For black and mixed heritage women our hair is our thing - we embrace each follicle like a jewelled crown and for years within our community we have subconsciously chosen to put the relaxer crème and or weave in our locks rather than embracing the uniqueness of our God-Given hair due to the messages shown in the media of what is perceived as beautiful hair and what is not.
However, times are changing and I am now noticing more black and mixed heritage women including myself embracing our ‘African Kinky Coily Hair’ and ‘Wavy Curly Hair’. I think it has been a long time coming for us to show-off the beautiful and exotic textures that we have and let’s face it – we are the only ones that have the type of hair we have - so why run away from it right?
Celebrities such as Salonge Knowles, Janelle Monae, and Tracey Ellis Ross have all been wearing their hair natural for years that is a statement in its own letting themselves and everyone else in society know that we are proud of every kinky, coily, curly and wavy strand.
|Tracey Ellis Ross|
I have been on my natural hair journey over the past 9 months which was after 14 years of relaxing my hair which in fact damages our hair due to the chemicals in relaxers. On August 2nd 2013 - I took out my braids and have been rocking my natural kinks for the last two weeks and it has been new, fun and little hard work as I’ve never had to deal with my natural African hair before but I am enjoying and embracing every moment.
I brought two products by Organics Roots Stimulator called Curls Unleashed – Sulphate Free Shampoo and Leave-In Conditioner for (kinky, coily, curly and wavy hair). Sulphate Free means the product/s does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) which is in many Shampoos and Conditioners that strips off natural oils and causes dryness and irritates the scalp; people who have a sensitive scalp/skin should not use products that contain SLS or any other type of Sulphate.