The other day, I decided to put my hair in a low afro puff and wear a cute little hat (pictured). I didn’t realize my style would become the topic of the night. As I walked into a house of non-natural women, they immediately began to respond….”oh the 70’s are back”….”never thought I ‘d live to see the day afros would come back”… "how come you don't have on bell bottoms"...they went on and on. For some reason I became very defensive….I felt like I needed to defend the natural hair evolution. While I understand the natural movement of the 70’s was a trend and embraced black power.... the natural hair movement of today embarks on something different --a journey to be naturally free.
While the ladies of the 70’s paved the way for black women to accept “Black is Beautiful”, today the natural hair community have come a long way. We have taken the natural hair movement to another level in accepting and understanding how to maintain our tresses, teaching one another how to “Do it yourself”, uplifting and embracing natural sisters from all over. We have our favorite vloggers, bloggers, and natural hair enthusiast that we consistently follow for inspiration. We support one another in this journey. The wealth of information available to natural hair women today is phenomenal. This is a new day, a new age and by far not the 70’s…. We are not necessarily taking a political stance, but embracing a journey to healthy hair. The natural hair evolution today is simply being free….free from chemical relaxers, free from society and the media idea of beauty…… free to be naturally me!!!!