More and more women are embracing their natural hair while at work inspite of any push back they may encounter. Thankfully there are more work environments that are relaxing their policy when it comes to us being able to freely wear our hair natural in various ways at work. The article below does a great job of addressing the topic. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
All to often you see women taking on a very relaxed approach to their hair and skin during the weekends, giving their tresses and skin a much-needed break.
But what happens when you decide to extend your natural look into your work environment? The sky’s the limit. There’s so much versatility when it comes to natural hairstyles.
There’s also much more information available on Natural Hair and how to care for it.
While natural hairstyles can convey many things from trends, to cultural statements or declarations of individuality … they can be styled to look extremely professional for your work environment.
Deciding to wear YOUR natural hair is among one of the biggest decisions in your life. It’s likely that anyone you inform of your decision will have an opinion be it positive or negative. Therefore it is VERY important to remember to stay strong, understand that there is A LOT of information out here about natural hair but it’s most important to do your own research. Natural hair blogs such as this are strictly informational, no two heads are alike (even if you share the same hair type) so do your own research on products, MOISTURIZE and PROTECT!
Transitioning without the big chop is a process that allows you to retain some length. Most naturals would say that the most difficult part of the process is styling and maintaining the two textures of hair. For many this is the reason for the big chop, avoiding the transitioning process completely. I’ll share with you some of the tips I learned during my transition, some may work for you and some wont but having the basic information helps. These few tips will become a staple in caring for your curls.
This video by Zina Saro-Wiwa made me shed a tear of joy. I know it’s a little sappy and extra of me to be so moved by it, but it really made me proud to the point of tears. In the video Zina talks about her 7 month journey to loving her natural hair after wearing extensions for a long time. Zina and the other “naturals” in the video are absolutely beautiful ! If I wasn’t already 17 years natural myself I would be getting a big chop tomorrow after seeing all the beauty on display here. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
I cracked up laughing when I found this article because there are a lot of little natural hair codes that are a bit much to take in when you’re transitioning 🙂 I hope this article helps the natural newbies and long time naturals who want to know all the latest natural hair codes. If you have some that you don’t see in the article please leave a comment and share them 🙂
Are you a PJ who BC’d and loves a good WNG? There’s a lot of jargon thrown around on natural hair blogs and forums, and if you’re new to the conversation, it can be quite puzzling. Well, you can (TMN) thank me now because I’m about to help you decipher the word play, so you can get clear on what it all means for you.
A is for APL (Arm Pit Length) which refers to length. BSL (Bra Strap Length), CL (Collar Length), MBL (Mid Back Length) and WL (Waist Length) are all common descriptors.
B is for BC (Big Chop). This is the courageous act of chopping off your relaxed hair. Some opt to do the Big Chop with only an inch or so of new growth remaining on their heads leaving them with a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro). Another option is the (LTT )Long Term Transition where you cut the relaxed hair out gradually. Either way, the first day you step out with your freedom hair (relaxer free) is a milestone moment. Relish it.
Natural black hair is not hard to manage. This myth prevents many black women from going natural. They think once they stop relaxing their hair, they will be left with kinky matted hair.
Black women have been conditioned to believe, that their natural hair is unattractive and impossible to manage. Relaxer companies feed this lie, to sell their products. Relaxers are very damaging to the hair and scalp. not only are they unhealthy for your hair, but they can have unhealthy effects on one’s self image.
Most black women relax their hair because they have been taught from a young age that black hair is ugly and needs to be fixed. The decision to chemically straighten one’s hair, is likely about being socially acceptable. It’s more than just a hairstyle choice, for most black women.
I can’t wait to see the full version of this documentary when it is released. It looks like it’s going to be very informative from every angle of hair care. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of the trailer 🙂
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs
Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for healthylocsblog.com
Ten years ago, Officer, now 33, decided to stop using relaxers on her hair and go natural.
After trying transitional styles for 10 months, she went for the Big Chop, often known as the B.C., and started sporting a T.W.A. — a teeny weeny afro. She so adopted the natural hair movement that when her stylist moved, Officer bought the salon. The business eventually closed, but she remains a staunch advocate of natural hair for black women and wears hers in locs — a style where the hair “locks” together as it grows.
“I consider hair to be not only personal grooming and maintenance, but personal self,” she said. “It’s also a statement of your identity.”