. I’m 20 years old from Dallas, TX. I’m about to be a junior in college.
Have you always been natural? If not when and why did you decide to transition?
Sadly, I have not always been natural. 😦 I got my first relaxer when I was six years old. From that point on, relaxers became a part of my normal life. I made trips to the salon just about every six weeks to get more of that creamy crack saturated on my suffering hair follicles.
I just saw a woman at the station with really thick beautiful natural hair in ringlets, spiralling down her back. I walked up to her and said “Your hair is gorgeous, do you know if it is 4a, b, c etc?”. This is the first time I’ve ever reached out to a Naturalista and been given the cold shoulder, her face was made up and her body language said “why are you bothering me, go away!”
Which makes me question, I know we are very keen and enthusiastic about our natural hair journeys, which is great but are we wrong to want to share that enthusiasm with people we meet?
Is it OTT or should people lighten up when they are paid complements. Are we too forward or are some women just being plain stush?
Get at me with your thoughts and experiences ladies, tell it like it is.
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On March 31, the Army released an update to its Army Regulation 670-1, along with an educational PDF to assist leaders in instructing soldiers on acceptable forms of grooming.
The PDF included clarifications for both male and female soldiers. Though the 60-page document is loaded with new information, one piece in particular has received a lot of attention: “Twisting two distinct strands of hair around one another to create a twisted rope-like appearance” — a popular style among black female soldiers — is now forbidden. And, in case there’s any confusion, there’s a collection of images that illustrate exactly what they mean. In response to the ban, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs started a petition asking the White House to reconsider the changes to AR 670-1, as they “offer little to no options for females with natural hair.” And, she’s got a point, read more from >>Refinery29<<
In the Ivory Coast, a fairly new group of woman meet every two months in the capital of Abidjan. The group calls itself “Nappys de Babi,” and the 2,400 odd members share tips on how to maintain their natural hair.
The main goal of “Nappys de Babi” – which is a combination of “natural,” “happy,” and Abidjan’s nickname – is to convince black women to forgo relaxers, extensions, and wigs. However, most of the women haven’t worn natural hair since their teenage years.. Read more from Clutch Magazine >>here<<
You have to have fun with your hair. It’s one of your greatest accessories
– Play with it 😉
One of the first times I laid my eyes upon Tracee Ellis Ross was during my teen years, when she starred as the quirky singleton Joan in the hit US show Girlfriends. In all honesty, like the hit show Sex In the City, I found myself glued to the box for the sole purpose of the costume, hair and make-up that the ladies mirrored. Because let’s face it, the story lines in shows these days only make up a small percentage of the rationale behind viewers tuning in. In the show Tracee’s hair was often the star, proving to all women with kinks that natural hair is just as versatile as chemically treated hair. Although Tracee’s journey didn’t start out that way..
Like most women Tracee went through an “awkward phase”. Feeding into the idea that chemically treated hair is of better-quality, surrendering to this concept by having a texturizer.
“I haven’t always been natural. I had a relaxer during my teen years…well it was more of a texturizer than a relaxer. But I started as a natural girl”.
Monday 27th May 2013
6.30pm – 11.00pm
KICKIN’ IT WITH THE KINKS first anniversay is here! Head down to The Ritzy cinema on this special night to view a premiere screening and indulge in a journey of self-discovery. An evening for you to sip, mingle and learn to embrace your very own identity. More Information
Isn’t it crazy since how many years, black women have been told they should relax or wear extensions to be seen as beautiful? It is! Even in 2013, some judgements are still being made regarding unprocessed hair. Here is a list of some of the most common ideas & stereotypes towards kinky hair:
Belief #1: Natural hair is not beautiful
Belief #2: You can’t comb natural hair; it’s too coarse and dry
Belief #3: Kinky hair doesn’t grow (Lies!!!)
Love is in the air and whether you’re with Mr (or Mrs), Valentine’s Day is the one day where you want to make sure that you are looking on point! I’m talking about that, ‘Dress-to-impress’, ‘Kill-them-with-fashion’ outfit that makes your other half feel like the luckiest person in the world (which they are of course!).
