Natural Hair Movement: The Controversial Anthem

This natural hair movement video carries a powerful message for women who have gone natural or those who are going natural. But Essence Farmer's video is also a bit controversial for some.

Although for the majority of women who viewed the video it's seen as highly-inspirational and it really communicated to them the fact that their natural hair, as well as themselves in totality, are naturally beautiful and MORE than acceptable. Some women had issues with the strong words in the natural hair movement speech.
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Some women who are not interested in going natural have said that they were a bit turned off by the video. One woman said that she feels the naturalista in the video is preaching bias against women who choose not to go natural and in her opinion, that's equal to what "euro-centric society" is doing to black women as a whole. Making them feel not worthy of being seen as beautiful.

Well, I personally liked the message of the video and thought Essence did a great job with her anthem/poem. But I'll admit she does kind of "go in" on women who like to perm their hair and chemically straighten it. Check out the video...

I'll also say that not everybody thinks of women who don't go natural as weak or naive. Some women like what they like and that's it. Tell me what you think, does Essence's natural hair movement poem go to far? Or is she dead on?Let me know what you think below in the comment section.

Natural Hair Helps Cure The Soul....

When we decide to go natural, we are consciously deciding to embrace our natural hair and subconsciously deciding to accept our true selves.

Meaning, we are making the choice to be independent of all external sources of "beauty" by showing the world who we really are and relieving ourselves of permed strands for kinky tresses. We are deciding to let go of the fear of not being accepted and deciding to embrace our true-selves. These are some of the key components of self-love.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I loved the point about how naturals are changing what they look on the outside while transforming what they are inside. It's so true. I've often said to friends that most natural women have a different swag and confidence. That confidence makes them sexier and more fun to be around. True some people will always have an ugly spirit no matter what, but for the most part, naturals are transforming as people in a positive way.
  • It takes true confidence to KNOW you are beautiful and believe that, I want my daughter to feel that type of confidence. Just know that, you are not alone. The world is starting to recognize your beauty, something that's been covered up for too long.
  • Just realize that going natural is more than what is happening on top of your head, it has a lot to do with what's happening inside of your head. Keep going, and know that you have support.It's a beautiful thing.

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Is The Fashion World Warming Up To Natural Hair?

Some of the most-talked-about beauty moments of the season have come via black models whose natural hair has taken center stage.

Dominican newcomer Lineisy Montero stole the show at Prada with her short Afro adorned with a bejeweled barrette, and at Balenciaga, Nykhor Paul, Ajak Deng, Grace Bol, and Mari Agory all wore close-cropped natural hair with Alexander Wang’s demure collection.

Montero brought the style to Céline’s Paris catwalk, where she was joined by fellow model Karly Loyce, who sported a beautiful, larger-than-life ’fro.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

  • In this article, fashion model Lineisy Montero says that the head of her modeling agency actually ENCOURAGED her to go with a natural TWA (teeny weeny afro) for her fashion show, for me this really shows the change in image the natural look is getting.
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  • Social activist Bethann Hardison says that the wearing of weaves and extensions wasn't about trying to be white, but instead it was the model's way of staying in the game and getting jobs. It was a matter of supplying what was demanded, but things are changing.
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  • Montero says that after she went with the natural hair look she got even more jobs and achieved a higher status in the modeling industry within her country.

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Transitioning to Natural Hair: 10 Mistakes To Avoid

When you make a change in lifestyle, you also make sure that you make some changes in your habits, thoughts and overall life choices so that you can get the desired results.

Insanity is described as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I have seen many naturals struggle in their journey because they just can't figure the natural hair thing out.

Some have even gone back to a relaxer because their hair just won't cooperate.

At the same time, many people won't even give the natural hair route a chance because they don't know how other naturalistas do it.

When asked how I manage my hair...

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5 of the 10 Things to STOP doing:

  1. Stop coveting other women's hair.
  2. Stop thinking your natural hair texture is an affliction.
  3. Stop worrying about what people will think of your beauty and hair.
  4. Stop straightening your hair with relaxers.
  5. Stop using heat on your hair.

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4 Black Women Discuss Professional Hairstyles for Natural Hair In The Corporate World

Here’s the deal: Professional hairstyles for natural hair are becoming a very big topic of conversation lately.

With the up-rise of the natural hair movement and the large number of black women working in corporate America, it was bound to become a topic of conversation.

