So what’s the deal with (broads) not perming their hair anymore, Jo? Even my MOMS stopped! Women dead a man and just get to harvesting that fro! WHY?
he above quote came to me courtesy of a 20something NYC born and bred, college educated man
making six figures making a good living for himself, got it together… (Note to self: MMM potential. Put my bid in!) Now where was I…OH YEAH. The point is this isnt the opinion of a caveman, its a great question that got me to thinking. You’d have to have selective blindness not to notice the half shavens, the dyed baldies, baby afros, flowing locks and volumized coarse blowouts in the city these days. The black hair universe has gotten a lot more diverse in the last 2-3 years.
Reflecting on that, i had a few questions of my own:
It does seem the volumized or textured tresses are all the rage now. What exactly is prompting the wave of sisters to go ahead and get to channeling that inner Chaka Khan? Is it just a NYC thing or are the sisters nationwide joining up to the *Obligatory black fist* natural hair movement?
A quick Google search of black hair trends 2010 will let you know: a rather large portion of us are now Chillin With no Chemicals (don’t steal my affiliated blog idea, i’ll hunt ya down). Many natural hair care blogs and independent entrepreneurs offering natural hair care products have come into their own, even offering guidance and advice for women considering the big detox. The movement itself has so many outlets- online and offline; conventions and meetups from Richmond and Chicago to a natural black hair care salon ready for franchising (TAG Salon in Buckhead) in the black hair Mecca we know as Atlanta. There are neverending blogrolls and Youtube Channels forming support systems for those interested in joining Team Natural, and to be honest- they’ve even sparked my interest!
The reasons why are the most interesting to me. While there are a percentage that went the natural route after complete and irreversible damage from perms, weaves and/or over processing (We’ve all seen that awesomely horrible shot of supermodel Naomi Campbell SMH=/), there are plenty of other reasons. Some just wanted a change, some grew weary of the expense (50 cash per appointment for the bone straight look/more for tracks, labor, and upkeep), while other women are having something akin to a spiritual experience- expressing an urge to confront their own demons and embrace a non-Eurocentric beauty ideal. The vast majority of women giving testimony mention having more confidence than ever before. They also speak on true self-acceptance and self-love, although the transition period might have you playing this jawn on repeat i hear, which kind of frightens me =\).
Now, Ive been down with TEAM Cremeycrack since about the age of 13. I had amazingly/scarily thick course hair (think Rudy Huxtable) previously and saw the perm as a handout directly from the man upstairs. I think i spent half my childhood getting my hair washed and braided- no exaggeration. After a few stress induced bouts with hair thinning/loss of thickness post-perm, i’ve been entertaining thoughts of a trade–especially when i see a woman in her forties with that trademark wispythin ponytail. With the wave of new products and techniques on the natural side- could I possibly make the switch? I wonder what I would look like with a babyfro? Locks? Somebody get me to a wig shop post haste.
We’ve got a hung jury in my court for now. But to all of the likeminded ladies, let me know how you feel… #TeamBoneStraight #TeamWeavetoAchieve or #TeamAuNaturale? Remember- no matter how we style it- fly is fly-and fly we will remain!
Below are some sites that peaked my interest during my E-Quest for info.
http://bglhonline.com – Black Girl Long Hair
http://tobeanaturalista.com/ – To Be a Naturalista
http://tagconceptsalons.com/ – TAG Concepts Salons-ATL
http://www.curlynikki.com/ – Curly Nikki
http://www.longhaircareforum.com – Long Hair Care Forum
Keep it fresh-faced, ladies!