My hair is NOT an accessory

4 years ago

No, it isn't.  It is part of me and what makes me a Black woman.  As it grows out of my head it becomes an extension of me.

I've seen several people say their hair is just 'hair'.  Whether I am reading a blog, or listening to YouTube I hear the outcries of many telling the world it's just hair and nothing more.  I find that hard to believe because there just wouldn't be this much fuss over something so trivial if that were true.

As a woman, my hair is supposed to be my pride and my glory.  I've heard that since I was a little girl.  It makes me who I am and aids in my femininity.  I have always been told by the media that women are supposed to wear their hair long and flowing.  I was brought up to have pride in myself and to look presentable at all times as well as having my hair done whenever I leave my house.  This is what I was taught as a little girl about my hair.

I don't agree with the entirety of that notion but I do feel my hair is more important than something to match an outfit or mood.  I also feel my hair should look good whenever I go out into the world. 

My hair is NOT an accessory (ORIGIN)

When I first went Natural how my hair would look was extremely important.  I was worried about how it would look on me.  I was also worried about how to wear it without the aid of box braids.  I did initially try a salon and she put twists in but before I left the salon I knew it wasn't the style for me.  While driving away from the shop I was pulling the twists out and wasting my expensive hairstyle.  I had then decided to let it be free and just wear a headband.  That became my staple style.

For me and quite a few others these strands of hair that grow out of my head with a curl, a coil, or a kink mean more to me than an outfit.  They mean more to me than shoes and earrings.  They are a part of me just as my eyes, lips and skin and contribute to my Blackness.  With that being said, I cannot call or treat it as an accessory and I cannot deny it's importance in my life. 

Since my hair is so important to me going Natural was such a joy and an overwhelming acceptance of what makes me....me.  I will no longer chemically alter myself for whatever reason one may assume.  I will cherish it just as I do my eyes when I take my Glaucoma eye drops so I may see.  I will moisturize it just as I moisturize my lips from the dryness of the Denver weather.  I will love it as I love my brown skin with it's richness and earthiness that makes me whole.  My hair is far from an accessory.  It is me and I am Natural...

Is your hair an accessory or does it mean more?

Take care naturals,
Sabrina

 

Sabrina @seriouslynatural.org

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