So where do we start?! Sexy, sophisticated or pure swagger? The choices are endless ladies and anyone that knows me will tell you that I’m not impartial to concocting an outfit out of all three. Yes, I know I know, we should not fall into the commercial trap for this one day but even if we are staying indoors with someone special, a little effort will not hurt, right? January has just ended, there are still many bargains that can be picked up for next to nothing and with the right shoes and accessories, you can turn a plain piece into a knockout outfit.
Here’s a few ideas for having a kinkilicious Valentines:-
Midi Bodycon Dress With Drape V Back
Teasehim with a glimse of your back
Shop it now £35.00 ASOS
Maxi Dress with High Low Side
Flash those sexy pins!
Sexy Midi Pencil with Lace Insert
Lace oozes sex appeal, drive him crazy with this figure hugging beauty
£45.00 from ASOS
Mini Dress with Diamond Back
Can’t go wrong with a mini dress 😉
Now only £10.00 at ASOS
So, when our outfit is chosen, what happens with our natural kinks? Well ladies, this is the time when you will put all you’ve learnt (whether by watching videos, hearsay or self-education) into practice. Natural hair can be a very sexy feature and the options are endless. There’s nothing that having access to water, oil, pomade, gel and hairclips can’t fix, even those bad hair days can be used to your advantage with a twist and a poke here or there.
Check out this vid for inspiration:
In the words of my beautiful friend,
Love, Peace and Hair Grease.
For some people, natural is just wearing afros or stopping relaxers. To me it means much more. When I hear anything related to natural hair, I hear creativity, freedom, boldness, beauty…
The styles that I have seen since I have started this journey are just stunning. Natural hair is so versatile; you can do literally anything you want with it. You can be sporting a fro one day, and comb coils the next day. Embracing your natural coils also increases your confidence, it really does! Choosing to transition or to do the big chop is not an easy decision. It’s a drastic change which requires a lot of courage and makes you more confident about yourself and your own beauty.
You will face critics and judgements, especially within the black community. You will have to develop thick skin and do what you think is best for you, despite other peoples negative comments. You will also need persistence when your hair doesn’t react the way you want it to. Sometimes, I wake up in the morning asking myself what am I going to do with this thick hair, but I usually get over it and try to be creative. Confidence is key, whether your hair is short, long, nappy or curly.
The freedom to be you, freedom from using relaxers, freedom from the stereotypes of unprocessed hair…
Being natural is accepting to be yourself, as God made you, and refuse the “standards of beauty”. Regardless of what we’ve been told from young and what the media’s image of beauty, I think natural hair is something to be proud of.
Another important aspect to take in consideration is the long term damage of strengthening products and extensions. For those who don’t know, this is what can happen to you. I hope it won’t, but it can.
Is it really worth it? Do you hate yourself that much to put yourself through that?
By Angele Amponsah
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Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t – Eleanor Roosevelt
This quote says it all. In life, no matter what you do or will do, you will be prone to judgement from people you know or even from people you have never seen in your whole life. It also applies to the process of going natural. Some people will not understand, tell you that you will not be able to comb your hair, nappy hair is ugly…and so on. Of course some will say “Go for it!”, but choosing to be natural is a PERSONAL CHOICE. I know doing something new is sometimes scary, but isn’t taking risk exciting? I believe that being natural gives you a little something more which makes you stand out.
Many of us “naturals” had the same questions when we started our journey.
Will it fit me? Hmmm, I do believe that if you were born with it, it will.
Which styles can I wear? That’s the thing with natural hair; there are so many hairstyles that you can wear: big curly afro, dreadlocks, flat twists, bantu-knot twist out (my favourite, I admit it :-D) … Don’t worry if you can’t make some of the styles you have seen, it takes a while to manage the different techniques. Do not give up!!
How do I take care of it and which products should I use? Well, it all depends on your hair texture and until you stop using relaxers you won’t know.
It’s crazy how women are becoming more and more confident about wearing their natural mane, even in the public scene. Celebrities like Yaya Dacosta Alafia (from ANTM) and Tracee Ellis Ross are strutting their natural tresses, and aren’t they beautiful? Yes, they are.
Will you take the steps?
By Angele Amponsah
Locks or locking of the hair is mainly associated with Rastafarianism the Jamaican religion, culture and some see it as a movement. Binding the hair to form matted thick collectives of hair is all a part of the Rasta doctrine which states that members should refrain from cutting, shaving or putting chemicals in their hair. Doing the above is seen as Eurocentric, as opposed to being Afro-centric which is what the movement embodies.
