Media has portrayed African hair as very indecent and unattractive for a very long time .Until black people started taking their full control of their looks.
So recently I saw a Facebook post with of a black woman who straightened her hair for a job interview and got the job.On her first day at work she came with her kinky afro.I know the post was just meant for amusement .I didn’t find it funny though instead it evoked a thought and question of “why are we not unapologetic of our blackness”.
Probably most black woman in my county are like me.Its been five years that I have tried “to go natural “meaning I am not putting relaxer in my hair.What I realized is that natural hair is more expensive than relaxed hair .For example a hair wash of natural hair is $5,while a wash of relaxed hair is $2.This prices mean that a student and unemployed woman cannot afford to keep natural hair. And did I mention the new hair do last a week.
Besides the prices you will not even enjoy your visit to the salon .The hairstylist here hate natural hair. They are always asking, “why not put on a relaxer ?” Or they will say,” you hairstyle won’t look nice if don’t blow dry your hair “.Blow drying your hair is actually exposing your hair to heat ,it affect the hair follicles and cause hair breakage. Does the hairstylist care about it .They just want to deal with less kinky in your hair.
Natural hair is not just a trend .Its a movement. A movement that every African needs to join. It will save “us” diseases like cancer because they is so much ingredients found in relaxers that is not safe to use.