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Hair, Our Hair

A-Z BLOGGING CHALLENGE Letter “H”:
Since the times of Madame CJ Walker (maybe even earlier than that), Black women have had a strong interest in their mane. Her development of hair care products for black women was revolutionary. Now it may be that this affection we have for our hair comes from a desire to be accepted by or assimilated with the cultures and appearances of our European masters. Wanting our hair to be “fried, dyed and laid to the side” to be deemed beautiful and presentable, worthy to be looked upon, comes from slave mentality. Our culturally spirited broken ancestors instilled in us the maintenance of our hair, passing down the beliefs and practices of “good hair”.

There are several blogs, song and movies about our hair, excepting our hair, loving ourselves as God made us, and so on. This is not one of those posts. This blog was inspired by the recent uproar and petition about Jay-Z and Beyonce’s baby Blu-Ivy. People are complaining about the toddler’s hair looking wild and almost dreaded at the ends. Comments were made about a mother spending as much time and money on her hair as Beyonce, shouldn’t have a child running around with an unmanaged mane.
Yes, I think the petition is ridiculous, and that there are a lot more pressing matters than a two year old’s hairstyle. I can recall several pictures of myself and others running around with fly-away strands as a child. Several of us look back at our childhood pictures with the sponge roller bang and question our parents’ sense of style and taste in hair design. However black people, women especially take pride in our hair. It is who we are. Our hair is a part of our culture. Braids, beads, locks, curls, waves, afro, twists, blowouts etc. This is who we are. We are a people who take much pride in our appearance and as a part of that, our hair. The great thing about our hair is the variety of styles we can rock. Understanding India Arie’s lyrics to “I am not my hair”, we aren’t defined by our type of hair or style in which we wear it, but our hair is as much a part of our culture as music and dance.
What J & B choose to do with their child’s hair is their business. If it makes them happy, who are we to nationally request for action to be taken? Hair health is of more importance than the style, but we are a stylish people by nature. It’s in our genes.
Just a lil of the TRUTH …
A-Z BLOGGING CHALLENGE Letter “H”

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Our Culture/Our World

 

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Acceptance through Assimilation

This month's cover of O Magazine

This month’s cover of O Magazine


Watching TV, (DVR only, don’t watch commercials much anymore) Dish Nation, my favorite radio TV show, and the topic of discussion is OPRAH and the Cover of this month’s magazine. The cover features Oprah as most of the issues do, only this time she’s rocking a blown out extensive afro. LOVE IT! Heidi Hamilton, the radio host of The Frank & Heidi Show of 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles made negative comments in regards to Oprah and her fro. This surprised me, as all of the comments I heard about this cover expressed how great this photo was. But was that only in the black community in which I immerse myself-friends, talk shows, TV & radio stations?
Instagram posts and comments from US

Instagram posts and comments from US

Instagram post and comments from US

Instagram post and comments from US


(CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO BETTER READ THE CAPTION! sorry for the strain on your eyes)

On INSTAGRAM I came across a few photos that expressed the same dislike of Oprah’s magazine cover. Comments about her hair being ratchet and crazy. This made me wonder was it because they truly thought this picture was bad or was her hair considered “BAD”?

Instagram comments & posts from "Them"

Instagram comments & posts from “Them”

Instagram comments and posts from "Them"

Instagram comments and posts from “Them”

Instagram posts and comments from "Them"

Instagram posts and comments from “Them”

Now I can’t knock people’s opinions, especially radio hosts-that’s their job; What bothers me is the fact that THIS particular cover depicted a strong powerful WEALTHY woman in a NATURUAL hair state (Given there were hair pieces added). The texture of the hair is kinky curly, as opposed to her other covers where it’s straightened.

I understand you are entitled to your opinion, but those are like Belly Buttons-everyone has one, yet mine is cuter.

It floors me, and I’m unsure why-I know the image of a black woman in the natural state is intimidating- yet I guess I just forgot that some White people can’t take the look of black people. From the wide spread nose, plump juicy lips to our various complexions, curves and kinky curls of hair. I bet “they” were happier than “us” when the invention of “hair refining” tools came about. “Finally! Tame those N**g*s and that hair!”

The way we are just isn’t good enough.

How many years have we been in existence in this country and we are still not accepted as we are. We only become accepted as a people if we look and live as White people do, assimilating to their image of perfection, which is more than disturbing. I was guilty of being annoyed by the massive fashion trend of Black women and natural hair. Now I want us all to revert back to our natural state of being, forcing “them” into loving US. When “they” start hating on the richest woman in the world we DEFINITELY have a problem.

Embrace us as we ARE

Embrace us as we ARE

Just a lil of the TRUTH

Blog address I stumbled upon when browsing the internet for hours on end (as I do regularly)Natural Hair:
http://www.sisterswithbeauty.com/2012/02/history-of-the-relaxer/

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Our Culture/Our World, Random thoughts

 

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Back 2 Natural (cont’d)

Today was day 3 of the wash-n-wear hair, and the styling is the same as day 2.  I washed it, put leave in conditioner on it, and pushed a headband on the front.  This is the problem I have.  There are only so many styles I can implement with the wash-n-wear.  Next week, if time permits, I might try curling it with rollers. One thing I have figured out is that the longer my hair is, the less curl I have, and it now looks more wavy than curly.  I know that because I’ve straightened it so much that is taking a little time for the natural curl to come back…We’ll see what next week hold!

Happy being nappy!

Just a bit of the TRUTH

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Our Culture/Our World

 

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Back 2 Natural

Tired of the damage being done to my hair, tired of shielding it from the rain. I decided to drop the flat irons and pick up my wide toothed comb.  I’m going back to natural.  I’ve always been natural. I have a fine grade of hair that curls up with the touch of water.  What some folks call “good hair”.  Growing up my mama told me all hair is good if it covers your head. Well I’ve never had a perm, I only straighten my hair with flat irons.  I wear my hair straightened in the winter, and curly in the summer (humidity is not my friend). The other day I got tired of my straight strands.  It’s much easier for me to wash’n’go than to wrap and wear.f

imageSo I’ve decided to try different styles, and post for reviews. Day 1 was yesterday, I rolled it like a bug twist at the top, and pinned it in the back. Day 2 I just wet it, oiled it, and pushed a headband on the
front.  We’ll see what tomorrow holds! HAPPY BEING NAPPY!
Just a lil bit of THE TRUTH.

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Our Culture/Our World

 

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