Do you work in corporate America?

Do you have plans to work a corporate job and keep your natural hair?

Well these women do and they talk about the challenges they face, silly questions they answer and the mental strength needed to be comfortable in their own hair when many people are not yet accustomed to seeing it or even understanding it.

Professional hairstyles for natural hair in the corporate world is often a matter of opinion, but when most of those that surround you have opinions based on lack of knowledge or exposure, how would you handle yourself?

That's what makes this video interview about corporate hairstyles for natural hair interesting.

The questions that these women have to face on a daily basis are quite revealing and has caused some to shy away from enjoying their natural hair to the fullest. Check out the video below and let me know in the comment section if you have any ideas of corporate hairstyles for curly hair that you will be rockin' while you're clockin' dollars.





 

Lee's Video Highlights:

  • One of the women expressed her frustration about not being able to just "go to work and do your job" as a natural in corporate America.
  • Although the women are proud to be natural, they do admit that it can be a challenge. Especially when having to answer questions like, "Do you wash your hair everyday?". It's not always comfortable answering a million questions.
  • One of the corporate women was told while going through law school that "You're never going to make it natural", but years later she still is and happy for it.

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Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles Reveal 3 Favorite Moisturizers

Natural black hairstyles are taking over and as more products come out you probably want to use the absolute best. Right?

Good, we've got tips from 50+ expert naturalistas about the best natural hair products on Earth. Some products that you've heard about, others that you will be discovering today.

BlackHairOMG is bringing you a never-been-done-before expert panel interview with some of the most widely-known and successful natural hairstyles experts on Earth.

We heard your concerns after we made the top 50 best-selling hair products for black hairstyles article. You wanted to know about the specific products your favorite natural women had on their cupboards. Well, we are going to give you what you asked for, I guaran-darn-tee you that, we got the best of the best for you.

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We have natural CEOs, popular black hair bloggers, film producers, published authors, star YouTube vloggers and even a couple of scientists! They’re all naturalistas, and all are spilling the beans on the products they use that have helped their natural black hairstyles become inspiration for thousands and thousands of women across the globe(literally)!

Many of these 50 natural hair gurus have been featured in Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, BlackEnterprise.com, Dr.Oz and on The Today Show.

I asked these 50 celebrated naturals an interesting question:

“If you could only use 3 moisturizing hair care products FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, what would they be?”

The question was designed to cut through the fluff and extra stuff and get straight to the best natural hair products. Period.

 

Click Here for the full article and answers from 50+ Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles

 

Our experts include....

Abiola Abrams, Afrobella, Aisha M., Alexandria Williams, Alma Ruddock (BlackHairInformation.com),

AlleySinai, Amber McKinnon, Antonia Opiah, Ariane Williams, AsToldByAllie, Atilola Moronfolu,

Audrey Sivasothy, Cassidy Blackwell, Chimere Norris, Chris-Tia Donaldson(TGIN), Christene Carr,

Christina Patrice, Courtney P., Crystal Michelle, Del Sandeen, DeLaurian Burton, Felicia Walker Benson,

GlamTwinz334, I Am Posh Syd, Imani A.Dawson, Janna Peterson-Waddell, Jenell B Stewart, MS ED,

Jenni J., Jessica Gray, Jocelyn Reneé, Jolie Luvlee, Karen Tappin, Kcurly, Krystle Sims, Lisa Irby, Louisa Kiwana,

Lucindy Lumu, Miko Branch, Miss LaLa, MsJGray, MsVaughnTV, Nicia Alston, NikkiMae2003, RazorEmpress,

Renee Morris, Sista WithRealHair, Tarin Boone, Taylor Bryant, The SistahChick, Vashti Patrick-Joseph,

Victoria Olubi and Who Is Sugar

They went ALL OUT to give you tips for your natural black hairstyles....

 

Click here to read the full interview from our natural hairstyles experts!

An Education On The Natural Hair Movement - Past & Present

I couldn’t see the cold, unfamiliar hands disappear within my thick patch of curls claiming ownership over my head. But I felt them.

Seemingly everywhere I looked — long, straight, luscious hair spilled down the backs of women. Meanwhile, my hair barely kissed my shoulders, and despite my efforts, it wouldn’t grow.natural black hair

I spent the next 10 years attempting to alter and hide the natural texture of my hair. And as each new weave and hairstyle gracefully obscured my natural roots, I felt beautiful.

