Celebrating Natural Women

I recently had posted if you have natural hair reply “I do” on this post  on my FaceBook wall. I’m going to be honest with you, I was a little surprised, and overjoyed, to see how many women responded.

Being natural has become the trend nowadays, I still remember the days where straight hair was the norm, growing up in a country where the colonized mentality reigned among all social classes.

I was 16 when I first had a relaxer, having to leave the nest at 18, I kept the look, even though I didn’t quite like the whole process of having to burn my scalp every 2 months.  In 2004 being in a circle where the men wore locks and the women didn’t care much for relaxers  I’d decided to go natural, yes I had locks..and they were growing. Then came 2008 when I moved to FL, my mother was flabbergasted, she couldn’t believe what I had done..well needless to say she called a family intervention (literally I’m not kidding, aunts uncles and cousins ganged up on me) to have my locks remove. To avoid confrontation, and since I love my mom so much I decided to remove them under the condition that I would not shave my head.  It took me 2 weeks from dusk till dawn with only food and bathroom breaks to untangle each lock one by one. So as you can see I’ve been rocking a natural look ever since, but early this year I was introduced to weaves and wigs..which will be for another blog..of course.

Just a little history about Black hair you can read more on Wikipedia : Since the beginning of African civilization, hairstyles have been used to convey messages to greater society. As early as the 15th century, different styles could “indicate a person’s marital status, age, religion, ethnic identity, wealth and rank within the community.”[1] Unkempt hair in nearly every West African culture was considered unattractive to the opposite sex and a sign that one was dirty, had bad morals or was even insane.[2] Hair maintenance in traditional Africa was aimed at creating a sense of beauty. “A woman with long thick hair demonstrated the life force, the multiplying power of profusion, prosperity. A green thumb for raising bountiful farms and many healthy children,” wrote Sylvia Ardyn Boone, an anthropologist specializing in the Mende culture of Sierra Leon.[3] In Yoruba culture, people braided their hair to send messages to the gods. The hair is the most elevated part of the body and was therefore considered a portal for spirits to pass through to the soul. Because of the cultural and spiritual importance of hair for Africans, the practice of having their heads involuntarily shaved before being sold as slaves was in itself a dehumanizing act. “The shaved head was the first step the Europeans took to erase the slaves’ culture and alter the relationship between the African and his or her hair”.

This was actually my way to uplift the women who rock a natural look CONGRATULATIONS LADIES and Happy Women’s month!!

 

 

  • Sha

    Thanks for including me Corhinn. I do hope people will come to realize that wearing their natural hair is not a trend. It is what we were born with and women have been doing so for years. People tend to forget that not just Black women alter their hair for stylistic purposes. Women all over have been bleaching, perming, straightening, coloring, blow drying and manipulating their hair for so long, but it is a big deal when we do it. I guess that’s because in most instances our altered hair looks so drastically different from its natural state. Regardless, I look forward to the day when all Black women, you included Corhinn ;), are just as proud to rock their natural hair as a weave or perm. Alter your hair because you feel like a change, but don’t be ashamed of it or abolish it to forever be hidden. That’s what makes the difference. Thank you for this piece. Hope it encourages many others to realize that whether they wear their hair in an afro, curls, dreadlocks or straight that they should always be proud of how they look underneath it all and not be afraid to show it. Your natural state should never be a trend. It should just be what it is: your hair.

    • Corhinn

      For the amount of time it takes me to prepare this hair of mine in the morning I get more frustrated then anything so since I’m a shake and go kind of girl I go that route…its more of a time management issue really but I guess I’ll have to find a way right

  • Nerlyne Examen

    Awesome post!!! Thanks for taking the time to acknowledge our natural state of beauty. My only regrets of growing out my natural hair is that I didn’t do it sooner.

    • Corhinn

      you are very welcome Nerlyne just felt compelled to do it.

  • Alexandria McCoy

    Hooray for natural hair! I love the look and feel of my hair since I “went natural!” My mom and sisters are all natural and so are my 2 girls. I also wish I would have done it sooner. We r all doing fine without the creamy crack!! I think our natural hair should be celebrated and embraced more than it is because it is a beautiful thing!

    • Corhinn

      Thank you Alexandria …you are so right about that 🙂