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It’s always tricky to figure out what hairstyles to wear for the winter—especially if you’re a naturalista. You might be looking for something that’s protective against the cold, a style that’s efficient for all the shopping you’ll be doing and all the holiday events you’ll be attending. But of course it’s got to be beautiful! Because after all that work, you simply deserve it.
So check out our natural hair guide to 8 celebrity inspired natural do’s to wear this winter.
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There’s an underlying myth plaguing the African-American community that wearing one’s natural tresses is an impediment to success. In the case of Vanessa VanDyke, a 12-year-old girl threatened to be expelled due to her voluminous mane, many people deemed her natural hair to be “unprofessional.” But is the issue much deeper than this?
For centuries, the unique characteristics of Black women have been undermined by Eurocentric standards of beauty and we’ve all been wired to believe that somehow our hair — in its purest, natural state — affects our skills, abilities, and competence in the workplace. Check out some of the ladies who challenged these erroneous notions and grabbed success by the horns — coils, kinks, curls and all.
Just a few days ago, we told you about Vanessa VanDyke, the 12 year old who was facing expulsion if she did not cut or straighten her afro. But after the story was reported on several news outlets, campaigns in support of Vanessa started to form and the school faced additional pressure, administrators at Faith Christian Academy have softened their stance…a bit.
WKMG, the local Florida news station that originally broke the story, is reporting that now the school no longer has expulsion on the table but is strongly suggesting that VanDyke and her mother, Sabrina Kent, do something different with her fluffy tresses.
Pastor Carl Stevens, who serves as one of the school’s administrators issued a statement to Vanessa and her parents: “I am going to strongly encourage you to consider the school’s request and at least shape or have her hair cut. That I believe would resolve the issue.”
But then in a contradicting statement, the school told the media outlets:
“We’re not asking her to put product in her hair or cut her hair. We’re asking her to style her hair within the guidelines according to the school handbook.”
Vanessa’s mother, Sabrina Kent tried to explain the nature of African American hair to the news cameras and anyone else who has yet to receive the memo.
“African American hair grows out. It doesn’t grow down. Her hair is her hair. What am I supposed to do?”
After the original story broke, the school said Vanessa would not face expulsion if she decided not to cut or straighten her hair. And though the school handbook does not make reference to hair that is fluffy like Vanessa’s, they are still requesting that she alter it in some way.
Kent said she and her daughter would discuss options of her afro over the Thanksgiving holiday.
By LaKrishia Armour
Whether you’re newly natural or have been rocking your puffy halo for a while, wash day should be easy. And it shouldn’t be a chore. We should feel relieved that we can flip our ‘fros and twirl our twist outs. Natural hair should be fun, fluffy and fancy free. So what’s the point if you’re taking just as much time as going to the beauty shop to do your hair when you’re natural?
If you don’t know, the phrase “wash day” is the day, not to be confused with a day of rest, that is reserved for grooming. For some women who are natural, wash day is a dance of complicated steps involving multiple products and oils and conditioning caps in an effort to achieve the perfect balance or curl to the hair. To that I say, wash DAY? A whole day? Really? I don’t have time for that. Actually, I won’t even entertain pretending like I’m making time for that.
Within the last five years, so many companies launched hair care lines devoted to natural hair. Tons of products definitely increases our choice, but also increases our desire to stock our linen closets with six different conditioners—all still half-full—that sit there, unused like a coin collection. It makes sense that newly natural women try more products because figuring out what works is a valid challenge. But for the rest of us a few years (or decades) into the natural game, get a trusted product lineup and stick with it. Keep it simple. Using less product saves time and effort, and makes wash day fly by. Streamlining those products helps to keep wash day antics to a minimum. Your living space isn’t doubling as a meth lab, so there’s no reason to put the entire pantry and the contents under the kitchen sink on your hair and call it a hydrating masque. Ma’am. Stop it. No, seriously, stop it before you smell fumes.
Having a routine also helps to cut down on grooming time. Washing your hair should be like taking a shower. Not many people truly dread bathing, they just do it. Lather, rinse, repeat. It’s that simple. But not us. We want to co-wash, deep condition, suffer through awful smelling protein treatments, sit under the dryer for 47 minutes until hair glues itself to the top of the hooded dryer, rinse the hair for 12 more minutes, slather on extra virgin olive oil hot oil treatment on, sit under the dryer again for 21 minutes because 15 just doesn’t ‘feel’ long enough, rinse again, then finally begin to style. Who does that? Well, a lot of us actually.
