One thing I love about natural hair is its diversity.
Seriously. You can do so much with Black hair, it ought to be a crime. I’ve seen many styles on Black women and Black men, and the creativity never ceases to amaze me.
Remember when I told y’all about how I hated my hair when I was a kid and had to beg my mom to give me a relaxer? Aside from my natural hair being a pain to manage, I guess a part of me wanted to look like the women I saw on T.V. Black women, by the way. I mean, they all had straight hair. Either that, or it looked soft and curly, or they found a way to create those “white girl” waves.
(Ironically, I didn’t find out that their hair wasn’t even real until years later… Unbe-weave-able.)
When I looked in magazines, in the “Health and Beauty” sections, they always provided hair tips, but for who? Those with straight hair, mainly white women. There was this one tutorial that explained how to create beach waves which involved wetting the hair. There was no way my naps were going to come out looking all glamourous, especially if I wet it. And the way the author wrote the tutorial, you would’ve thought that particular style was something that anyone and everyone could do.
I felt left out, in a sense. I mean, I didn’t really know anyone with their natural hair besides my younger sisters and cousins. Every other woman in my family had a relaxer. My female friends at school had relaxers. My female teachers had relaxers. And wearing natural hair wasn’t celebrated back then as much as it is celebrated today.
Back then, there was no such thing as twist-out tutorials, online or in print. No one really wanted to learn how to style and take care of natural hair because natural hair wasn’t “in.”
Thank God the world is always evolving, huh?
It makes me happy to see the various natural hairstyles in mainstream media now-a-days. I feel like finally, I can look into a magazine or browse the internet, read or watch a tutorial and say: “Hey, my hair can do that!”
I’m still rocking sew-ins, by the way. I’m just too busy to pay attention to my hair like I should. But once my life slows down a bit, at least I’ll know how to work what I’m working with.
Here is a song that it absolutely beautiful. I really wish this song had been written 15 years ago…