Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
Its time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock
Like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight
Like Oprah Winfrey
If it’s not what’s on your head
Its what’s underneath
-India.Arie “I Am Not My Hair”
As a young woman of color, I have had a million different hairstyles: relaxed or permed, a Jheri curl, a short Afro and box braids. Now I have dreadlocks and I love them. Having dreadlocks has given me a new sense of confidence and I feel very comfortable in my own skin. While some women chop off their relaxed hair, I decided to transition to natural. The transition process was long because I let my natural hair grow out and slowly cut off the relaxed hair so I could maintain length. While making the decision to go natural is a big one, I am an advocate of natural hair. These are the top ten reasons why I love being natural:
- You can get caught in the rain without an umbrella and you don’t have to worry that your hair will get ruined.
- You can go to the gym without the fear of “sweating” anything out.
- Your hair starts great conversations.
- You gain confidence.
- Your hair grows.
- Being unique is contagious! Being natural shows other women how great it looks and might consider doing it themselves!
- It’s inexpensive.
- It’s easy to maintain.
- It’s healthy.
- You feel free!
Do you have natural hair? We’d love to hear about your decision to ditch the relaxer and the weave in the comments.
by Carmen Medina