Friday, March 13, 2009

Be proud. Be Natural.


Something that been goin' on in my mind for many years now: Why do so many african/black women use and add "fake" hair? To me that is totally non-understandable. I mean the african woman has got the most beautiful natural hair anyone can get on the earth. So why add this "fake hair" trying to get the more straight hair, like the white woman's?

So I'm sayin: Be proud of your Natural Style! :)

18 comments:

American Black Chick in London said...

Yay! I love this post! I wrote a post a few days ago on my blog about natural hair and why I decided to go natural. I've been proudly rocking a wee 'fro for a few years now and now that I live in London I'm seeing more and more black women wearing their hair in natural styles. It's so wonderful seeing other black women embracing their natural hair!

Lili said...

Hey, I love your blog. Its nice to see tht evn though the media would force feed us with images of the white woman as the ideal beauty, many men still appreciate and celebrate the beauty of black women. BTW, I live in the UK and habe full natural hair - I may send you my picture one day!

cocoalady said...

Thanks for showing some love to the natural sistas. I became natural in August of last year and I don't want to go back. I love it. I am starting to see a lot of black women in my area going natural. I'm loving it. I believe a change is really coming.

erica said...

I realized one day that the only guys who are impressed with my extensions are black guys...white guys could care less..who are the ones I date.

So thanks for reconfirming what I already know..its my natural beauty that has them coming back for seconds and thirds..

Anonymous said...

beautiful blog, just lovely.

AllyDx said...

I just stumbled on your blog and so far I like it! I have been natural since 2007 and loving it. I do from time to time get braids and extensions just because I want something different.

I live in Canada and I too have been seeing more and more black women wearing their hair natural. It's a beautiful thing=)

FunkyStarkitty50 said...

I haven't permed in about 10 years and I've worn Afros and various types of braids. Thank you for your appreciation of natural styles.

Pretty Star said...

White B'woy, I read your blog from time to time, but I felt inclined to comment today.

The reason many black women will wear weave and chemically straighten their hair is because we are told not only that it is beautiful, but it is acceptable.

Before I went natural, I read in a manual for a job that I had recently accepted that "extreme hairstyles" were not acceptable in the workplace, and listed among these extreme hairstyles were afros, dreadlocks, and cornrows.

Look at the black women who are valued in Western Society: most of them either have bone-straight hair, or they wear weaves. Occasionally, there will be a sista like Miss Erykah Badu who literally does WHATEVER with her hair and is remarkably beautiful--but how often does she pop up on a list of the world's most beautiful people (with the exception, I'm sure, of your own =))

The point: it's sometimes an issue of pride, but more often an issue of western white acceptance: if hairstyles that reflect my ethnic heritage are forbidden, it's either straighten my hair or be unemployed.

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DuduOmoOniDada said...
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DuduOmoOniDada said...

I had to comment on this post.

I've been natural off and on for about 10 years BUT just went straight natural about 8 months ago.

I understand why a lot of black women wear fake hair. I dont agree, but I understand it. Its sad, that we choose to hide our beauty to comply with what we think the world wants. We forget that much more important than what the world wants, is what it needs.

It needs to see us, for what we are, so it too, can recognize and love our beauty.

Since I've been wearing my hair in locks, there has been so many non-white people (and suprisingly, one black too) who has asked me if my hair is natural, it is sad. We arent giving the world a chance to know what we are, and what we look like under the synthetic hair.



Thank you, this post speaks to me.

Black is Beautiful said...

True that!! The world NEEDS to see more of the natural beauty! :)

chela said...

Hey I just started reading your blog today and love it. However on this subject your right black women do have naturally beautiful hair and it should be appreciated. But as a side note however a lot of black women use fake hair or dye their hair just to have a different look or express a side of their personality - not because they are trying to be white or are ashamed of their identity -just as a lot of non black women perm, crimp, straighten or dye their hair

belinda4 said...

hi found your blog last nite ,and all i can say is love!love!love it>>>>>I totally feel the same way about the natural hair> I have been natural for the past 8 yrs and love my hair and proud 2 wear my fro.lol keep up the good work and thanks for seeing the beauty in me ..mauh

Vee said...

Amen to that too!

AfroChica said...

I couldn't agree with you more.I've been happily nappy for 7 yrs now and I'm ever going back to the creamy-crack! I've learn to love & embrace my God-given natural hair despite today's society's ideal of "beauty".

p.s.: I'm dying to see Chris Rock's new documentary that explores black hair culture

http://goodhairmovie.net/

Sonia said...

I did wear fake hair because it was 'normal', how black people 'are supposed to be'. You grow up, you learn things and you just suppose it's normal :)

Now I wear my hair natural, it was hard , specially in the very beginning, but it's worth it...

thanks for the wonderful post ! :)

Tamu said...

Thank you!!!

gs said...

Thank you so much for this blog and this post. There needs to be about a million more white men asking this question, at least in the US. If you spend any amount of time here, its almost like white people are forever kissing their own backsides when it comes to their own version of what is beautiful... and we are all just supposed to go along with it, no questions asked. I've always thought that if more white men would just learn to appreciate all types of female beauty instead of the "gentlemen prefer blondes" philosophy, the world would be a much better place.