Some say hair is just hair, and for the most part, it is. but for women of colour, it symbolises much more to rock your natural hair, especially in the corporate sect. It symbolises freedom inner peace and taking a stand for the beauty we were born with. ~ someone
Did you know that our ancestors used different hairstyles to convey messages to the “gods”?
In the Yoruba culture in West Africa, people braided their hair to send message to the gods. Because hair is the most elevated part of the body it was considered a portal for spirits to pass through to the soul.
Because of the Spiritual importance of hair for Africans, the practice of involuntary shaving during the slave trade error was in itself a dehumanising act. The shaved head was the first step the European took to erase the slave’s culture and the relationship between the African and his or her hair.~ My source
While researching on this I learned that what the majority of us refer to as “Natural Hair” is Afro-textured hair. Because that curly soft Hair on an Indians head is also natural. (Or was it just me)
Did you know that conrows were given its name by slaves who thought the style resembled rows of corn in the field?
It took us a while but am glad that the African is increasingly embracing his/her natural hair. Black women are seeking to be healthier by putting fewer chemical product on their hair. On social media, there is an uprising of Natural youtube channels and blogs. We are finally embracing not only our natural hair but skin and being, slowly getting rooted to our origin and purpose.
I recently went Natural and this is my story;
There was a time when being beautiful depended so much on how I looked on the outside,
All the glam and make up was to make me feel beautiful. I was never extra or the trendy type. But not being able to step out because I didn’t have lipstick or because my hair was natural was a trap. I would feel ugly on those days. My confidence came from how I looked on the outside. If the drip and hair was on point, then I was on point. But that was so exhausting.
After soul searching and getting on the road of purposeful living I cut my hair. (The chemical treated hair) And started a fresh.
I don’t want to bore you with the details and all, but going natural helped me embrace who I am. I found purpose. Bad hair day or good hair day because am Natural am beautiful.
The joy in my heart for coming this far is beyond me. It’s the end of the fashion and culture week and we’ve got only 3 days left to end the challenge. It has been a rollercoaster of events, sleepless nights, long evenings but I will do this again anytime.
Enjoy your weekend, I’ll be back next week and we shall be telling stories no theme and getting this party lit. Jesus loves you.
Be kind, be humble, spread love.