So there are some people out there that believe rocking your natural hair means you're more African/Black than the ladies who relax their hair or wear weaves and wigs. It's a bit shocking eh? How can your hairstyle determine your degree of "African-ness?" But it is something that I see on social media especially on Twitter and Instagram and also in the comment section of popular blogs/websites. I am here to say today that I think that is total BULLSHIT.
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Personally when it comes to my hair, I always lean more towards braids and rocking my natural hair (I've even got a natural hair series which you can check HERE) but I do like to switch it up once in awhile with weaves.But there are some ladies who lean more towards weaves and wigs as their protective style or lean towards it just because they like it. Or the ladies who prefer to relax their hair.In my opinion they are just as African/Black as naturalistas.
I understand the reasoning behind encouraging black women to embrace their God-given hair because for so long we've been conditioned to believe that black hair is bad hair. There's nothing wrong with trying to change the mindsets of those who believe their hair is inferior, I am a staunch supporter of this.What I do not like is when you decide that it is a MUST. Nope, it all boils down to choice.What of those who just LIKE wearing wigs? Not everyone who wears weaves or relaxes their hair is doing it because of inferiority complex.
And not everyone who wears a wig is bald underneath. Even if they are is it your baldness biko?
I see a lot of snide comments in the comment section of blogs. If a picture of someone wearing a weave or something is put up, some people start going on and on about how she must hate herself blah blah blah. It always makes me so angry. Life is all about choices and when it comes to hair, we all have the right to choose and not be castigated by our choices.
I think it's high time we let people choose to do whatever they want. We spend so much time pointing fingers at others when they're different from us. Time that could be used to address more important things. I believe in simply doing you. That has always been my motto. Do you! Live your life how you want to and let others do the same. xx