I have been studying naturals for a while now…almost 3 years to be exact. And I’ve discovered amazing things along the way. There are many things I can say about naturals:
*they are sexy
*they are exotic
*they eat healthy
*they are earthy
*they are desired
But there is one thing I’ve noticed that is a bit deeper than these things. Something I see , that every natural, especially female naturals, have. Young or older, Mixed or black, foreign or local, I realized that every natural has….
That’s right! In a society, where for sooooo long, the straight haired, no fuss, no problem, long or short hair was lusted after, the natural woman or man has accepted his or her self. In the past few years, it has become more popular, yet still wildly exotic to be a natural, but this is only veeeery recent. Us curly, wavy, kinky, zigzaggy girls have had to endure being the outcast for decades! We had to endure the stares, the mockery, the disbelief, the ‘why can you look like (fillintheblank)’ statements. Or was that just my experience?
You’ve really got to be internally strong in order to not allow your environment to influence adverse thoughts about yourself. It took a lot of spiritual work for me to be strengthened in who God made me.
Yet then and now, every natural whom has decided to leave the relaxer, the conk, the texturizer, the chemicals, and the hotcomb alone, is making so many statements to herself (or himself) and to the world:
I Accept Me, I Love Me, I Am Me, freely
I Don’t Have to Look Like What Everyone Else Praises
I Can Also be Creative With My Styles and Still Amaze You
Newsflash for all those taking notice and that care: this is not a trend. This natural haircare and hairdo has changed, no exploded, the direction of the hair product industry. New businesses and old ones have sprouted up natural hair care lines and are ferociously marketing them with, guess who? Us naturals. Photographers and designers are frantically searching for natural models. Some of the most popular YouTubers are natural chics. We are writing a new history. It’s a movement toward multi-cultures accepting themselves intensely in the face of the passing ‘straight’ standard.
And…we naturals are only going to get bigger.
Bigger in hair size.
Bigger in numbers.
And bigger in ideas of where to take are natural hair next.
It’s our turn to be desired for just being…..naturally us.