Love for oneself is about the complete embodiment of what makes us “unique”, in scientific terms what makes us unique is our DNA. Subsequently why is it that we don’t appreciate that different textures of hair make us who we are? Whereas perming and texturizing makes us all look similar-uniform, it literally takes away the bounce, volume and feel creating a seemingly more manageable palatable look. But as we know this look is short lasting, and once again our “natural” hair takes back authority.
This leads me to the conclusion that there needs to be an innate “love” for our hair as is. It is the act of our hair reversing chemical styling that convinces me that there needs to be a positive outlook on our beautiful strong hair. Whether your hair is long or short it is still considered hair alike. “Natural” hair can be worn as locks, as seen on celebrities such as Lauryn Hill (Left) and India Arie (Right):
It can be worn in an afro like Solange Knowles (Left)
and Esperanza Spalding (Right):
Even having no hair is seen as being eye candy, such women as Alek Wek and Amber Rose are relished for being strong and bold enough to not conform to the ideal that short, shaven hair is masculine and should only be worn by males. Rather it is just another way to exhibit hair.
These hair styles hold strong to the ideal that hair is another versatile element of our very “being”. In my personal opinion nothing is more alluring and beautiful than a head that has natural hair. There are so many ways to transform thick afro textured hair. Using creativity and simplicity can make all the difference in the world. Whether in twists, braids, blow-dried, cornrowed, tonged or just left out to mingle with the wind, the choice is yours!
By Ester Selassie