Have you noticed an increase of naturals around you? I certainly have and yet I don’t know how to feel about it. One side of me is happy(high-fives all around) to see women embracing their natural hair. The other feel like these women are big phonies!!!! Only having natural hair because it’s “in.” When I was transitioning a few years ago, I constantly got stares everywhere I went. People just couldn’t seem to understand why one would not want to get a relaxer. Now that they are more naturals I question their motives? Did they become natural because it’s more accepted and they feel more comfortable with their self or simply because it’s cute on Solange and will be cute on them as well.
The hair care industry has certain noticed the increase. Now every major hair care company have products geared specifically towards curly and products for naturally curly hair are making their way on the shelves of Target and Walmart. With this commercial success, I again question sincerity. Is this movement about acceptance of one’s natural self or about the look of natural?
Or am I just kicking up dust and creating an issue that isn’t there? This could be true. Because hair is grown from one’s physical being, it is their property. Giving them the right to do as they please. And being an artist, I feel that one should be able to express themselves in any avenue possible (hair being one of those avenue). Meaning if you what to grease it and weave it up, go head then, you want to shave the middle of your head, get girl, but if want to be natural please be sincere!!!! Do it because you no longer want to be a slave to hair appointments and flatirons, you no longer want to scared of the rain or going to gym in fearing the life your precious “edges.”…..I know I went a little far but you get the point. lol.
Steph and I plan on interviewing women about their decision on going. I look forward to hearing different perspective on the topic. What do you think?