At the end of the day, whether you choose to wear gray hair or not, is a personal choice. It shouldn't be judged or categorized. My words won't change the stigmas that society sometimes projects on personal choice. So embrace who you are.
Throughout my hair journey, I wore braids, twists, locs, weaves, relaxed agin, cut it off and relaxed and cut it off again -- all the while loving the freedom of expressing who I was at that point in time in my life.
For many black women, their preference for straight hair is driven by bad childhood memories of being teased and tormented at school about their natural hair, or being made to feel insecure by parents who insisted on the hot comb or hair relaxer.
For many natural women today, self-confidence trumps racial pride and self-discovery takes priority over sisterhood. Convenience, time management, budget and health are on women's long and diverse lists of reasons to go natural.
My mother was my first hair stylist. Like so many African American girls, the experience of our mothers doing our hair in the kitchen is one of our first memories. I can't imagine myself with a head full of curls.
The increase of natural hair awareness is prompting an increase in Black-owned companies catering to natural hair. As a result, companies that once marketed exclusively to relaxed hair are creating new products that cater to natural and curly hair textures.
While it might sound like a throwback to the 60's Black Power era, the tenor of the current natural hair movement is decidedly different. The constant refrain of the current natural hair movement is self-acceptance, freedom, health, and spiritual growth.