If you asked me 10 years ago if I would consider not using a relaxer on my hair anymore I would look at you as if you had 10 heads. The thought of having to comb through “new growth”, frizzed out edges and not having silky straight hair scared the living daylights out of me. It was my security blanket. Silky straight hair helped me to fit in when I was a little girl. I thought it was the best thing since hot combing/pressing my hair Remember those days?
However, since becoming a naturalista about 5 years ago, I have to say that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE everything about natural hair! Everything from locs, teenie weenie afros (twa’s), braid-outs, twist-outs, kinks, coils or curls are being showcased online via social networking sites. Need more hairspiration? Head on over to YouTube for DIY & How To videos from any of your favorite natural hair vloggers for even more hairspiration. The abundant variety of vloggers and videos was not available when I was first started transitioning. Now we all have the resources we may need at our fingertips/keyboards to begin our journey! It’s so refreshing to see a wide variety of looks and styles on such a diverse group of women. The thing I love most about this movement is how much we are willing and able to help one another. If you are having difficulty in finding products for your hair type just post a selfie with some natural hair hashtags & an inquiring caption. I guarantee you will receive a flood of suggestions and answers to your post.
We’ve even got the mainstream companies such as Pantene, Dove, Herbal Essence & Suave to join the natural hair movement! Remember back in the day when we couldn’t use any of these lines due to our hair type. Now, many have either released product lines that are dedicated to black hair care/natural hair care or added ingredients to their existing products that black women/naturalistas seek out such as shea butter, jojoba, honey, aloe vera, olive oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, avocado and the list goes on and on. Not to mention, you can make many of these products in your kitchen using all of the ingredients mentioned for much cheaper (S/O to my fellow “Kitchenistas”!).
Naturalistas are now being showcased more on television, movies, social media, fashion, etc. Even the natural hair kids are getting a piece of the action! Check out magazine ads for H&M, Carters, Gap, etc. You’ll see at least 2-3 natural hair kids per age group showcased in their spreads.
Let’s not forget ladies, our hair also reflects our physical health. Eating a well-balanced healthy diet and drinking plenty of water goes hand in hand with a healthy mane. My motto, “Health over Wealth–Strength over Length!”. With bloggers like “Hey Fran Hey” aka Francheska Medina, who stress the importance of healthy living along with healthy hair maintenance, a new movement is starting to spring. More naturalistas are aiming for vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free/paleolithic & natural lifestyles while incorporating more physical activity into their daily regimen.
What about the new naturalista moms? As a new mom myself, I am seeing more women (including myself) gear towards natural parenting. Whether it be breastfeeding, making our own baby food, cloth diapers and co-sleeping, these topics and so much more are buzzing within the natural hair community. Mom’s such as “Maria_Antoinette” aka Maria Antoinette & “Floridanatural83” aka Amber Razmus Bailey (Check them out on Instagram and YouTube!) offer very thorough and supportive advice on natural parenting.
The Natural Hair Movement has unintentionally sparked healthy living and natural parenting lifestyles amongst many of us. It would also be safe to say that this movement is more so a lifestyle that it here to stay.
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