Afro-Textured Hair IS Good Hair

“I wish I had good hair,” is what I used to say before I fully fell in love with everything about myself, hair included.

Growing up, many Black girls like me are conditioned to believe that our hair is not good unless it’s 1) long and 2) straight. Perms/relaxers were the cure to “nappy” hair. If your hair was anything outside of the norm, it was considered unkept. Being natural wasn’t even a thing like it is today, so rocking an afro definitely wasn’t encouraged.

Now that I think about it, I am completely disgusted with myself for believing in these ideologies, which led me saying things like, “I wish I was mixed so I could have good hair” and “I’m going to marry a white man so my kids can have good hair.”

What if society fetishized afro-textured hair as much as it fetishizes mixed-raced hair? I mean, everybody always loves Becky with the good hair. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my sistas with the afros.

Mainstream media contributes to this lack of love for afro-textured hair. It’s underrepresented and isn’t considered as beautiful as softer, curlier textures. Even people I know personally have this false ideology of what good hair is supposed to look like.

It’s time that we change the idea of what it means to have “good hair.” Black women have good hair. I have good hair. Afro-textured hair IS good hair. I had to stop and question…I don’t have good hair? According to what? The media? Pop culture? Men that drool over these Instagram honeys who are biracial with long, curly hair?

Caring for your hair, loving your hair, and keeping your hair healthy is what should constitute as having good hair. As Maya Payne Smart said in her article, “This Is How You Learn to Love Your Hair, your hair should “reflect great self-awareness, self-confidence and vision. Always remember who gave you that head of hair–your parents, your ancestors, your Creator. Then care for it like the inheritance it is.”

It’s time that we forget everything we were told about Black hair, and restructure our thinking to be more inclusive to all hair types, and realizing that mix-raced hair isn’t the only type of good hair. And for that reason, I rock my afro with dignity, confidence, pride, and love.

Come Again: Vogue Says North West Inspired Natural Hair

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[Credit: Mstarz]
By Sydney B.

I think someone may have slipped and bumped their head if they thought that North West was the inspiration behind natural hair.

Vogue Magazine sure did a number with this one!

In their recent issue, the magazine featured Kanye and Kim Kardashian-West’s beautiful baby girl North West calling her the inspiration behind natural hair.

“The awe these baby hairs inspired in the fashion world was rivaled by another very famous set of curls: the scraped-back and artfully sculpted tendrils of mini It girl North West,” Vogue says.

The magazine also claims that her family has built her to be “a kind of hair icon for a nascent and diverse generation of tots rocking their natural curls with unprecedented flair.”

Did Vogue have it all wrong?

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[Credit: Genius]
Well maybe…of course her curls are always bouncy, beautiful, and edgy to match her fly, but calling her a natural hair inspiration I would have to object!

Since we’re talking about babies, take a look a Baby Blue, she’s been rocking the natural hair look since she was born. We all know she has because at one point she was trending all over social media because of her hair…can you say true inspiration?

Whether she’s dressed in something comfortable or in a fancy dress, Blue Ivy has been scoring tens across the board as she flaunts her natural hair.

But how do you choose a baby over generations of women who’ve really been making a staple in the natural hair industry?

Since the issue released Vogue has received many disapproving comments from many fans and readers:

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Who do you think is a perfect candidate to be the face of the natural hair campaign?