And I was addicted to the feeling.

I wasn’t alone. Since slavery, African Americans have altered and changed their hair in attempts to mimic whites’ hair.

Today, it can be seen as a personal struggle and a struggle shared by many within the African American community.

Despite changing fads throughout the decades, the Natural Hair Movement, a movement that encourages individuals to wear their natural hair, is becoming popular once again.
I, and many others, are reclaiming the beauty of natural hair.

 


Lee's Article Highlights: This was a really great article, Darrah Perryman gives us her modern day hair journey and the article is loaded with history regarding black hair and society going back to slavery times.

    • In the 1500s, slave traders from Europe captured African slaves, then they cut they slaves hair off as a way of stripping them mentally and physically of their identity and culture.

 

  • Until this article, I had no clue that women could get a migraine from the weight and pulling on the roots that comes with wearing some types of weave. The writer's description of the pain sounds like a nightmare. The worst part is thats it's done in order to hide the natural beauty.

 

 

  • This write-up shows that natural beauty has to be realized before it can be embraced. This realization has been happening in a big way recently.

 

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4 Natural Hair Black Doll Companies That Boost Black Girls' Self-Esteem

Black dolls with curly to kinky natural hair were virtually non-existent when I was growing up.

These days, they are still a challenge to find, but I’ve done some of the homework for you with this post. Here are four places you can purchase a natural hair doll for your niece, daughter, yourself, or another special girl in your life.

 


Lee's Article Highlights: It's extremely important for young black girls to see reflective images of themselves when they are happy and enjoying themselves in free-time activities.

It should be normal to see beautiful representations of black faces and black hair in order to know that it's not only normal, but good, just like everything else that is promoted.

As imperfect humans, we place more value on what have been pushed upon us. I'd rather black parents place beautiful reflections of little black girls in front of their daughters than to promote the status quo standards that have beaten down the very psyche of so many women walking the streets today. Here are your 4 companies to buy black dolls from.

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Natural Hair Movement Hits The Neglectful Hair Care Industry In The Pockets

CEO Jane Carter says she has seen “definite” changes in the hair industry as black women chose to spend money on nurturing their hair rather than disguising it.

Women no longer must bow down to straight hair and the perfection demanded of them in glossy magazines and celebrity culture and are making a statement, she says.

Women that really take a stance like this—whether it is political, or to say “‘I love myself,’—are making the same statement as those who moved forward in the civil rights movement.”teamnatural

She says that only in the last six years has she seen young women decline to relax their hair, making it smoother and silkier.


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • It really is impressive to see the amount of support naturals have given each other through social media channels. Naturals have truly created a self-supporting and empowering beauty movement that is now starting to effect the big hair care companies in the pocket because of the years of neglect.
  •  This one isn't exactly an article highlight, just my thoughts, I'm so proud to be a #teamnatural and #naturalhairmovement supporter. It really is one of the most exciting shifts in the psyche of black women that I've seen in my lifetime, the effects are nothing but positive. As your biggest male cheerleader, I must say, I'm proud of you!
  •  The best selling hair products for naturals are not being bought from the giants who ignored black women for decades.Now that they are losing money because of the movement, I can only think that we'll soon see these same companies who've never put natural hair on display or even tried to make products for kinky textured hair jump on the band wagon in the next couple years. My question is, should you support them when this happens? (Leave a comment below...)

 

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Curly Nikki's "Better Than Good Hair" Book Gets Rave Reviews - 4.5 Stars

The fresh new handbook on how to achieve and maintain stylish natural hair, from one of the savviest and most revered expert on coils and curls

These days there's a revolution going on. A natural hair revolution...

Relaxers are out. Weaves are so yesterday.

Tired of damage from expensive chemical treatments and artificial enhancers, women of color are going natural thanks to many natural hair enthusiasts and supporters, one of these people is Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki.com, the natural hair blogger and online hair therapy expert.

In Better Than Good Hair, this gifted "cblackhairomg - Lee torrey - curly nikkiurl whisperer" educates women on how to transition from relaxed to completely natural hair, with advice and styles for every length—from Fierce Braid-and-Curls to Fancy Faux Buns.

She also counsels those considering the "big chop"—cutting it all off at once to sport a bold and beautiful "teeny weeny afro." Here, too, is essential guidance for parents of mixed-race children dealing with new and unfamiliar hair textures and styles.


