THERE ARE MANY FOLKS OUT THERE THAT THINK NATURAL HAIR IS FAB BUT ONLY FOR LADIES WHO HAVE A CERTAIN TEXTURE OF HAIR. YA KNOW, IF IT’S CURLY AND FINE IT’S COOL BUT IF IT’S KINKY AND “NAPPY” IT’S A NO GO. I’VE HAD MANY CONVOS WITH PEOPLE WHO SAY, “NATURAL AIN’T FOR EVERYBODY!”. THIS TRANSLATES TO “BLACK WOMEN SHOULDN’T WEAR THIER HAIR IN IT’S NATURAL STATE IF IT’S TOO NAPPY”. WHY ISN’T NATURAL HAIR APPROPRIATE FOR EVERY BLACK PERSON OR INDIVIDUAL IN GENERAL? HOW CAN SOMEONE SAY ONE OF YOUR ETHNIC ATTRIBUTES ISN’T A GOOD LOOK FOR YOU OR ANY PERSON OF THE SAME RACE? I LOOK AT IT AS BEING NO DIFFERENT FROM TELLING AN ASIAN PERSON THEIR EPICANTHIC FOLDS (SLANTED EYES) DON’T LOOK GOOD ON THEM. “GIRL, I KNOW YOU’RE ASAIN AND EVERYTHING BUT YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE EYES”….SOUNDS STUPID RIGHT? WE ALL HAVE FEATURES THAT ARE A CLEAR REFLECTION OF OUR ETHNIC BACKGROUND AND TO SUGGEST THAT SOMEONE DOESN’T “LOOK GOOD” WITH A PARTICLE ATTRIBUTE IS IGNORANT AND RUDE IN MY OPINION. GOD CREATED EVERY RACE TO BE DIFFERENT. NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE ASHAMED OF WHAT WAS GIVEN TO THEM AT BIRTH OR FEEL LIKE THEY SHOULD CHANGE IT THROUGH CHEMICAL MEANS OR SURGERY. EVERY RACE FEELS THE PRESSURE OF FITTING INTO THE EUROPEAN STANDARD OF BEAUTY. WE MUST STAY FULLY AWARE OF THIS AND NOT SUCCUMB TO THE PRESSURE THAT SOCIETY PLACES ON US. EVERYONE MUST REDEFINE BEAUTY FOR THEMSELVES. WE’RE BLACK, SO OUR HAIR, BODIES AND FACIAL FEATURES ARE DIFFERENT AND PRETTY BOMB IF I SAY SO MYSELF.  SO THE NEXT TIME I HEAR SOMEONE SAY NATURAL HAIR AIN’T FOR EVERYBODY I’LL RESPOND, “WHY ISN’T HER NATURAL, KINKY HAIR FOR HER; SHE IS BLACK RIGHT?”

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WHEN YOU EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL HAIR YOU’RE EMBRACING YOURSELF AND YOUR PEOPLE.

SPRING 2012-BRAID OUT WITH LARGE BRAIDS

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