After reading this article and looking back how the natural hair movement growth has taken off tremendously. Natural hair movement in America is wonderful to see. I am not against be relaxers or how you choose to wear your hair. But given the praise that women of color who choose to wear their natural textured hair are doing it so not because of the trend, but they have their personal reasons. Wearing hair natural or relaxed is by choice and should be respected on both ends. Since I represent natural hair among natural textured women. I am proud to see the natural me of the flaws and the beauty it comes with in this journey. Photo Credit: Pinterest
Will This Economic Crisis Force African-American Women Back to Natural Hair?
When Chris Rock's controversial movie, "Good Hair" came out I was appalled. Why in the world would he send out a message to America that black women do not wear their natural hair?My anger was put to rest when I reflected on my own hair experience. Although I am highly against the idea of putting "weave" in my hair, I have seen the phenomenon with family and friends. It seems that sometime in the 90s African-American women wanted hair down their backs. The process for adding hair is a long procedure and the cost can range from the 100s to 1000s of dollars depending on the texture of hair. Many celebrities participate in this craze even woman of other races. But I noticed Mr. Rock did not address that fact. Nevertheless due to this current economic crisis, will African-American women continue to pay to have "good hair?" Personally, I stopped putting chemicals in my hair years ago. But I know that hair care is a huge business and I see women getting their hair "done" all the time. I know this recession has slowed some of them down, but I also think that the majority of women are giving up other luxuries in order to meet the need of looking good. Hair is not the only billion-dollar industry that is taking women's money all in the name of "beauty." You have cosmetics, designer clothing, and other accessories that contribute to their budget. I am sure that some women have to cut back or even stop purchasing some of these items. Some African-American women have started a movement professing their culture and wearing only their natural hair, even going back to the "afros" and braids that were popular in the 1960s. Although I am sure this movement exists, I have not seen many of these styles in my community.Read more Will This Economic Crisis Force African-American Women Back to Natural Hair? My reaction to this video is that hair whether mixed or non-textured is natural hair when its free from chemical processing, more specifically relaxers as I know there are naturals who choose to color their hair. However, with Afro-textured hair is integrated with the "natural hair movement" those who decide to no longer rely on relaxers to straighten the hair. I do agree that mixed or looser curls seem better appealing to society views. That is society views and does not finalized your kinky or tightly coiled hair is not beautiful. Its how you care for your own hair to make it look beautiful on you. No need to divide us, we have been divided again by society with lighter versus darker. We are black women with different shades of skin and different hair types. We are a sea of beauty, each gifted and talented working together to make us stronger. Black is beautiful and we are a representation from our hair to our skin.
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