Lee's Review Highlights: First off, I love everything about Curly Nikki. She's a beautiful and brilliant businesswoman who cares about her readers. To see her success makes me proud. So when I saw HUNDREDS of amazing reviews for her "Better Than Good Hair" book I was pretty geeked for her. Out of 260+ real person reviews, she only has 4 "haters"(people that gave her book 1 star), most of her readers are loving the book. In my opinion, you get more scientific and in-depth info from "The Science of Black Hair" book from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy but Curly Nikki delivers more entertainment value. I'll share some of the customer reviews below...

5-Star Reviews from real customers... (5 out of 169 comments)

Positive customer review from Places2Love -

  • The Quintessential Kinky/Curly Encyclopedia: Whether you are an inquisitive newly natural beauty or a natural hair expert/goddess looking to give your friends some sound advice, Better Than Good Hair is it! There are great features from Nikki AND many of the hair bloggers and youtubers that the natural experts will be familiar with and the newcomers will glean from. I was discouraged when I first saw the reviews that said this book was just like the website (and I almost did not buy it). But in actuality the layout, conciseness, and illustrations make this a very user-friendly, quickly accessible MANUAL for readers of all ages, transcending just a website that can take hours upon hours to search. Moreover, it should be comforting to the natural hair experts that the quality hair principles you have experimented with and learned by trial and error are encapsulated in one handy reference guide. I just hope updated editions will be printed every few years :-). As a bonus, Kim Wayans adds a hilarious and fitting foreword that makes me wonder when her first book will be coming out because I would buy it!

Positive customer review from Chrishonda Davis -

  • Loved It: I love this book It really breaks down how to care for your natural hair during all stages, not only that, it doesn't ridicule those who prefer to relax or chemically alter their hair. It simply encourages you to take the right steps in caring for your hair no matter how you choose to wear it. Nikki helps you have confidence in your hair and yourself.

 

Positive customer review from SDO "Swtdrk1" -

  • It's Better Than Just a Hair Book: I have been natural for almost 4 years and what I love about this book the most is it is a guide, a source of information. As I was reading it I was nodding in agreement. I was laughing and I was intrigued. Even though I am going on 4 years I can always benefit from things I didn't know or haven't tried and that is what BTGH is for me...information that I don't have to keep in my head. I can simply go back to that section of the book. I had to get my daughter her own copy, because there will be no borrowing. 🙂

 

Positive customer review from Angela P. -

  • Very Informative & Good Read: I've been natural well over 5 years and was able to take away some very good tips from this book. Nikki never disappoints. She has been humble from the beginning and is extremely clear in the book that this is not about her, but about US. I bought 3 copies and plan to buy more just to give away. This is a Godsend for anyone considering to go natural or for anyone who has been natural for years. Not many hair books can accomplish that.

 

Positive customer review from Deborah Houston, TX -

  • Amazing Book: It took me a while to finish this book (not because it's not good) because I'm so busy. However, I finally finished the book and I just have one word AMAZING!! I was on the Curly Nikki forum for 2 years, and reading this book was just like being on the forum but better. I like the way the book was organized, the information provided, and how Nikki used ladies that contributed to the forum to share their natural experiences. I don't know maybe it was just me, but I felt connect to the book and the articles. I have been natural for 3+ years, and the content of this book is still relevant for all of my natural hair care needs!! I only wish it had been around when I BC'ed!! Love you Nikki please keep up the good work!! Deb

 

1- Star Reviews from real customers (2 out of 4 comments)

Negative customer review from Bobby Ray -

  • Don't Waste Your Money: I check this book out from my local library, save your money and do the same.
    All the information in the book can be found on CurlyNikki or any other natural hair blog. The photos & illustrations are in black and white and look cheap and tacky!
    The book covers big chopping, transitioning, 5yrs natural and natural kids but nothing for naturals that are regular folks with medium length strands. The book seem dated to me I wanted color photos of "hair porn" you get none of that.
    Bottom line dont waste your money, honey check it out if need be at your local library!

Negative customer review from Steph -

  • Over-rated: It does not address enough about people with fine hair. Glad I was able to support a black author though. (Author note: Even the Science of Black Hair book got 2 bad reviews out of 400, someone will always complain, that's life so take it for what it is. )

 

(See All of The Reviews for "Better Than Good Hair" Book Here)