The conversation about natural hair goes far beyond the hair. It also touches skin complexion and what is considered beautiful by society at large.
Lupita Nyong’o said all when Grazia UK magazine edited her hair and made it look smooth and relaxed. She saw the light of this and gave an inspirational reply to their action. She stated that “As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage, and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, curly hair are beautiful too. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a long way to combat the unconscious prejudice against black woman’s complexion, hairstyle, and texture.”
Nandi Madida also sees this in the same light as Lupita; she was asked during an event about natural hair in Paris if she thought natural hair was simply a trend. She replied, “Natural hair means everything. It means loving your skin—who you are, your self-esteem—and it is paramount. It is not a trend; it is who we are.”
Taraji P. Henson also has a fiery message to give about this; during an interview with HuffPost, she was quoted to say, “[Black women] have shame when it comes to our hair. What we’ve been told, ‘Your hair is nappy.’ It’s not nappy; it’s curly. That’s a curl, that’s a coil. That’s energy leading up, and I was like, we need to convey that message because I see many girls, naturally, is it for fashion or do you really understand what that is? It is a crown that God gave you. Our hair defies gravity without any products. Do you know how powerful that is? That’s powerful.”
We can keep the list going with sisters like Pearl Thusi, Gabrielle Union, Nicole Ari Parker, Janelle Monae, Viola Davis, Solange Knowles, and many more all see the light behind going natural.
Going natural for us, black women, is not just a fashion trend, but returning to our heritage and wearing our true crown, which is the mark of our beauty.
Go natural and wear your crown.