And it’s true, some sistas do behave as if it should be against the law or against someone’s religion to use certain products.
Protective Styling or an “Excuse”? Girrrl...
The other day I even heard a woman say that some naturals use the term “protective styling” as an excuse to wear "fake hair".
I thought that was ridiculous:
Because it was as if This woman was saying that other grown women actually needed an excuse to wear a product that they buy with their own money.
That was messed up and super judgmental.
And although we don't encourage the use of chemical relaxers because of health problems that it could bring. I want you to check her video out and tell me below if you agree with her sentiments.
Watch Vid To Hear Her Spill The Tea...
Conclusion: She's Right...
I do understand EfikZara’s frustration with having so many outside voices telling other people what they should do with their own hair.
So look: As with any movement or group of people moving in the same direction you will always have your extremist.
People who think that everyone else should do things EXACTLY as they do.
Hopefully, sistas like EfikZara won't allow others to discourage them and knock them off their square.
And honestly, I hope more YouTube natural hair vloggers begin to speak out about a lot of the double standards that there are in the natural hair community, especially against darker skin women, type 4 hair and short hair.
This braid out on 4c hair is FIRE and just like we do on the Instagram account, we are highlighting another sister who might not be well known, but she sure can show you and me a super-cute and tasteful hairstyling idea!
Her name is Teanna and she has true 4c hair, and she shows us how to do a quick and gorgeous braid-out for her 4C FRO hair, she let the braids sit overnight and POW. She had it goin' on the next morning, cute makeup and all!
It's a delicious look for ladies who are looking for a great date-night look!
True 4C Representation - Super-Cute Results! Braid Out 4C Hair
Teanna's channel is not one of the major YT spots just yet, but I love that she is representative of the true 4c hair that often is not easy to find great tutorials for.
Y'all already know, so often Youtubers put 4c in the title, like "Braid out 4C hair" and then you get to the video and they don't even have the goods! Like, what the...what?
We all watch different hair types anyway, you can learn SOMETHING from almost ANYBODY.
But don't have me coming over there with my hopes all up for some bulljive*, lol.
( *Bull Jive: Childhood word me and my best friend made up so we didn't get smacked in the mouth by my our parents for cursing... It stuck we us til adulthood, LOLOL!!)
But no worries 4c's, Teanna has the good stuff, her 4C hair was shrunk up, she was irritated and even needed a break in the middle of braiding her luscious, lol.
The braid out 4c hair results were worth it! You're gonna LOVE this thick, luscious and healthy braidout afro that easily puts beauty and reality of 4c hair on display for the world to see!
New Afro Technique | 4c TWA Styling Vid
Products used in this braid out 4C hair tutorial were:
Perming and It's AFTER-EFFECTS of SCAB HAIR when Transitioning
According to the scalp specialist, one major way that perms and other relaxers may have an effect on your scalp can be heard in the natural hair community's debates about the myth or reality of "scab hair". Since it's impossible to form an actually scab on hair follicles we'll refer to it as "transitional hair".
Transitional hair is a phenomenon that many new naturals experience just after their Big Chop, and it is defined as a combination of dry, wiry and semi-straight natural hair that does not have a defined curl or coil pattern, even with the best curl defining products.
This transitional hair (aka "scab hair") is usually isolated to the first few inches of new growth that emerges after you've stopped relaxing with chemicals. Nobody knows for sure what the cause is for these changes to your hair - but there are some really good theories and we'll talk about it right now.
How to Change Hair Follicle Shape - Follicle Shape Change Theory
According to the "Follicle Shape-Change Theory", extra-dry, unpredictable transitional hair is caused by actual physical changes to the hair follicles' structure as a result of the long-term use of chemical relaxers, this causes many natural-haired Black women with newly big chopped kinky hair to wonder how to change hair follicle shape.
Don't worry though, if you're new to going natural, you should know tha transitional hair is a temporary newly natural hair situation that is usually resolved as your healing hair follicle heal up and the hair grows and settles into its permanent natural arrangement.
