Wednesday, July 2, 2008

About Me...pt. 1

Hello world,

This is my third time "going natural". It seems like I do this every two years now, but I'm praying and believing that this will be my last time and that I will stay natural for the rest of my life. So, I guess the next important item to address is why am I natural.

I'm natural because:

  1. I believe that it is healthier for not only my hair, but my entire wellness.

  2. I believe that in this post-colonial society that natural black hair is vilified ESPESCIALLY in the black community and that maybe I can be an example of it's beauty.

  3. In that vein, I want black people to see that ANYONE can and SHOULD return to their natural hair no matter their hair type, being as I don't have "good hair". (good hair is defined by those unenlightened in the African Diaspora as hair that is either naturally curly or wavy, i.e. closer to a Eurocentric standard - also known as a "good grade of hair")

  4. I want my son to appreciate and love a black woman with her OWN natural GOD GIVEN hair because the most beautiful and important woman in his life has natural hair (that would be me, his mom).

  5. If I ever have a daughter I want her to be able to wear her own hair "naked and unashamed" because she's seen her mother do it all her life.

Why I've gone back to the relaxer in the past:

  1. Laziness (I was pregnant, couldn't do my own hair, and I thought it would be easier relaxed).

  2. Black Hair Matrix* Re-lapse.

  3. Extreme Nap-Hate from family members, specifically my mom who now has been forced to go natural because the perm ATE UP her hair **.

*The Black Hair Matrix is a term coined by Nappturality Member LaBellatrix to describe the lies that we tell ourselves and each other about black natural hair. I will expound on those lies in later posts.

** Back-story coming in a forth coming post.

P.S. My blog title picture is from my BC in 2006.

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