More black women around the globe are embracing their natural hair. For many, this is a way of showing self love and acceptance as true African queens. For years Blacks were made to think that in order to be beautiful their hair should be straightened and their skin lighter. As I start my own ‘actual’ natural journey, I interviewed the following women for some inspiration and asked them what being natural meant to them. I fell in love with their individual responses and I guarantee you will too especially if you relate.
Being natural to me means being content and proud of who I am, exactly how God made me. Straight, no chaser (haha).-Tarra
I would get terrible headaches afterwards. Even after relaxing my hair wouldn’t change texture😂😂😂. I jumped from one brand to another but still, people would come and compliment my ‘afro’ and then I realised that maybe it’s time I listen to my hair. I started to google information on how to grow my own hair without chemicals, I was in awe😳. I learnt that growing our natural hair is a worldwide movement for every woman of colour. I started to accept my hair the way it is, I joined groups and engaged with other naturals to gain more knowledge about taking care of my hair. Black hair to me means accepting myself for who I really am, And I wish I was taught earlier about nourishing the kink that grows on my head because for the longest time I only viewed relaxed hair as ‘proper/professional hair’. I am glad that most women are now ‘woke’ and returning to their roots. Natural hair is our heritage and identity.
I believed kinky hair wasnt beautiful and everyone would comment on how unlucky I am to have “steelwool” hair. For me being natural means that beauty is only defined by my own terms, it means I am no better than those who relax their hair but Im not in competition with anyone. Being natural means there is no one definition of beauty and that all hair loved by their owners is beautiful. Its not the easiest hair to manage but Im loving how versatile it can be.-Nelisiwe
Being natural means caring about myself more. It means caring about my aesthetic, my health, and being my authentic self. It’s not just about whether I look good but what looks I genuinely prefer, self-expression over performance of beauty standards. It’s about being mindful of everything from what I eat to how I handle my strands, being as dedicated to self-care as I am to caring for others. It’s about choosing who I want to be rather than who I think others will like best and doing that every day regardless of how I am judged.
I’ve grown my hair natural before opting for relaxed hair that time it meant nothing it was just hair, hair that held me back from doing certain hairstyles. Now I guess appreciating my hair and loving it for what it is, comes with growth. To me it makes me feel true to my African roots and makes me feel black, which is something I’m proud of and because of my skin colour and surname most people mistake me for being coloured and my hair is one definite answer that I’m a black African woman.
When I was young, straight hair was a wish I had while other kids asked for toys for Christmas. I just wanted long straight hair similar to a Barbie doll. A perm was the closest thing i could get. When it phased out during my late primary school years. I didn’t like my hair, until my mid-twenties I had no relationship with my hair. It got to a point where I did not care whether it was short or long. Finally I got to relax my hair. The barbie doll hair dream i had before relaxing my hair and the reality I discovered after were two separate worlds. I started to hate my hair and its texture. My hair was thin and breaking, not to mention the torture of burn during the chemical reaction process. A year ago with the assistance of life and its tribulations I went for a big chop and my journey to being natural and self discovery started. My natural hair meant more than I ever thought it would when I decided to embrace my natural curl. It led to self discovery and acceptance. I no longer want to look like society’s version of what is normal. Being natural to me means freedom…
Being natural means knowing the authenticity of your African roots. It means you’re willing to take the time to sit in the bathroom spending hours maintaining and making sure your hair stays as beautiful as God made it. It means walking around with a crown of confidence.
This blog post was my way of inspiring African women into embracing their natural hair and not to feel like it is not enough for their beauty. Like us,follow us, comment and share the love.💜