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Natural Beauty Portrait

 

Last week, I felt like the natural hair community was mainly talking about one topic: the perception we have of kinky hair.

 

First, there was this video made by CharyJay called "my.NAKED.hair (PSA)":

Then, there was this post called Only certain people should go natural...? from Aisha on her blog "My Fro & I", and finally this piece called Do you compensate for being natural? on Klassy Kinks's blog. This all reminded me of this other post called I used to want "mixed girl" hair from last year.

 

Both my parents being Africans, I believe my hair is in the 4-something category. It shrinks like crazy when I put water on it and I can't rock a wash' n go for the life of me... unless I want to spend 2-3 hours detangling my hair afterwards. If you've read my first post, you probably know that I didn't feel really pretty when I did my first big chop. And yes, it took me a while to feel comfortable with my own hair. Actually, my first thoughts when I was considering going natural were:

  • What will I do with my hair?
  • How can I make it look good?

Obviously, the thought of my hair not looking good in its natural (shrunken) state was already set in my mind... Hence, the quest for the perfect curl pattern, the defined twist out and the miracle product.

 

Don't get me wrong though, I had a lot of fun trying different styles and getting acquainted with this "new version" of me. But about a year into my natural hair journey, I still felt like I couldn't get out of my house with my hair in its shrunken state. Snapping out of the idea that tightly coiled hair looks unkempt, unprofessional or that it needs to be tamed and styled at all time took a while, but was necessary. There's absolutely no reason to believe that the look of kinky hair is less "good" or acceptable than straight, wavy or curly hair.

So for me, it was all about the reasons behind my constant need to wear stretched styles. I still do, most of the times, to prevent my hair from knotting on itself - which means less detangling and manipulation, i.e. better moisture and length retention. As for my perception of kinky hair, let's just say it has evolve to the point where I can proudly rock my shrunken fro now, and enjoy it just the way it is.

'Til next time,
xoxo

 

 

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ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Is my kinky hair beautiful enough?”

  • Haley

    February 20, 2015 at 15:44

    Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better!

    Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! She always
    kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to her.

    Fairly certain she will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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