Hair is an attraction to the eye. It adorns our bodies and allows us to express ourselves through the freedom of self expression. How important it is for Ethnic women to embrace our natural texture. I am so excited to give a professional perspective ant the opportunity to share and learn from each other topics pertaining to hair and beauty.
Let’s begin a discussion about why our natural hair is such a conversational piece. It is so amazing that something as natural as hair can be the most controversial discussion in the work place. Why is that? To begin Black women have not taken ownership to the natural beauty we pose inside so we spend days, hours and lots of money searching for the person we are not and avoiding who we really are. We grew up in the after math of Madam CJ Walker, who was such a phenomenon entrepreneur, and the first female self made millionaire. Her passion for educating women of color about skincare and hair care created her wealth and awareness in our history.
Knowledge is power. Once we have a better understanding of our hair and its many textures, then we are more equipped mentally to take a natural hair journey. With the negative comments or strange looks our journey can be easily derailed. Words can make or break a person and their self worth .Choose your words accordingly, If Kinky makes you feel like your hair should feel like bobwire then try another word. If Nappy makes you feel like small balls are aligning your edges then feel free to choose a word more appealing to you and your mindset. Just know that our ethnic ity has blessed us with such beautiful textured hair that is extremely versatile. We have the option of wearing in its natural curly state or blown out to wear it as straight as we like. My advice is natural hair is just that, natural hairs now to carry it over you have to go through a total transformation of how you think and feel about yourself. Our hair is just a short portion of the journey; the distance is accepting ourselves for who we really are not overly concerned by what other thing of us. You have to have a posture of positivity, assertiveness and confidence in your beauty. The professional cannot give you that but; having dialogue with other Sisters who have traveled the path or are currently on the journey with you can gain insight and mental support to finish the journey to the end. Accepting the truth about who we are and how we are accepted in society. Although the journey starts with the hair it often times end with a self renewing spirit and love for the person that they have come to accept and that’s the ME in the mirror..
Now that we have exposed the true essence of what it takes to embrace our natural. Let’s get back to loving who we are for the right reason. The “Me” in you is unique and divinely fabulous. I am so empowered about the inspiration I gain from women that have made the decision to reclaim the natural beauty they have abandoned for so long. Now scroll down to give us your thoughts, comments or questions – You can even post your photo of your natural tresses in the workplace.