When a stranger approaches me, they assume I am of African American descent because of my dark skin and natural hair. When they find out I am a Latina, a shock reaction is usually followed. My hair is in its natural state, natural means in the hair community as no chemical altercations primarily relaxers or perms; hair color is still debated within the hair community.
The controversy about natural hair has been growing particularly in the media with movies such as “Good Hair” by Chris Rock and celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson, Oprah, Tracie Thoms, Tracee Ellis Ross and Erica Badu. Regardless of what position you take on the argument, the negative cognition associated to natural hair still persists. Afro’s became symbolic during the civil rights movement as a symbol of resistance and strength.
So I am happy to see articles highlighting the video bloggers (which I follow two of them) that are showing the versatility, and beauty of women of African descent with natural hair. Click Here. The second article is from USA today, which has more details about natural hair and growth of women of color embracing their natural tresses. Click here.