Tag Archives: Afro

Mane Man Winning Women…AND Natural Hair

17 Oct

An Open Letter to the Natural Hair Community.

Take a look at this post from Mane Man, Jor-El featured on curlynikki.com and his blog, follow & subscribe! Mane Man

 

My response:

This is a very nice post, sweet even, Mane Man Jor-El.  It’s funny because it made me think of when I 1st started my natural hair blog and my husbands first comment on my post was “Babe, you are inspiring me to re-grow my fro…I don’t know if the world is ready for that. Hahaha” and my response was “they’re not ready….” but in my mind I was like no don’t DO IT! lol, I think that was my reaction mainly because when he did have his fro he didn’t know what to do with it, he doesn’t have patience for long hair or his short hair & it would end up being more hair for me to do (I do his haircuts now too so I guess that’s not too different). But I say all that to say, that it IS a daily battle having natural hair & committing to loving it in all of its complexities & uniqueness especially in today’s society/media/based off of the area/region you live in…anyhoo, just my thoughts. Congrats on being on Curlynikki.com too!

 

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“…the Politics of Free Hair” Response

19 Sep

So I read this article over the weekend by: Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care: a blog by a Caucasian mom that talks about her natural hair care for her adopted African-American daughter (she’s soooo cute by the way!)  Anyhoo, in her article, “A Vanilla Perspective on the Politics of Free Hair”, she talks about the challenges & comments she  receives when her daughter wears her hair in its “free state” afro, natural, just out.  (She has another post showing how she did her daughter’s hair for “Afro Independence Day” (I never heard of it either…lol) check Boo out )

 After reading the 1st article though I thought it was impressive & very important that this mom is taking the steps to make sure her daughter embraces her hair in any/every style she wears it.  What is really great is that she’s starting this with her at such a young age.  It’s hard being a kid as it is, then add-on being African-American, wearing natural hair, being adopted…most kids just want to play & have fun with their friends, they’re not thinking about all of this other mess but can still be hurt by the nasty words of so-called friends.

From my own experience I’ve heard all kind of negative names about my hair from when I was a child “horse hair, coffee beans, cotton, sponge, blacky-locks, mop…” the list goes on, but as a kid I don’t think I realized the lingering effects this had on me & my thoughts about my own hair.  Even now, I usually don’t wear my hair “out, in an afro/its natural state” I’m still, even at age 27, not used to wearing it that way because it’s so big, different and people aren’t used to it looking that way.  I really don’t want to deal with anyone’s comments, crazy looks or any nonsense because my response may not be so nice.  So, here’s my pledge: I will love my natural hair through the good & bad days, nice or not-so-nice comments and will continue to rock it day in & day out!

I believe this is an important and very ‘real’ topic amongst African-American women and it probably has deeper roots than just the surface that I have touched here. So share your thoughts or comments too, I have so much more to say about this but it will have to be said over many posts…

(I hate & love this video at the same time…lol. I get what they’re trying to do but….idk, smh.)

Happy Monday! 

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