Some naturals are convinced that "scab hair" is a hair care industry myth or that it's something that was dreamed up by new naturals and transitioners to explain away their unwanted hair textures.
But for those who feel they have experienced "scab hair" or transitional hair themselves, but scab hair is all too real. But, since there's no specific scientific research to prove or disprove that transitional hair exists, theories are all we have to work with at the moment. It is easy to see what newly natural women are going through though. This is not imagined or paranoia.
Natural Black Kinky Hair Photo Gallery - (Scab Hair Article)
The scab hair & how to change hair follicle shape information we learned and spoke about in this article is from The Science of Transitioning: A Complete Guide to Hair Care for Transitioners and New Naturals, learn everything you need about scab hair and how to change hair follicle shape, the newly natural hair book is instantly available at Amazon HERE: https://amzn.to/2L5qZ9b
When it comes to protective hairstyles, box braids are a classic! Not only are they a statement-making hairstyle, they are affordable and low maintenance.
Box braids and twists are perfect as they will allow you to play around with size, length, texture and color.
Actress Tasha Smith with gorgeous faux locs
Faux locs (or goddess braids) are ALWAYS a show-stopper type of style. As the name suggests, faux locs resemble dreadlocks but they give you the look, not to mention the length, without the years of commitment.
Faux locs are also a great way to keep a bit of tropical inspiration with you as you go through the cold months. They'll have you feeling like you're in Jamaica walking along the beach with jerk chicken and oxtails Bumbaclottin'! LOL!
Actress Lupita Nyong’o with cornrows
Cornrows can be the simplest of the protective hairstyles but that isn’t to say they can’t be versatile and creative. Cornrows are the easiest to pair with other styles. So you can protective style your hair with cornrows and still wear a wig in that final week when the hair is in its ripest stage.
Or add a puff or ponytail (depending on your hair’s texture). Cornrows can be dressed up or down, it all depends on what you want to do.
Wigs are versatile
There’s no better time to wear a wig than in winter. Wigs can be the main act of your protective styling or it can act as a change-up from your other style.
The thing to remember when using wigs as your protective style is that you will still have to take the step of braiding your hair under the wig – be it cornrows or another style.
Bob Cut Braids
Say goodbye to heavy braid top knots
The bob cut braids are a classic yet edgy 1990s throwback hairstyle that all your style icons and idols from the 1990s had. Bob cut braids are a perfect protective hairstyle for someone who has grown tired of box braids and is looking to try something new.
The Sho Madjozi
All your nieces have probably had this style in recent time and there’s no denying its relevance. Both playful and cute, this style is where cornrows meet braids and it can be versatile in execution.
As long as you take care of the hair beneath your protective style and keep an eye on your hairline, you will thank yourself for protective styling during the cold months come summer.
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Regis and Kahran are a Husband/wife dynamic duo in Atlanta, GA who specialize in lifestyle and children's photography at CreativeSoul Photography. And they are AMAZING AT IT.
They bring their Afrocentric, artistic visions to the forefront in ways many photographers could only dream of.
Their AfroArt series is both visually inspiring and uplifting.
They captured the true essence and beauty of natural-haired Black girls and boys. What was their motivation?
They wanted for more young Black girls to be exposed to more positive and beautiful images of themselves and their natural hair in media and online.
When you see the work of Regis and Kahran, you'll surely agree that they have created and captured a spectacular display of Black Girl Magic that would make any person of African descent smile.
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The stunning images feature the young girls as the SLAY in elaborate costuming and creatively scintillating natural hairstyles.
A Mission To Accomplish
“We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media,” said Kahran. “Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not ‘good enough’ and often forces kids to have low self-esteem.”
Seeing that such feelings are common among children who are not represented, the couple fights against these negative feelings by showcasing Black kids whose elegance and regality prove all too well that they love how they look.
One of the things that is so impressive about these hairstyle images is the wide range of styles, they truly capture the versatility and flair of afro-hair.
