What does hair mean to you? What is your relationship with hair like? I went through a journey with my hair many other women can relate to; perms, straightening, the works. I thought straight was good and pretty, so I kept damaging my hair to achieve that look. Eventually, I grew to love my natural hair because I began to see more women with natural hair in media. I felt more comfortable with my own.
My ideas about Black women and our hair have evolved as well. The natural hair movement going on now is incredible, but I have seen some negativity and judgement from the natural hair community towards women who permed their hair and wore weaves which isn’t right. I feel like whatever makes you feel good, is good for you. What to do with your hair is a very personal decision and we should be more supportive of all hair types. We treat our hair like a canvas, and I find that beautiful and inspiring, no matter what the outcome.