Many times I wonder if people see my hair instead of me. If my hair disappeared, would I go along with it? My curls are part of me, but they shouldn't define me, either.
The trend of integration in the natural hair movement may contribute to the erasure of kinky hair textures in the media.
Let's be honest, many people view dreadlocks as "dreadful". I sincerely hope that change is on the horizon. Niyya Tenee, the founder of Locs Revolution, is on a mission to uplift the image of locked hair and as part of that mission she is promoting Loc Appreciation Day on June 28, 2014.
With a big chop, you become a woman with short hair in a world where so much sexuality and femininity lies in length.
From now on, I'm embracing my hair. And you, my curly-haired sisters, should too. Here are 12 reasons having curly hair rocks.
I remember looking in the mirror with the same quiet discontentment, like I didn't measure up. Girls who look at themselves that way tend to limit themselves. I didn't want any girl of mine growing up with a poor self-image.
It was the year of the winged bangs and I was hell-bent on having them. Despite being born with a headful of ringlet curls and living in an oppressively humid climate, I wanted to belong. I was 14, it was the '70s, and a world of adolescent males awaited me. That is, if I could tame my damn hair.
What if she came to me crying and wishing she was born with straight hair. How would I be able to look her in the eye and tell her she is beautiful the way she is while wearing someone else's hair?
"I've worn my curls short(ish), long, highlighted and natural. I've tried gels, mousses, serums and creams."
"My hair was fried, dyed and generally unhealthy after I graduated high school."
Apparently, I'm still growing. Thankfully, some of the crucial insights of adulthood have stuck. But despite my completely idealistic youthful beliefs that I would one day feel entirely grown up, there are still a few things I'm waiting to either let go of or outgrow.
"When I was dissatisfied with myself in any capacity, I would take it out on my hair because it was the easiest target."
"Let's just pretend I'm going for the 'fiery redhead' thing and call it a day."
"I was constantly in pursuit of silky, shiny, blows-in-the-wind, 'white girl' hair."
I had been going to the same salon for 10 years and needed a change, so I made an appointment with the curly hair expert.
It can take ages to choose and refine a hairstyle that suits your face shape, taste and wardrobe, and the mere thought of altering it may cause you to break out in hives. But there are many reasons to consider reevaluating your 'do on a fairly regular basis.