Going Out Of Their Way For Black Beauty
The Series of AfroArt came together from CreativeSoul Photo’s travels. The couple worked on these series in various U.S. states (California, Georgia, New York, Texas, Georgia).
Every state that they visited, they created a different theme and came up with clothing pieces and accessories that went with that theme.
And truly, the way they arranged these different looks ON THE SPOT, just shows that Hollywood still doesn't have all the talent that exists out in the skreetz, ha.
On set, they literally just styled everything on the fly and worked with their hairstylist to create unique looks for each kid model.
Like.... Who knows how to do something THIS unique and GORGEOUS, ON...THE...FLY? We are wonderfully made!
So take a look at how their vision of brilliant Black beauty on children with natural hair turned out.
And you might want to contact them at their website if you ever need real PROFESSIONAL photographers who understand how to milk all the magic out of that melanin and put it on display for the world to see!
This video is a FIRE-STARTER huuuuneeey! Still though, I agree with most of it and I know that "DSFAVORS" is coming from a good place.
She did a GREAT JOB of exposing the "natural hair gurus" for some of the things she's noticed that need to be addressed. I aint mad at the sister...
First off, her hair is TO DIE FOR and she can see through the BULL. We need to value these kinds of women. They see the useless tips and call them out.
VIDEO: Exposing Today's "Natural Hair Gurus"
This gorgeous sister created this eye-opening video to make you aware of some of the foolery that's out here in some of these videos that we're watching. Take a look...
Advice for the new naturals, look... You need to figure out what works for you....
You don't have to try every technique that they come out with and PLEASE don't believe the hype. We need to use our common sense because some of these ideas and routines are SO absurd, I can't even believe ANYONE is believing these fake-info videos that SOME (naming no names) are creating. Straight deception.
Girrrrrrrl, Teyana Taylor has been doing the media circuit in New York to promote her new show that she will be featuring in along with her husband, Iman Shumpert, and their adorable baby girl.
You see her blonde hair color and cut though?!?!
This woman's hair and style is FIERCE! She gonna have me grabbing some scissors in a minute if she don't stop playin' with my dang emotions, lol.
Everybody knows that Teyana Taylor used to have a head full of lusciously long hair, she would often give love and credit to Mane Choice hair vitamins, and maybe when/if she decides to grow her hair back, that will be her secret weapon again. But for now.... Honeeeeeey, she is ROCKIN' THE MESS outta that cut.
The crazy part is that I've NEVER been a fan of the blonde hair dye on black women, bit just never looked right TO ME (don't bite my head off for my humble opinion), but girrrrl, Teyana is changing my mind. At least she's changed my mind for how it fits her.
I will post a few pics below in the gallery so that you can see what I'm talking about.
Could You Rock This Blond Bombshell Look? Would You?
So now, I wanna hear from you in the comment section below. Could you pull this look off? Would you cut your hair to try this look? Or is this a "Hollywood" look that isn't practical for the normal person out here in the skreets?
Yes, I said "skreets". Don't Judge me...
Anyway y'all... Keep an eye out for her new show coming out soon called "Teyana & Iman", it's on VH1, so we're just gonna have to pray that the show aint super-ratchet. Lord knows I can't mess with none of the "Love & Hip Hop" shows no more. Girl, I feel like I'm disrespecting my ancestors watching that foolery, lol.
Hopefully Teyana's new show will help show a beautiful example of REAL Black love, family and positivity.
Like Drake says, "WE GON' SEE!"
So check out her SUPER CUTE photos that we captured from various interviews, the photo gallery below has them all and even a cute pic from when her hair was super long and full and she was reppin'for Mane Choice Hair Growth Pills.
[Photo Gallery] Teyana Taylor - Short Haircuts For Black Women
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WARNING! Guard your ovaries guurrrrl, cause I promise you that you're gonna want to have more kids after seeing these adorable lil' hair models and you'll also get some very cute hairstyle ideas for the little ones that are already in your life!
Stylin' in everything from afro puffs to advanced cornrow designs to the CUTEST braided styles, these natural hairstyles for kids are the perfect complement for these precious little faces and gorgeous smiles. When it comes to our little princesses, as mothers, we always want them stepping out in style and hair “poppin'”.
