Where is the natural hair movement going?
The natural hair movement is sweeping the globe and it seems as if at least 75 percent of the black women I come into contact with are embracing their natural hair. But I often wondered where is it going? Afros were big in the 60s and 70s but quickly faded away, will it happen again this time around? I think the movement is different this time around because it is more of a holistic approach more than a political statement. In the 60s and 70s having an Afro was political statement. I don’t know where it is going but I would hope that it isn’t something my granddaughter will read about, but something she will live.
Is it sustainable?
When I think about the sustainability I truly think if we continue on the same track then 20 years from now it will be the norm just like getting a perm/relaxer was the norm. We have collectively used our buying power to change the haircare industry. The sale of relaxers have gone down 26% since 2013 and is trending to go down by 45% by 2019.
Are we our hair?
I don’t think we are our hair, I merely think our hair represents our genetic, ancestry and our fashion sense. What I think our hair says about us it that we are comfortable with ourselves in our purest form, however that doesn’t mean that a person who has relaxed or colored hair isn’t comfortable with themselves. It merely means that we are deviating from societal norms, ideas and ideals and is saying this is who I am. Whether I’m the pink hair girl or the woman who rocks her awesome twist out or even the woman who did a big chop and loving it, society has told us we cannot be different.
Should our hair be seen as a social and political statement?
In the past out hair was seem as a political statement and even the federal government had polices that forbids us from being in the natural state. However, it our hair and the natural hair movement is a political and social statement, what do we intend to gain from it? I think wearing your hair in its natural state is making a social statement, one in which we are saying we are not what you want us to be.
India Arie said it best “I am not My Hair” powerful words.