WHY GOING NATURAL WAS THE MOST LIBERATING DECISION OF MY LIFE THUS FAR
Also, can we make a collective "Too Black For List App" list?
- •Saved hella $I used to spend $45-60 every 2 weeks getting my hair straightened in the shop.
- •Grew comfortable in myselfI though straight, long hair was a way to project some feigned femininity. However, after rocking fros and puffs for a year I realized I didn't have to project shit. I'm a woman, and my femininity and masculinity are a part of that.
- •ConfidenceIma come clean, I look good (when I actually put in some effort). Confidence is fleeting with me, but on a good hair day I feel like a star. And being called "Young Angela Davis" never gets old.
- •Kindred connection with other naturalsI see so much glorious natural hair everywhere and it's amazing to be a part of that. Blackness is so eclectic and so colorful and so vibrant and so poppin. There's nothing more beautiful.
- •A silent "Fuck You" to respectability politicsNope, I'm not doing shit else to my hair. I hope you're mad.
- •So many more stylesStraight black hair is super dynamic. But I can literally do anything with my natural curls. From buns, to coil outs, to flat twists, to two strands, to braids, to puffs, etc.
- •FreedomI can workout. I can go out in the rain and not completely freak out (I still trip tbh). I can wake up, moisturize the hair and just go out.
- •Also this made so much sense to me after my decision"...she probably would have strightened it again, eventually - it wasn't a permanent change or statement - except it clarified so much for her in the days when she was so confused about so much else." Toni Morrison, Paradise