natural hair movement

An Easy Guide To Understanding Why white Girls With Braids =/= Black Girls With Straight Hair or Weaves

1. Weaves aren’t exclusively a Black girl thing (white girls wear weaves, too- SHOCKER).

2. white girls do not have societal expectations to braid their hair. Black girls DO have societal expectations to straighten their hair.

3. white girls are not punished when they wear braids or other ‘ethnic’ hairstyles. Black girls ARE often punished (kicked out of school, fired and/or not even hired for certain jobs AT ALL, etc) when they wear braids or other ‘ethnic’ and/or natural hairstyles.

4. white girls are taught from an early age that they are inherently beautiful, that ‘it’s just hair,’ and that they can do whatever they want with it. Black girls are taught from an early age that their skin and natural hair texture makes them inherently ugly, that long, straight hair will improve their lot in life (from jobs to relationships- it’s certainly not ‘just hair’), and that they must adhere to Eurocentric beauty standards like long, straight hair to be seen as beautiful. When we attempt to ‘do whatever we want’ with it we are often met with insults and derision like, ‘When are you going to do something with that hair?’ (See: BLUE IVY CARTER) The closest white girls come to this are curly-haired girls being told to straighten their hair or control their ‘frizz;’ but even then, their white skin still grants them the privilege of meeting the standard of beauty.

SO STOP COMPARING BLACK GIRLS STRAIGHTENING THEIR HAIR TO WHITE GIRLS WEARING BRAIDS YOU GODDAMNED KINDERGARTNERS.

THIS HAS BEEN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.

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Happy Blackout Day everyone!!!! Since the theme for this blackout is education I decided to take a picture of myself with my GED. School was always a source of stress for me growing up. The constant name calling and teasing that didnt stop ounce I reached highschool was to much for me. So I dropped out and I earned my GED instead. It’s the best decision I ever made for myself.

Meet Maria Borges: The First Model To Rock A Fro In The Victoria Secret Fashion Show

On the Importance of Debuting Her Natural Hair on the Victoria Secret Runway
I’m so happy because they let me keep the natural and the short hair [this year]. I’ll be the only one doing the show with my natural afro!

For me, it is huge! I’m glad I’m doing it, you know? And they chose me to make history. So I’m like–my smile everyday shows every tooth (laughs). This is more than an amazing, I have no words to explain. It’s so good for me and to be able to inspire the other girls everywhere as well!

On Whether She Always Embraced Her Natural Hair as a Model
No. I never [did it before]. Starting February of this year, I cut my hair and I’ve been wearing it like this since. Before, I was using my natural hair mixed with extensions. Black is beautiful! I have to embrace my worth and that’s it! For me I think I look more beautiful with short hair.
I feel sexy, beautiful and powerful. All the good things!

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Throwing no shade on the original creator but…….as black men who are proud of our African culture and heritage make no mistake……………we absolutely without a doubt love and adore black women with natural hair. And when I say black women (no offense to mix race women) I’m talking about black women with a majority of African ancestry. Is there ignorant self hating coon niggas out there who don’t like natural hair….of course but those self hating coons are a very small minority. The problem is about 80% of the black women that black men meet wear weave or perms. It’s to the point where some black men have to be reintroduced to natural hair cause some haven’t seen it in so long. And this is why I encourage my brothers out there to compliment black women you see with natural hair so other women who are unsure can see that yes we strongly prefer natural hair…………the things I love about natural hair are…………… 

1)It’s absolutely beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to look at short or long.

2)Variety of hairstyles. Cornrows, Braid outs, Box braids, Blow outs, Low cut, Faux locs……………ect. ect.

3)We can travel and be spontaneous, workout and swim together without the worry of sweating and getting her hair wet.

4)If we’re relaxing on the couch or being intimate I wanna know that I can touch it…………..with clean hands of course lol

5)I personally love black women who can fully embrace and celebrate their uniqueness which I find extremely sexy and attractive in women.  

6)This is the most important. If the creator blessed us with a daughter I want her hair to match her mothers because that sends a lasting impression that you’re beautiful the way you are.

Shayna Y. Rudd, of Washington, wore a past-her-shoulders weave to have a better shot at the Miss America title. She said an adviser gave her two choices: imitate Beyoncé’s long luscious look or Jada Pinkett Smith’s flowing mane. “I couldn’t be who God wanted me to be,” Ms. Rudd, 24, said ruefully. “I didn’t win. My spirit was crushed.”

She has since sworn off relaxers and extensions; instead, she occasionally presses her tight-curled hair and slicks it into a bun, which is what she did earlier this month when she won the title Miss Black USA. (She bested 28 other contestants, only 3 of whom wore their hair natural.) “Don’t buy into anyone else’s standard, set your own,” Ms. Rudd said.

When I was 7 I was kicked out of class twice for taking down my braids. The teacher said my hair violated code of conduct and my mom spanked me when I got home.
When I was 9 I begged my mom for a “just for me” perm.
When I was 11 I got the perm
When I was 12 my hair burned out, was forced to go back to braids. I thought I was so ugly.
When I was 16 my hair finally passed my collar bones, with very expensive hair treatment and a professional stylist.
When I was 18 I burned my hair in college again. Cut it at Christmas. I immediately bought I weave because I didn’t want to be seen with my natural short hair.
The #naturalhair movement IS about race. It is a movement dedicated to black people with black, kinky hair.