So many women of today are deciding to leave the harsh chemicals of processing and weaving alone. The thought is, have we become a culture filled with women searching to find themselves and being lost and caught up in this hip hop genre as it paints the false imagery of what a black woman should look like. Have we begun to dilute ourselves with a washed out
attempt to recreate our beauty? Can we as women of the descendants of Africa free ourselves to go back to basics; back to the natural and doing it so we can we uncover about unearth ourselves? Who can we be when we take the pressure off ourselves to fit a standard of what beauty is, and is it defined by our hair?
Here are a few personal testimonies by women who decided to make a choice by take a stand to be unique by freeing themselves up to be happy to be nappy!
From Baltimore, MD:
I was tiered of relaxing my hair and wanted to try sumthin different.
From Baltimore, MD:
Relaxing wasn't an
option anymore. So when I cut it all off it was an awakening to be true to myself in all my ways, not just my hair.
From Philadelphia, PA:
13 years in I have to say I
over processed my hair trying to get super straight, then I wore micros and sewn in so much there was no point. I didn't fully embrace the fro until about 7/8 years ago.
From Gwynn Oaks, MD:
I had only use to relax my hair like maaay bee 3 times a year and everyone would say if u can not perm ur hair for 3-5 months at a time whats the point of relaxing it u dont need a relaxer guuurl lol i thought it made me somthing other then what i was but truth is it help me discover who i was and helped bring out the woman who didnt care about long str8 hair i like my messy hair days or just some french braids...iv always admired the erykah badus of the word but never acted on it because i was scard of how ppl would take me...i realized that growing out my relaxer and loveing my natural hair was so much more then just that it became apart of my loving me journey ;-)#beautifulynatural
From Baltimore, MD:
A young lady that I work with kept saying "try it", seeing other women's natural hair kept tempting me. I love the
healthy look and feel. Even with perm my hair has always been very thick and
healthy, but during my stress and grieving from losing my dad on 12-24-12, my edges starting thinning... soooooo As of May 2013 I have not had a perm.
mmmhh needless to say I have quite a way to go, but..I'm happy with my decision. :-)
From New Castle Delaware:
I wanted to see my natural hair.... Hadn't seen it since I was about 7 yrs old.... lol sad but true... Im embracing my naps.
From York, PA:
When I was diagnosed with MS over 10 yrs ago...I stop using all chemicals in my hair. My hair has been so healthy ever since.
from Baltimore, MD:
I was going through a mental shift in regard to what I thought was beautiful. And I was at a place of self-discovery. I had wanted to give it a try for years and finally had the courage. I had no idea how powerful the journey would be (way beyond just my hair) and all that it would actually entail. I'm very glad that I did, never crossing back over. #almost8yearsin #teamkinky
from Newark, DE:
I got let go from the last day job that I never really wanted. decided to try letting my hair grow to its full potential and stop before I go bald from thining my hair out. I didnt want to be forty with no hair and I said I never to be the old lady hanging on to her wig! I'm loving the process of who a natural and what a natural woman is, shes a different girl who wears the straight Euro. Three years strong. #kinkybynature
From Randallstown, MD:
I colored my hair and it was soooo damaged after color and relaxer.I finally decided to cut it all off! lol
The Black Woman by Marcus Garvey
Black queen of beauty, thou hast given color to the world!
Among other women thou art royal and the fairest!
Like the brightest of jewels in the regal diadem,
Shin’st thou, Goddess of Africa, Nature’s purest emblem!