In our photo gallery below you will find beautiful hairstyle creations that can inspire your creative side to invent your child’s next hairstyle.
Some of these hairstyles are very easy to duplicate and do yourself, while some of the others are more intricate and you just might need to holla at a professional hair dresser so that they can hook your kid up RIGHT. So you may wanna get your hairstylist number ready, because I'm sure you will be inspired by all this cuteness!
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What’s your hair type? Are you a 3b or 4A hair type? Something different??
Andre Walker’s hair typing system uses a combination of numbers and letters to describe various hair textures. The system ranges from straight hair, classified as 1c to hair that is extremely kinky 4c hair that does not appear to curl without manipulation by styling in twist-outs or braid-outs for definition.
It is important to note that the system is not a method created to classify hair according to race. Anyone can have naturally bone-straight hair or kinky hair. The system classifies hair for people of all ethnicities. On his website, he writes that people should make peace with their hair. Just keep in mind, that he also suggests that people with extremely kinky hair use a straightener, chemical relaxer or a texturizer to manage their hair.
People use Walker’s hair classifications to describe their hair to others, and the system can also help users understand which techniques and products they could use to take care of their hair. For example, Walker recommends that specific types of hair receive more moisture. He has said that kinkier hair types, specifically the 4 range, are particularly fragile.
How you choose to use the classification, or whether you use it at all is up to you.
Now look, we recognize that the system created by Andre Walker (Oprah's stylist) is popular and so we talk about it. This doesn’t mean that Andre Walker’s system is necessarily the best or most accurate.
Disclaimer: It’s very easy to incorrectly determine your hair type if you only look at the pictorial representations that have been provided. Please don’t rule out a particular hair type simply because your hair doesn’t look like the pictures below.
Andre Walker's Hair Typing System
Andre Walker is famously known for creating a hair typing system or infamously known depending on your perspective. Andre reveals his hair typing system in a book titled Andre Talks Hair!
Andre makes it very clear in his book that everyone has good hair regardless of ethnicity. He was hoping to immediately debunk the often ridiculous good hair vs. bad hair debate prior to diving into a discussion about hair typing.
Even if you have a negative opinion of Andre Walker, I encourage you to read the book yourself and develop your own opinion of his hair typing system in Andre Talks Hair!. Andre’s system isn’t communicated accurately on many popular blogs that have written articles about the system. Having said that, let’s discuss the hair types defined in Andre Talks Hair!
Type 4: Kinky Hair
Type 4 Kinky Hair: Type 4 is “kinky” or more appropriately full of tight coils (tightly curled hair). Typically, Type 4 hair is also extremely wiry and fragile. Often times, it appears to be coarse, but it is actually really very fine, with several thin hair strands densely packed together. Note that type 4 hair is one the most common hair types found in black hair (African American hair).
Type 4A hair is full of tight coils. It has an “S” pattern when stretched, much like Type 3 curly hair.
Type 4B hair has a less defined pattern of curls and looks more like a “Z” as the hair bends with very sharp angles.
Type 4C hair isn’t a part of the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Please see the “what’s missing” section below for more information.
Type 3: Curly Hair
Type 3 Curly Hair: Curly hair textures have a definite “S” shaped curl pattern. Since the cuticle doesn’t lay flat, you will notice that curly hair isn’t nearly as shiny as Type 1 (straight hair) or Type 2 (wavy hair) hair types.
Type 3A hair is very shiny and loose.
Type 3B hair has a medium amount curls, ranging from bouncy ringlets (spiral like curls of hair) to tight corkscrews (spiral-shaped corkscrew curls).
Type 3C hair isn’t a part of the Andre Walker Hair Typing System. Please see the “what’s missing” section below for more information.
Type 2: Wavy Hair
Type 2 Wavy Hair: Type 2 is wavy hair that usually isn’t overly oily or very dry. The thought is that Type 2 hair falls right in the middle of Type 1 and Type 3.