A condensed history of Rastafarianism goes a little something like this..
During the 1930’s Haile Selassie the 1st became Emperor of Ethiopia. During this time in Jamaica there was a renaissance where the majority of citizens were descendents from slaves and the predominate religion was Christianity. Searching for a black public figure to lead or aspire towards, some Jamaican’s began to associate Haile Selassie with the second reincarnation of Christ, or as the late Reggae artist Garnet Silk refers to him in a well known song “Christ in his kingly character”. Another phrase used to illustrate Haile Selassie is the “Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judea”, and it is precisely this term that in my opinion leads you closet to the rationale behind Rastas wearing their hair in locks. The Lion or the Lioness is seen as being unregimented, wild, untamed, dominating and authoritative in its natural habitat. It’s one of the most feared mammals in the animal kingdom, subsequently “Rasta’s” associate themselves to the embodiment of this by wearing wild and free hair but most importantly natural hair that in some regards has at times been feared by those in the Western society. As comedian Paul Mooney claimed in regards to how Europeans feel about our hair he said; “If your hair is relaxed, then white folks are relaxed, if your hair is nappy they’re not happy” – Paul Mooney.
Even now in this contemporary society, finding a salon that caters for natural or locked hair can be quite difficult. You may ask how I know this, well for the majority of my life I had locks, and I was only able to find two salons (Morris roots, Tia’s Hair Salon) which catered for my hair style. I personally do not use the term “style” loosely at all, considering in these days it is most definitely seen as a cool and trendy hair style, in comparison to the more sacred reasons Rastas hold. Celebrities such as Lil Wayne (Left), Waka Flocka Flame (Centre) and 2 Chainz (Right):
Are all current successful American rappers who have illustrated the fact that is doesn’t have to be a religious choice, but just another way to experiment with your hair. Portraying that men just like woman wish to enjoy long flowing fabulous hair, and having locks makes this even more feasible as the hair achieves long length due to the fact that it does not shed. This is the key principle of not combing the hair out, which causes an interlocking effect.
Rasta’s believe you shouldn’t run a comb through your hair as this is envisioned as a “Babylon Ting”, which is a vernacular that refers to Western culture or the Eurocentric way. Conversely proving that you are Afro-centric by going against the grain of conforming, therefore allowing you to become more of an individual. But although this is a genuine reason for adopting “locks”, it doesn’t necessarily have to be linked back to any religious doctrine. Even though a Rasta may disagree, it is better in my opinion that the religious tie to wearing locks is lessened (not abandoned) but lessened. Due to the idea that more people may flock to this hair style if they know they don’t have to let’s say change their whole life style or belief system. Let’s face it, “locks” is about freedom and not feeling pressured to look like the majority, which in some regards is what being a unique individual is about.
By Ester Selassie
Photo Source(s): news.dm
For many of us who have decided to embark on a natural hair journey, transitioning can be a way of weaning yourself off of the hair you have become accustomed to. When you have lived with chemically-treated hair for so long and the thought of sporting a level one haircut seems daunting, transitioning can be a way of maintaining your processed length whilst coming to terms with the new you.
Transitioning is always a personal experience which can have its’ ups and downs. The battle of trying to create new hairstyles that will blend both hair textures can be a chore to say the least and we all know, we want to make this process as pain-free as possible to achieve our desired goals. During transitioning, the hair is probably at its’ most fragile state and if due care isn’t taken, that Big Chop may approach faster than you anticipated due to hair breakage.
Love for oneself is about the complete embodiment of what makes us “unique”, in scientific terms what makes us unique is our DNA. Subsequently why is it that we don’t appreciate that different textures of hair make us who we are? Whereas perming and texturizing makes us all look similar-uniform, it literally takes away the bounce, volume and feel creating a seemingly more manageable palatable look. But as we know this look is short lasting, and once again our “natural” hair takes back authority.
This leads me to the conclusion that there needs to be an innate “love” for our hair as is. It is the act of our hair reversing chemical styling that convinces me that there needs to be a positive outlook on our beautiful strong hair. Whether your hair is long or short it is still considered hair alike. “Natural” hair can be worn as locks, as seen on celebrities such as Lauryn Hill (Left) and India Arie (Right):