While surfing the web, I came across some simple, yet insightful, information that I felt compelled to share.
For those of you ladies who are transitioning to natural — or have even been natural for quite some time– did you go through a phase where your “expectations” about natural hair became a challenge? I find that even when many women learn to embrace their natural hair (and ditch the chemicals/relaxers), there still seems to be some idealization of what their natural locks should or will look like…
There’s nothing wrong with having natural hair “role models” (in fact, I believe young girls need more of them), but sometimes notions about “good” and “bad” hair still seem to creep up into a seemingly happy and natural existence.
In order to hault my rambling, here’s an excerpt from a 2008 Associated Content article:
If you are not familiar with your natural hair texture, become reacquainted. Know exactly what you are working with. You may not have flowing ringlets or a uniform curl pattern throughout your whole head. That is okay, your hair texture is unique. You may find you have different textures on different parts of your head. Many women of African descent have not seen their natural hair texture since they have been children. You must grow your hair out a few inches, to see what your true hair texture is.
link to the rest of this article: Associated Content
Ladies who are going natural (or have went natural), do you find that the “good hair” complex is something that women can’t let go of? Is the process of going natural just being who you are, or really learning to be yourself all over again…
:: I’d love to hear your thoughts ::