Type 2A hair is fine and thin. It is relatively easy to handle from a styling perspective because it can easily be straightened or curled.
Type 2B hair characteristically has waves that tend to adhere to the shape of your head.
Type 2C hair will frizz easily and it is fairly coarse.
Type 1: Straight Hair
Type 1 Straight Hair: Generally speaking Type 1 hair is straight; this hair type into three very specific segments – Type 1A, Type 1B, and Type 1C.
Type 1A hair is described as fine, very thin and soft with a noticeable shine.
Type 1B hair is medium-textured and has more body than Type 1A hair.
Type 1C hair is the most resistant to curly styling and relatively coarse compared to other Type 1 hair types.
What’s Missing? Now, Let’s Discuss Hair Type 3C and Type 4C
You’ll notice that Type 3C and Type 4C hair types aren’t mentioned in the discussion above, that’s because they were not included in the original Andre Walker system.
Type 3C was created after Andre Walker released his hair typing system by a community member at NaturallyCurly.com. The prevailing thought was that the original hair typing system left this hair type out. Consequently, Type 3C hair has been defined as tight curls or coils that look like corkscrews.
Type 4C, like Type 3C, isn’t an actual hair type according to Andre Walker’s Hair System. His comments are actually very simple regarding Type 4 (Kinky) hair – if you can see a definite curl pattern, then you have Type 4A hair. If you can’t identify a defined, specific curl pattern, then your hair type is 4B. I would imagine that the Type 4C hair type was created by a member within the natural hair community – just like the Type 3C hair type.
Hair-Type Tutorial from Breanna Rutter
The Case AGAINST Hair-Typing [Video]
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Pierre Jean-Louis is a super-talented visionary and artist based in New York and Philadelphia who describes himself as...
"I'm just an artist with no plan B... Cause either I succeed at this or die trying."
Pierre has built up huge social media following on Instagram as a result of his unique works. Jean-Louis paints breath-taking images of the universe and nature onto images of black women’s natural hair that are truly fascinating.
His intricate works feature stars, fire, flowers, vines, and even solar systems, all seamlessly woven into the gorgeous kinks and curls of black hair. ( For a tutorial on making your own hair growth pills CLICK HERE.)
When a natural-haired woman from Marietta, Georgia made her appointment at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon, she assumed that the "blow out" hairstyle that she’d asked for would consist of a simple shampooing, conditioning, and of course, blow drying. When she first left the salon she was happy, but 3 days later, she noticed something weird when she washed her hair so that she could put into twists.
But for some strange reason, her luscious hair refused to curl as it ALWAYS DID and she noticed that large sections of her hair appeared to be unusually straight. When she called the hair salon to ask what IN THE WORLD they had done to her hair, they told her that they'd put chemical perm relaxer in her shampoo without her knowing about it!
As anyone with naturally curly, kinky hair black woman will tell to you, using any amount of chemical relaxer isn’t something that you do casually as if trying a new hair spritz or something. The active ingredients in most relaxers are alkaline chemicals like lye or ammonium sulfate that have a pH somewhere between 10 and 14. The hair damaging properties of these substances break down hair’s protein structure. Cases in which relaxer is left in for too long can result in severely damaged hair and burning of the scalp.
According to the woman, a representative from the salon informed her that it was standard procedure to mix a small amount of relaxer into the shampoo used for people with natural hair and that it wasn’t cause for concern. Lisbeth Dominican Hair Salon, which the woman also called out in the original post, made a point of posting to Facebook that they did not make a practice of mixing relaxer in with shampoo.
After the woman posted photos of her now processed hair as a warning to women with natural hair who might patronize the salon, the natural hair community quickly came to the consensus that the woman would be well justified if she decided to sue the salon.
“This is one of the NO-GO’s for my naturalistas,” Yelp user Tosha W. wrote in a critical review of the salon prompted by the screenshot. “Mixing a perm in with the shampoo without consent is just as tacky as a hair salon can get.”
