One of the biggest reasons women with curly & kinky hair have a problem with shrinkage is because so many people outside of black culture or natural hair culture have NO IDEA that you are blessed with so much hair. They think that if your kinky/curl hair is sitting at 7 inches, you only have 7 inches of hair.
That is how life is for women with straight hair, but many curly-haired naturals that have hair sitting at 7 inches in front of the naked eye could EASILY be flaunting 14-20+ inches of lusciousness.
So BlackHairOMG wants to make sure that more and more people realize this phenomenon on natural black hair.
So do you know someone that freaks out about having "short hair" when they go natural? Or do you know someone that has absolutely no clue about how much hair is actually contained in these beautifully coiled crowns of beauty?
If so, make sure you share these photos on your social media accounts and tag your friends so that they can recognize the majestic beauty contained in natural hair.
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.
The group has been amazing and extremely positive. It's been amazing to see all of the beautiful naturals and aspiring naturals sharing tips and encouragement and I've been looking for a way to show my appreciation for them.
So let's get to it. Our 1st ever family member natural hair journey....
My Natural Hair Journey: Johanna Denny
I always went back and forth with my natural hair journeys as my mom started creaming (perming) my hair from back when I was very young. A few years back though, I had put in some braids and I had those braids in for a mighty long time. It was my friend's birthday weekend and we decided to go out of town for clubbing. I wanted to get a fresh new look so I tried what my friend would do. She would take her weave out and cream her hair in that same day and moment. I guess that method wasn't my kettle of tea as the cream irritated my scalp and burned me so badly that my heartbeat raced so hard I felt as though my chest was gonna pop. That night my friends laughed at me so hard, because of how I ran around Sydonie's Kingston apartment creaming to the top of my lungs for burning pain.
A few hours into the morning after clubbing was through I looked into the mirror and saw a badly burnt scalp. I was so ashamed to let the guys on the outside of the club see the condition my scalp was in. Later that day I washed my hair to get the scabs out and decided that I would never hurt myself in this manner again. I decided that black hair in its natural state is beautiful and placing harsh chemicals in my scalp wasn't true love for self. So I stopped.
Tried Locking and Then Big Chopping
I have tried locking my hair since then, because I wanted to escape the reality of having to comb black hair in its natural state each day and realized that wasn't for me either. There are so many videos on YouTube that gives so many tips, tricks and styles in coping with black hair and I am determined to stay away from harsh chemicals.
When I cut my locks off everyone loved the new look. They were not at all negative, although a few preferred me with long hair, but it is just hair and it grows back. Many people are really getting a hang of kinky hair and when I wear mine many people call me an African Queen or Princess.
I believe if we accept our hair as black people in its natural state, it would change the way people of other ethnic backgrounds and even we ourselves see skin colour. If black hair is bad, then our skin colour is bad, but if black hair is good then our skin colour is good also. Understanding this can clamp down on many aspects of racism drastically.
I love my black hair!
A huge thanks to Johanna for sharing your story about transitioning to natural hair and sharing your natural hair journey pictures.
If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" story, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.
When we decide to go natural, we are consciously deciding to embrace our natural hair and subconsciously deciding to accept our true selves.
Meaning, we are making the choice to be independent of all external sources of "beauty" by showing the world who we really are and relieving ourselves of permed strands for kinky tresses. We are deciding to let go of the fear of not being accepted and deciding to embrace our true-selves. These are some of the key components of self-love.
Lee's Article Highlights:
I loved the point about how naturals are changing what they look on the outside while transforming what they are inside. It's so true. I've often said to friends that most natural women have a different swag and confidence. That confidence makes them sexier and more fun to be around. True some people will always have an ugly spirit no matter what, but for the most part, naturals are transforming as people in a positive way.
It takes true confidence to KNOW you are beautiful and believe that, I want my daughter to feel that type of confidence. Just know that, you are not alone. The world is starting to recognize your beauty, something that's been covered up for too long.
Just realize that going natural is more than what is happening on top of your head, it has a lot to do with what's happening inside of your head. Keep going, and know that you have support.It's a beautiful thing.
This is going to sound like blasphemy to many in the natural hair community, but I really don’t care how long my hair is. Seriously. I’ve been natural since before the web was invented and I can honestly tell you, I really don’t care.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against ladies who track their hair’s progress by checking their locks’ length now and again.
I also don’t have anything against long hair. I definitely think that natural hair needs special attention, but so does the rest of my body and being that my hair grows from my body, I don’t think about one without the other. I think that’s why I’m not worried about...
Lee's Article Highlights:
Although overall this is a well-written article, I can't agree with a lot of it. Maybe there are a few "special" cases of women who desire short hair, but it's not normal. Just like some men may want to be short instead of tall, they'd be the exception to the rule.
I do recognize that the overall gist of the article is that the health of your natural hair is more important than its length. That I can wholeheartedly agree with, but it's not an "either or" situation.
The author highlights that the health of your scalp is just as important if not moreso than your ends because it’s what your hair grows out of, a great point, much more focus needs to be placed on scalp health.
What do you think? Is your hair length very important to you or is it no big deal? Comment below and let me know.
Rhonda Lee had long been told that she needed to make her natural hair "more pleasing to a wider audience," she told HuffPost Live on Thursday, but she never expected her hair style to actually compromise her job.
Lee, an African American woman who currently works as a meteorologist for WeatherNation TV, recalled how comments she made in response to Internet vitriol targeting her hair ultimately led to her being fired by her former network.
Lee's Article Highlights:
Rhonda says it's a blessing and a curse that people can say exactly what they think about you at any given time on social media.
It's amazing to think people consider statements about your own hair "controversial", as Rhonda said, she didn't consider her hair to be controversial but something that grows out of her head.
Rhonda Lee was told on her job interview at KTBS 3 News, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana, that it was seen as "the white station" in town, later she was told she might want to change her hair to appeal to a "wider" audience.
Look, I have a good sense of humor so this Chris Brown song spoof by Top Rope Zeus is funny, but it's also kind of messed up.
I truly believe natural hair is amazingly beautiful on black women and things like this just discourage them.
First off, homegirl's hair just wasn't done or looking right, the length wouldn't have mattered and natural hair is not synonymous with short hair. There are plenty of black women with natural AND long hair. In fact, that's the end goal of many "big chops". As a black man I think it's great that women are going natural.