The New Age Hair Revolution
Want to share your story as a guest poster and be featured on our website and social media pages just like T.J.? Click here.
Women of color have long been plagued by the societal images of beauty—whether it evolves around their weight, styles of dressing, or more importantly, their hair.
Our hair is a defining staple within our culture, one that has been policed by others—whether within the African-American culture or outside of it—throughout our impressionable developmental years until now in adulthood, during this new natural hair revolution.
As impressionable youngsters, the allure of silky, soft, manageable hair was reinforced on a societal level—conformity at its best. We “looked” like everyone else. Our hair was soft and straight like the other races, and that would become the accepted norm, for that “look” within itself was now the expected norm! For anything outside of the box was socially inappropriate.
Many harsh comments would be: Are you a slave? How could you ever expect to be seen as beautiful in your natural hair state? –Curly? Kinky? – Girl, your hair is nappy! How dare you not have a perm? …This type of policing kept a great deal of women afraid for personal and professional reasons to ever consider the notion of being natural. Some never waivered from their natural hair convictions, but for many, the fear was real.
Fast forward to the sentiments of today. Today’s views on body images, on individuality, and more specifically, the benefits of being natural (whether the drive behind such a decision was motivated for health reasons or to simply embrace one’s hair as it was intended to be in the first place), a new sort of policing has seemingly taken center stage within the realm of hair care and being natural verses having processed/permed hair.
The policing occurred on various levels, within the natural hair community, and between naturals and processed hair women. For some processed hair women, demeaning and mocking the natural hair journey of their natural hair counterparts (who fully embrace their hair in its natural glory—curls, kinks, coils and all), because the sentiment is that there is no beauty in natural hair. While on the natural hair spectrum, some naturals have passionately argued that their processed hair counterparts are uneducated about the dangers of using chemicals in their hair, and are trapped in a warped world surrounded by unhealthy hair ideals.
Such rigid viewpoints are extreme ideals on both ends of the spectrum, and are not shared by all within both of these communities, and for the most part, personal hair preference and ideals are respected and appreciated amongst both hair communities–this mutual understanding is showcased within and outwardly. Though there is an understanding for the opposing standpoint, there still remains the question of whether or not natural hair can be deemed as beautiful.
Whether showcased on natural hair websites, within marketing strategies, or through mainstream social media images, natural hair is now associated with empowerment and embracing beauty from within. This evolutionary process associated with natural hair being deemed as beautiful is a wonderful and life-altering experience. Women, young and old can now truly love themselves as they learn all about their varying hair textures, because as they embark on their natural hair journey with open arms, societal shifts now highlight and embrace the journey as well.
Guest Post by T.J. Reynolds
Note from Natural Haircare News: We love this article by T.J. Reynolds and encourage others to share their viewpoints regarding natural hair. T.J., we encourage you to send us your email address so that we can thank you for the post. Guest posters: please remember to fill out the email address section on the guest post form unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous. We will only use your email address to acknowledge receipt of your guest post and to let you know if your article will be posted.
|“Changing attitudes about natural hair” is what we do at Natural Haircare News. Through informative articles, podcasts and videos, we go beyond just sharing the latest advice and tips on kinky, curly, wavy haircare – We shake things up and focus on the realities of wearing our hair natural.|
You May Also Like:
- Why It’s Wrong to Call Your Hair Nappy
- Atlanta Photography Duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt Post “AfroArt” Photos of Natural Girls and go Viral
- Yes, I Stretch My Natural Hair – No Biggie…
- Are Black Men Missing From the Natural Hair Conversation?
- The Trend Towards Natural Hair Goes A Lot Deeper Than The Need To Be Free From Relaxers
- Why Are Black Women So Emotionally Tied To Our Hair?
- USA Today Explores the Natural Hair Movement’s Growth
- 4 Topics That Unnerve and Divide The Natural Hair Community
- Nappy Hair – The Other “N” Word?
- Guidelines vs. Discrimination- How far Can Corporations go in Dictating Hairstyles?
- A Must Read For Natural Hair Nazis
- Does Natural Hair Make You More Black?
Explore Our Website!
Let’s Stay In Touch
What Others Are Saying
Natural Haircare Topics
- How Do You Know If You Have Scab Hair? Pictures
- 6 Tips for Controlling Frizz in Natural Hair
- The Finer Things In Life: Tips For Fine Hair Naturals!
- Combating Fairy Knots In Natural Hair, (Single Strand Knots)
- The LOC Method: 3 Steps For Happy, Moisture Rich, Natural Hair
- Mature Women and Natural Hair – A Photo Gallery
- Natural Haircare Training and Certification Available at a North Carolina Community College
- Transitioners Start Here
- Top 5 Sexy Natural Hairstyles: A Man’s Perspective
- To Trim Or Not To Trim – That Is The Question