And we'd have to agree, for any salon to slip a major hair killer into a clients shampoo without getting permission is almost a low-level crime in my opinion. How is that any different that punching a hole in someone's tire on purpose?
How would you have handled this situation OMGers? Would you have sued?
The natural hair movement is so strong that The Curl Club decided to poke a little fun (in a light-hearted way) and imagine if the natural hair movement were a cult. They used a lot of imagination and creativity to think up this off-the-wall scenario.
It is hilarious!
The video is going SUPER VIRAL and is causing a lot of interesting conversation between large groups of naturals and even non-naturals as well.
We've even seen friends jokingly tagging each other on Facebook saying stuff like "This is soooo you!!"
And of course, there are some people taking the video waaaaaay too seriously and are even offended, I don't exactly understand what there is too get upset about, but hey, some people will find a reason to complain no matter what you do.
But for all y'all that just enjoy a good laugh this will be right up your alley.
Anyway, check it out and enjoy the humor. The end of this video cracked me up, home girl had no idea what she was walking into.
Enjoy! And please leave your thoughts and comments below... Did it make you laugh too?
Meet Lizzy, a new natural that is enjoying her natural air journey after doing The Big Chop a few months ago. Get to know her in this introductory video and follow her as she shares what she has learned and is learning as she embraces her naturally beautiful hair! Subscribe for more black natural hairstyle videos and natural hair care tips...
Loving Her Curls After The Big Chop - Watch The Video!
This was Lizzy's first ever video, so tell her what you thought in the YouTube Comment Section.
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Super defined curls from twist outs are one of the more popular natural hair styles around.
If you’ve been natural for a while and have noticed some growth, your twist out is probably full of life and gets a lot of heads turning too!
But twistouts are sort of like that rude friend who comes to your house, eats all your food, and then just bounces! Here one minute and gone the next. For whatever reason, a lot of women can’t seem to keep their twist out from twisting out.
But don't worry about it, we have your back! Here is a great video from your BlackHairOMG expert Allison to help make your twist out super-defined and last a while longer! Hey and remember to subscribe to BlackHairOMG TV!
Twistout With TGIN Hair Products on TWA - Natural Hair Video
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We admit it.
Not everyone here is a fan of Instagram, and we REFUSED to get an Instagram account for the 1st few years of our website, but because a couple of the BlackHairexperts (namely Chia & Karen Hall) know how to keep things "poppin' on the gram". It's on!
So please follow the us on Instagram today and tag us @blackhairhub if you want us to post one of your natural hair style pictures!
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Your Black Hair OMG Expert Pretti Uneek has a quick tutorial on How to Wear the Puff Cuff on Thick or Fine Natural Hair.
Look, BlackHairOMGTV has 6 natural hair experts that have joined forces to help you, they will go through the natural hair journey with you all while sharing their favorite hair advice and tips. There will be new videos weekly, enjoy! Support the #OMGFamily and SUBSCRIBE in 2 seconds or less right here!
How to Wear the Puff Cuff on Thick or Fine Natural Hair
How many hair clamps has your curly hair broken? Well, no more! Finally, there’s a hair clamp that can handle the challenge of thick, textured hair. Meet the Puff Cuff, a “remix” of the banana clip, uniquely designed to hold and style even the thickest of thick hair!
The Puff Cuff’s unique teeth are designed to lock into the texture or curl of your hair and hold the clamp in place, NOT to glide through the hair like a comb or banana clip. While the concept may be similar to the old "banana clip,” the Puff Cuff functions differently by working with your hair instead of against it.
Natural Hair Wash Routine (4c) + Twist Out Tutorial!
Your BlackHairOMG Expert, Wanda, shows you her wash routine and her awesome twist out technique for 4c hair, watch as she breaks down every step along the way to a fabulous natural hairstyle that you can use all year around. She also was kind enough to show us all every natural hair product she used to accomplish her GORGEOUS twist out and she gives some suggestions for alternative products as well. This video is truly packed with information to help naturals, both new and long-time naturals, perfect their twist out game and look amazing on their natural hair journey.
