a hair texture appreciation post

Hey lovelies! Happy Wednesday!

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I was talking to my friend Bre this past weekend about hair and why some Black women feel the need to cover their luxurious crowns with someone else’s flat, lifeless hair, espeeeecially when the weave appears cheap, unkempt and dirty. Bre’s been natural for years, but still visits youtube for inspiration and styling ideas. She came to the conclusion that Black hair, especially the thickest, strongest manes- you know, the ones furthest from the european end of the spectrum- still don’t get enough love or representation. She  read the video comments of women and girls stating that they wish they had looser, “more manageable” curls. TRUTH IS, unless you have no hands, all hair is manageable with the proper education, correct products, styling tools and, of course, a little patience. It’s sad that the looser curl patterns are still getting much of the praise and attention with so many women of all hair textures embracing their natural selves.

So, this post is for us- an appreciation for those beautiful, tight coils that protect us from the sun. That say so much by simply being. Whether a wash and fro, high puff or press, our hair is gorgeous.

This is a mid-week celebration for those of us who strain to spot our luscious, healthy, strong reflections in the media, but don’t let that deter us from blessing whomever is lucky enough to lay eyes.

Your hair is beautiful. So strong. Majestic, fun, unique, resilient and versatile. It’s freedom. It’s life. Nobody can do it like us! NO ONE. And there is nothing more beautiful than a woman confident and wise enough to know that!

Represent, ladies! ❤

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “a hair texture appreciation post

  1. Great post and images! I agree that there is an unhealthy feature of “looser curls” and even big Diana Ross like hair that is discouraging those whose beauty is ignored.

    If black is truly beautiful, then every facet of blackness should be celebrated. Thank you for giving our sisters their shine. 🙂

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  2. So I’ve been doing protective styles since Feb. because last year I went to the salon and got my afro cut in a style. I’ve never regretted a haircut before. I totally regretted this one.
    So, crochet braids it was until my afro came back to normal. Last weekend I took out one style, washed and blew out, saw my length, got so happy, then put in cornrows. This past Monday I had enough. took those out, washed and blew out my hair did the two strand twists and went to bed looking like Angelica’s babydoll (from Rugrats”) and the next day left the house looking like Angela Davis (in my head). I am LOVING MY AFRO…AGAIN!!! My hair almost looks like my profile pic 🙂 yeah buddy! I’m happy!!!

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  3. I wore a Brazilian tracks for almost a year. I removed them to run a marathon, and I had so much new growth. I vowed to never relax my hair again. 2 years later, I am loving my natural hair.
    I rock mine in 2 strand twist most of the time. I still run a lot so wearing it loose makes it tangle.

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  4. I love this! These sisters are killing it! I also love your hair but you already know that 💖

    Ok…Imma be honest. I have a ton of hair and I often wear it loose when I take pictures for instagram and for my WP pics but on any given day I usually wear it back in a old lady bun! LOL!!!

    I be stunting Ms. Kelley! LOL!!!

    Don’t get me wrong, all of my hair is naturally mine but it can be a serious pain in the butt. I’m too old! I have multiple textures going on so that makes it even harder. Also, it does not help that when I do go out with it loose and big, I get a thousand people wanting to touch it and that is a no-no!

    I guess I took my Mama seriously when she said, “Don’t let them pissy tail gals put they hands in your head!” LOL!!!!

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    1. Yes! Thanks so much. And I completely understand; hair can be work, but it’s a beautiful task, no? Well, maybe sometimes. Sometimes not hehe hence why I’m nearly bald. I get the bun. I get the simple down and loose look. As long as you wear it proudly and not as a burden.

      And I agree with Mama! I don’t even like people standing too close ha!

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  5. Our hair being “unmanageable” is a lie told to us by racist white people, more than likely through slavery. They hated our hair and couldn’t care for our hair like they care for their own, so they thought it was unmanageable. It’s extremely false. I wear my own, unprocessed hair and it isn’t unmanageable at all. All the women in this post have very beautiful hair. Thank you for this post!

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    1. You’re absolutely right! Thanks for the spot on comment. We were forced to cover it during slavery because they couldn’t wrap their heads around the beauty of the artwork we could create with our crowns. The thing is, it’s not for them to handle. They literally cannot get a hold on how we can pick it out, loc it up, straighten or keep it braided for weeks and I’m certain it’s maddening for them.

      But again, we’re not here for their consumption or understanding. And you’re so welcome for this post! It my my pleasure putting it together.

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  6. Great post. I’m too lazy when it comes to my hair. I can’t do a fro and it takes a lot of product to get the natural curl pattern out so my fall back is usually a curly weave. But today I am off to get a cornrow up ‘do bun done!😉

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      1. My hair texture won’t do an afro. My washed my hair will do small curls that will frizzzz out as it dries and I have no patience for expensive products. I haven’t relaxed my hair in years so a weave with big waves is how I usually roll. I only do natural looking hair so even fellow sistas look 3 times. But today, I’m sporting a ‘do similar to Janet’s in her Go Deep video. Totally different…😊

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        1. It’s always interesting to hear hair stories. And weave plays such an interesting role in our culture; even with fake hair, we can be so versatile.

          And I know the style you’re talking about! That is my jam and I remember wishing I could’ve been in that video!

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          1. Lol! I had my salon give me cornrows into an up ‘do braided ponytail so that I can place it in a chignon. And the bangs aren’t full but to the side. The only problem is that I’ve developed that young Justin Bieber hair flip ’cause it keeps getting in my eyes. Nothing my own scissors can’t fix though… 🙂 Have a great night!

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  7. “I was talking to my friend Bre this past weekend about hair and why some Black women feel the need to cover their luxurious crowns with someone else’s FLAT, LLIFELESS hair, espeeeecially when the weave appears cheap, unkempt and dirty.” Did I write this?
    This post is AAAAAAAAAA 1!!!!

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