Natural Hairstyles Gallery for Black Women
Name: Equane Aka EQ
Who is your Favorite model? : Tyson Beckford
I have a preference for natural hair because it shows a woman is not afraid to show her true self!
Who is your Favorite model? Tyson Beckford
I saw a post about this video entitled “Black Women’s Natural Hair: why MEN prefer it! ” on nappturality.com and thought I’d share my 2 cents. Please take a look and tell me what you think.
My daughter sent me an article today that asked the question: Can having natural hair hurt a black woman’s career? It went on to suggest that for some it can be more difficult to get ahead or be promoted and make good money. It also suggested that it is viewed as unattractive by some employers. I guess I am fortunate because when I made the decision to go natural, I was already established in my career. I remember getting my hair flat-ironed for the first time in 3 years of being natural so I could do a length check. I had no idea how long or short my hair really was because the kinky coils are crazy. They knot up just looking at them. They make my hair look much shorter than anyone would suspect. Okay so that was nice. Length check done. I wore the style for a full week and my co workers and others were oohing and ahhing over pressed hair. One person said you look so different with your hair this way while another said I looked younger. I could remember when I first went natural with the big chop 3 yrs before that someone said I looked younger so that was a big laugh to me. When I returned a week later with curly twists people looked at me like Shessssssss backkkkkkkkkkk! I didn’t find it to be a bad thing at all. I especially loved it when one co worker said to me, “I like you hair because you have so many looks and it keeps changing.” I never took it the wrong way because I knew how she met it. It was a compliment and one I enjoyed.
I would say to any of us considering the natural hair way to do what you feel concerning your hair because it is
Shop Natural Hair Products by Black Women at whatnaturalslove.com
When approaching this challenge I really thought about what it would be like to live in Suriname as a Maroon woman. To be completely honest I hadn’t previously been aware of Suriname and needed to do some research to learn about the Maroons there. After my research I was so moved by their struggle and even more impressed by the Maroon women. The Maroons of Suriname are apart of the African Diaspora, descendants of enslaved Africans, so I felt a historical connection as an African-American. They fought and won their freedom from the Dutch in 1975, however the women still did not have many rights.
One thing I have enjoyed the most about being a finalist in “The Next Natural Model” is being able to experience different things. This challenge was very interesting because I had the opportunity to learn about a community of people that were brave and courageous and reminded me of our American Harriet Tubman. The Maroons are the descendants of runaway slaves who escaped into the interior rain forests immediately upon their arrival in the English, later Dutch colony. I admire them because of their strength, pride and defiance. That is still evident in their culture today.
Black women typically chemically alter their hair for a myriad of reasons. Some do it for the look, some do it for social reasons, and others do it for professional reasons. Here are the reasons black women should wear their hair in its natural state…Kinky/Coily/Curly
10. It grows in that way. If your creator meant for you to have straight hair it would be straight. He does not make mistakes ladies.
9. You can do fun and versatile things with your natural black hair. Unlike straight hair, black hair (naturally kinky) can stand straight up, can be braided/twisted into complex designs, can be temporarily straightened without chemicals, and worn in its natural state again the next day. A lot of hair styles are copied from our natural state of hair.
8. It is in style. Natural black hair is more and more acceptable every day. It is just another fashion choice; therefore, there is really no reason to go through great pains to change it. Why? When it is accepted. Just look on t.v., our natural hair is more advertised than permed hair.
7. Straightening chemicals are dangerous. If not applied correctly, it can cause burns, hair damage, and temporary to permanent hair loss.
6. Hair chemicals are really, dangerous. The food and drug administration says, “Hair relaxers and hair dyes are among its top consumer complaint areas. Complaints range from hair breakage to symptoms warranting an emergency room visit”. Also” In February 1994, FDA and the American Cancer Society released an epidemiologic study involving 573,000 women. Researchers found that women who had never used permanent hair dyes showed decreased risk of all fatal cancers combined and of urinary system cancers.
Ex. Watch the movie “Good Hair” by Chris Rock and see what chemicals did to the can of Coke.
5. You never know when it might go wrong. Just like food, allergies show up over time, so do hair chemical allergies. What worked fine two years ago, might cause a bald spot in two years.
4. If it went wrong before, it will very likely happen again. If you had a bad reaction to a perm, such as sores, do not do it again. Nine times out of 10, the chemicals are just as much to blame as the stylist.
3. Pride: Your hair is an identifying symbol of your race. If you are proud of your race, you should also be proud of your hair.
2. The work place cannot discriminate against your hair. There was a time when wearing an Afro, locks or braids, your job could say you were going against the dress code. This is illegal. DO NOT tolerate
1. Time savings: Over time, you will learn to shower, wash your hair and get dressed just like people with straight hair. It is just a matter of time until you find a natural style that works well for you. Trust me, washing your hair in the shower is amazing!
Shop Natural Hair Products by Black Women at whatnaturalslove.com
Many years ago, when I was a member of the popular hair site Naturally Curly, I participated in a discussion thread about what it means to be “naturally curly.” Many black women who posted to the thread commented on the increase in members who were chemically altering their hair with “natural” products such as Naturalaxer and BodiPhier. Those of us, myself included, who wear our Afro-textured hair chemically unaltered attempted to address our beliefs with regards to whether there was a “need” for chemical alteration of tightly curled hair for “manageability,” as well as whether someone who chemically altered their texture could be said to be “naturally curly.”