01/29/2013 08:30 am ET Updated Mar 31, 2013

Natural Hair: Local Black Women Find Support As They Embrace Their Roots

In a conference room in the basement of the Hannaford Suites Hotel in Kenwood, Mae Brazelton of MB Gallery & Beauty Supplies explains natural hair types to a crowd of 20 African-American women, whose ages range from early 20s to 60s.

Some are shorn clean; others have gone for the wild and curly look; a few are sporting afros. One woman has beautifully kept locks down to the middle of her back. The styles are different, but they have come together for one purpose--to celebrate the decision to "go natural."