Natural Hair vs. Processed Hair
Ethnic women are transitioning into what seems to be a nationwide phenomena of self-empowerment and confidence using their hair. What seemed to be just another trend with changing times is becoming more and more a movement that will be here to stay. So my question is, what does it really mean to have natural hair versus permed or processed hair?
There's a bit of a disconect for me when women with natural hair talk about their transition from processed hair. I'm not sure if I understand how growing your hair with no added chemicals means your authenticity is enhanced when other things such as make-up, shaving, etc aren't a problem. I do, however, understand that there's a stigma that European-influenced ways of styling are more accepted as opposed to our ethnic roots here in America. If you're taking a stance to oppose the norms and openly express your pride then by all means, more power to you. At the same time, I can't condone the misconception that those with permed or relaxed hair are sub-par ethnic women who aren't taking pride in their heritage. Permed hair, natural hair, no hair, etc....women of color are beautiful and no mistake was made upon your creation. A perm, relaxer, nor locks will change that. I love women who make that statement of pride, but I equally appreciate the woman who feels she can switch it up and still retain her presence as a confident ethnic woman. Uplifting one another and embodying class represents true beauty to me. I love natural hair and what it represents but to the women with permed hair, you are still very much appreciated and if you don't hear it from anyone else, I love you dearly.