Here are the products Wanda used in this tutorial:
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We have 6 natural hair experts that have joined forces to help you, they will go through the natural hair journey with you all while sharing their favorite hair advice and tips.
There will be new videos weekly, enjoy! Support the #OMGFamily and SUBSCRIBE today. One of the first videos is from your BlackHairOMG expert Alicia A.K.A. Pretti Uneek, creator of Pretti Uneek Jewelry .
Roller Set Results on Two Strand Twists - Natural Hairstyles
News anchor Angela Green recently got a lot of attention because of a video she put up on her Facebook profile.
In the vid, Green gave her personal advice to an intern with gorgeous naturally curly blond hair. Green talked about how the intern was told that her hair was “unprofessional” and too “distracting”. Obviously these were comments from people who don't understand the science of black hair. Responding to the situation, Angela Green suggested that the intern straighten her naturally curly hair just this once in order to please everyone.
Some naturals ripped into Angela and her advice. Some others said that her advice was practical. They noted that the ability to be mindful of your image is key to your ability to advance in the workforce, especially when black people deal with so much discrimination in the workplace and don't understand their rights in the workplace anyway. Why offer another reason to be judged harshly and unfairly?
Many woman strongly felt that a black woman straightening her hair only to appease others at work was considered “selling out.” Yielding to these workplace microaggressions against how black woman wear our natural hair means discarding a crucial piece of how we were created naturally. I have to agree with this last point of view.
In order to fully understand the scope of the push back against black women wearing their natural hair, we have to think about how American society defines and determines what’s considered “beautiful” and acceptable.
A culture’s standard of beauty can come in many forms, depending on the country you compare yourself to. In Saudi Arabia, newscasters may wear hijabs, etc. In India, you will find women wearing saris in TV commercials.
In Western culture, the celebrated standard of beauty is typically white women with straight hair. We see this everywhere from fashion show runways to TV commercials to highway billboards, it's always the same look. In American society, the further a woman deviates from this "ideal", the more undesirable you appear in the eyes of those that live by the set agenda.
So this set agenda makes you wonder. How does Western society deal with those that don't bow to its "standard of beauty"? The women that push away from the set status quo? What occurs when society’s perception of beauty is shaken up by a particular hairstyle they have no intentions on embracing?
Black women are, and have always been, the outliers. Traditionally, outliers (i.e people who are outside of society’s normative standard of beauty) are forced to conform to what society deems acceptable or risk being push away. This is what Green was attempting to communicate to the intern. The intern’s hair is a “distraction” simply because it’s outside of society’s traditional standard of beauty. No more, no less.
The Natural Fact Of The Matter
Her naturally kinky curly hair shouldn’t have been an issue. Professionalism in the workplace should only be referenced when it comes to a person's competence and skill. Had professional appearance been a problem, we’d have to make it fair across the board and put a mandate in place regarding ANY physical appearance be it makeup, hair, etc. How people wear their hair is an art and it’s the only wiggle room women have in the workplace besides makeup.
Of course, there had to be SOME reason the intern was singled out. Obviously most black women's hair doesn’t naturally straighten, it naturally stands up and stands out. Standing out in society, much less the workplace, isn’t always rewarded. Because the intern deviated too far from the classical conception of beauty, she kept being reprimanded, even in the subtlest of ways.
Natural Hair Often Unfairly Aligned With "Threatening" Images
Don't let this though get lost in the mix. Without a doubt there's a deeper, more nuanced reason that American society seems put off by natural black hair. Traditional styles such as afros and locs (some refer to them as "dreadlocks") are often connected to militant black movements. Many women in the Black Power Movement during the 1960s wore afros as a symbol of defiance in the eyes of some, although many would argue it was a symbol of embracing themselves. Mainstream society saw black men and women, who were conscious, armed with guns, and ready to defend themselves and their families, all while wearing these hairstyles. Back then, embracing your natural hair signified rebellion against society and centuries of self-hatred that has been ingrained in African-Americans since the days of slavery. Because of this, society still thinks of our natural hair in terms of being a disruption against the status quo and a hostile force, especially in the work environment. They need to shake that thinking and see people as proud to be themselves and not in need of changing into some watered down version of themselves.
