Natural African hair has always been fascinating. The beautiful hairstyles of locks, braids and cornrows we see everywhere today are amazing. Just when you thought, you have seen it all you get another dazzling piece of creative hair art coming. The styling possibilities are endless and make you wonder about the roots. It makes you wonder about history and authentic hairstyling.
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Thirty- two years after the first ever dreadlocks grooming salon opened its doors and natural hair has become an inevitable lifestyle, the booming movement established its own hair and fashion show.Going-Natural.com, instrumental in propelling the online natural hair movement for over a decade and the International African Arts Festival, a cultural beacon of New York for 46 years, have been teaming up, to give the natural hair movement the stage it so deserves.
Last year’s natural hair show ‘Back to the Future of Our Roots’ set the stage for natural hairstylists and models to emerge to limitless heights with the goal to take the now billion dollar industry to the next level of professionalism and acceptance.
With this year’s theme Black Follicles Matter, Drs. Mireille Liong, producer and founder of Going-Natural.com aims to highlight the social injustices that people with African strands, still have to endure.
Black people are the only people on planet earth who don’t have the fundamental human right to wear their God-given tresses natural, says Liong.
Styles that are natural to African strands are considered radical and improper for the workplace which is detrimental to Black follicles.
73% of Black women are suffering from relaxer-induced alopecia, hair loss related to chemical straighteners. Instead of hiding the pain and shame behind wigs and weaves, we need to talk, address and solve the underlying issues.
The goal of the Going Natural Hair Show is to expose the unmatched versatility and beauty of Black Follicles while creating awareness and breaking stereotypes.
The next Going Natural Hair show will be on July 4th at the African Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY.
If you are a hairstylist who wants to participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s with great pleasure that we invite you to Black Follicles Matter, a photo montage to start off Black History Month to celebrate and elevate Black Roots.
Your beautiful textures, creative styles and vibrating energy made my exhibition absolutely outstanding and magnificent. So with a joyful heart I like to thank you for coming to BAD Hair Uprooted and helping me change perceptions by capturing and sharing your favorite natural hairstyles with your friends on social media.
“Good Hair Was All She Wanted” is without question the most shocking hair story in the 10 year existence of going-natural.com’s but also in the history of youtube. The almost 4 minute video is in fact a slideshow that tells the hair story of a woman whose scalp was mutilated by a chemical relaxer that was suppose to straighten her natural hair. Although the video was posted to get out Isabella’s story and not to make any judgment on the process of relaxing, the images of the trauma on her scalp are so hearth wrenching and shocking that it is almost impossible to stay impartial. People are commenting left and right on the clip of this beautiful woman who was courageous enough to share her hair story and back it up by showing her mutilated scalp with no shame. Yet, very few understand the personal drama behind the scenes. So here is Isabella’s Hair story.
Like so many daughters from the Diaspora, I started relaxing my hair when I was a teenager. I didn’t know any better than that it was a rite of passage and I was happy to have my Afro straightened.
If you think the petition to comb Blue Ivy”s Hair, is too painful to read which it should be for anyone who understands where it comes from, imagine the pain the poster of the text must feel. Not being able to see the gorgeousness of an adorable little Black girl just because her she wears her God-given strands naturally is a sign of deep psychological trauma rooted in the history of slavery that just won’t go away.
More than excited, I am elated about Bad Hair Uprooted, the 10th anniversary exhibition featuring a myriad of your head turning Natural Hairstyles. I like this to be a going-natural.com community celebration in every sense. Not only will your outstanding hairstyles be on display, you also get to choose which portraits will be on display.
Lady Rapunzel is almost a perfect example of how royal naturally locked African hair can look. Her incredibly long and beautiful dreadlocks turned heads at the BAM African Dance Festival in Brooklyn, New-York in 09 where this picture was taken.
Until I went natural, I never really had the courage to dig deeper into the history of slavery than what was being taught in schools. Growing up in Suriname in a loving family of five, I had everything a kid could wish for. I can humbly say that we grew up privileged with more than enough opportunities to play sports, travel, learn to play an instrument and obtain a good education. Aware of my blessings, I could hardly consider myself a victim of slavery.
Crown of Locs is choosen once more for two New York Exibitions. This time out of 1,900 submissions!
Since I started taking pictures of natural hairstyles more than 10 years ago, I dreamed about an exhibition to share the beauty of our unique tresses with the rest of the world.
From the simplest to the most intricate style I couldn’t wrap my mind around, I was convinced that the colorful portraits of these “Bad” hairstyles could change the perspective on natural hair.
My photos have been allover the web and already inspired many women via social media. An actual exhibition can illuminate our perspective, our community and our hair in the real world.
With your help, we can make this never before exhibition on Natural Hair happen. So I humbly ask you to visit my artist profile here and vote for me. Your vote can help us illuminate our natural hairstyles beyond the borders of race.
To see my work, read my artist statement and vote for me, please visit My artist profile here.
I truly need and appreciate every single vote.
This is one of the natural hair photos that was on display in the UK in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology this Summer and Autumn. The picture was taken at the African Festival in 2010. This little beauty was lying in a stand that offered massages. She didn’t mind me taking her photo and she didn’t try to pose. Very often little girls strike a pose when they see a camera, not her. She was just lying comfortable as if not aware of her natural beauty.
If you’ve been to a natural hair show in the past years, it’s very likely that you have seen this model who goes by the name of Mr. Golden Child. As model and an artist he uses his chest long locs to set himself apart from the rest. As an images says 1.000 words it’s needles to say that it works. Always impeccably styled by Oraje his artistically sculptured dreadlocks never fail to turns heads.
The first time I shot this colorful diva was in 2005 at the BAM Dance Africa Festival. When I saw her again in 2009 I told her that she was part of my exhibition. She laughed and said: “I am a diva.”
My work celebrates the beauty of African hair; an underappreciated natural beauty all too common destroyed by harsh chemicals and damaging weaves.
Capturing the beauty of African Hairstyles allows me to picture the beauty of Black natural strands while shining a light on the social injustice of unequal hair rights.