In short, while Angela Green’s advice may have been understandable in the context of being able to advance in a predominantly white work environment, it does much more harm than good. It forces black women to choose complacency in a broken system that continually discriminates against anyone different. It's far better to embrace our our natural selves the way that God made us, our culture and face discrimination head on than continue to yield to unequal and invalidated bias societal beauty standards. Embracing our natural hair means embracing ourselves as beautiful, as worthy, and we need to fight for the right to show our natural selves in the workplace. Of course there are standards set, but my natural hair isn't an "offense". We are beautifully made.
This is a super cute video of a mom having fun with her daughter and at the same time teaching her to love her natural hair. All to the tune of Afro-Dance by Les Nubians.
I really loved the question that her daughter asked her in the middle of the song, it shows she's being raised right in more ways than one! Check it out!
Video Description from the mom:
Me and my daughter celebrating our Afros! Please Please PLEASE! help our lil girls understand the value of our beauty. Media is heavy against us. FYI you must start with yourself!
Teach Them Young
Help your daughters celebrate their beauty, have fun and help them nourish and protect their hair instead of trying to chemically change it, damage it, and insult it like so many of us had to live through. They'll thank you for it when they grow up with a full head of hair and a soul full of self esteem.
Myisha Thomas, a proud natural-haired South Carolina woman who made the transition to natural hair a while back has created a HILARIOUS viral Facebook video, popularity has exploded with over half a million views in a matter of a couple days (at the time this writing).
In the video, Myisha Thomas uses her beautiful voice to sing her comedic lyrics about her struggle from relaxed hair to natural curly hair. " For all the transitioners," she wrote. "#ItAintOver #BeEncouraged."
We tracked the new natural hair sensation down and we were excited to ask the talented natural a few questions about her motivation for the vid! We'd actually posted her video this morning in the OMG Black Hair Conversation FB Group and the group members went crazy over it! We were very happy to get a chance to interview her, so take a look at the question and answer she gave to BlackHairOMG and check out the video below if you haven't seen it or want to laugh AGAIN!
BlackHairOMG Q & A With Myisha "It Aint Over" Thomas
Q: Black Hair OMG - Myisha, your viral video was one of the first things we posted in our OMG Black Hair Conversation group the morning after you posted it, it's a HUGE hit with naturals. How did you come up with the idea to do your song parody?
A: Myisha Thomas - I was thinking about a conversation I had with one of my cousins this weekend about her transitioning process and when I heard the Maurette Brown-Clark song, it just came to me.
Q: Black Hair OMG - You have an amazing voice and that made the video so much more impressive. Tell us about your singing history...
A: Myisha Thomas - Well I've been singing in church since I was about 5 years old, but I've never had any formal training.
Q: Black Hair OMG - Besides your beautiful voice, you have everybody DYING laughing with your sense of humor. Who are your comedic influences (famous or non-famous)?
A: Myisha Thomas -Katt Williams is definitely my favorite comedian of all time, Kevin Hart is another big influence, but honestly, the funniest people I know are my mother and father. Seriously, those old people have jokes for DAYS! Lol
Q: Black Hair OMG - How long have you been natural and for how long?
A: Myisha Thomas - I transitioned for 8 months and finally gave in and did the big chop in May 2015.
Q: Black Hair OMG - Was there any underlying message you were sending to the natural
community or were you just having some fun?
A: Myisha Thomas - I just wanted to encourage girls like me who are transitioning and may feel like giving up, to keep going. The message is patience, love, and perseverance!
Wrapping It Up
Well, the Black Hair OMG family are huge fans of yours. Please let us know if you have any more videos you'd like the fam to see in the future, we'd love to premiere them! We love the positivity and fun you bring to the movement.
For anyone unfortunate enough to have missed out on this video, see it below. Myisha has created an instant classic.