The most important thing to note here is that there’s nothing wrong with natural hair that needs fixing. Unless you’re sleeping without a bonnet or satin pillowcase every night or rushing through combing your hair, you most likely don’t have glaring issues with your hair. And, this is especially true if your hair isn’t color-treated. That means there’s no need to always do all of the extra treatments and put in the the “just in case” products. Part of going natural is learning to be okay with what you’ve got. Letting go of trying to achieve perfectly formed zig zags, curls and coils with an array of products doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be unkempt. Besides, if it’s a humid day, fluffy hair will probably frizz even if a $22 curl activating serum is bonded to each coil. Hair will find a way to behave the way it wants. Let it do that.
Seriously, if you want to wash your hair on Saturday morning, do it. Just don’t take all day. That’s the best part about repping team natural: We aren’t afraid of a little water.
This time it’s 12 year old Vanessa VanDyke’s huge afro that’s caused such a controversy. VanDyke told an Orlando News Station that she faces expulsion because Faith Christian Academy administrators want her to cut and shape her hair.
VanDyke was given a week to decide what to do or leave the private school she’s been attending since she was in the third grade.
But VanDyke’s mother says they will not change her hair because it is a part of her identity.
Vanessa said, “”It says that I’m unique. First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.”
But everyone doesn’t have the same appreciation for her hair. Vanessa said initially the teasing came from students but now school leaders seem to be targeting her too.
The school has a dress code and rules about students are allowed to wear their hair. The student handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction.” It continues to state examples of distracting hair like mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
But Vanessa’s mother takes issue with the word distraction. “A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another. You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
Though Vanessa has been wearing her hair like this all year long, it didn’t become an issue until her parents complained about the students teasing her. Vanessa’s mother said: “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”
Vanessa says she would sorry to leave the friends she’s made up until this point but she’d rather do that they have to deal with administrators who keep saying she should change her hair.
Vanessa’s mother said, “i’m going to fight for my daughter. If she wants to her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
You can check out video of Vanessa and her fro–looking like a young Esperanza Spalding, stringed instrument and all– in the video below.
How many of you natural hair, fro-having, twist-rocking sistas have been natural your entire life? That means no perms, no texturizers, no hair-texture changing chemicals, no nothing. From what I can guess, many women of color have experimented with chemicals in their hair at some point in their lives. That’s perfectly fine. I’m here to tell my story about how I’ve been part of the “natural hair movement” for the past 22 years, or to put in layman terms, my entire life.
Not everyone I tell that I’m a natural hair lifer believes me. For some reason I’m sometimes told that I “must be lying.” Or, I occasionally get that “yeah right!” look. Those responses have always puzzled me. Why is it so weird that I’ve never had a perm? Is there some kind of national law that mandates every black woman living in the 21st century needs to have had experienced the creamy crack lifestyle? Is having a perm a rite of passage that I somehow missed out on? Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had my hair pressed, flatironed, and blow-dried before but this mane above is a perm virgin.
I have to credit my mother to my natural hair lifer-ness. From early on, my mother was very adamant about us wearing our hair natural and , in her deepest Jamaican accent, made sure to let everyone know that her daughters would NOT be putting “dem nonsense chemical inna dem hair.”
Having “natural hair” wasn’t always cool or the “it” thing to do. Wearing my hair natural in elemantary school was pretty tough. Most of my classmates used to get their hair permed and styled, while I rocked “doodoo braids,”as my classmates liked to call them. This was also around the time when girls started becoming conscious of their looks. During recess, my friends and I would go around comparing who had “good” hair. I was normally never chosen because my hair wasn’t long, shiny, or straight.
My best friend tried convincing me that I should let her mom, a hair stylist, give me a perm against my mother’s will. It would make my hair “softer” and more “manageable,” her nine-year-old self lectured. “Nah-uh, I’ll pass,” was always my reply. I knew I didn’t need a perm to make my hair more “manageable.” My friend once had vibrant and healthy hair. Once she permed it, her hair started falling off and she even starting getting bald spots. We caught up a few months ago and reminisced about those younger days. In college, she made the transition back to natural and told me she regretted perming her hair when she was younger.
Every night between the hours of 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. most of us are posting, scrolling and double tapping on Instagram. While we post photos of our late nights and even earlier mornings, one thing is for certain we love Instagram memes as much as we love our hair. Here are our top picks for the hair instagram memes that call us all out on our hair struggles.
Celebrities are masters of illusion. Whenever we see famous women killing the carpet or a cover of a magazine, we never know just how much of that beauty to attribute to good genes, good docs, Adobe Photoshop, makeup artists, or hairstylists. When it comes to the latter, though, we’re not mad at it. Most times we just want to know how we can get our hair to look just as good. That’s why we often run to beauty salons with pics of our favorite celebrity and are puzzled when the beautician tells us we’ll need 18 inches of weave or a wig to pull off the look we just knew was their real hair.
To illustrate this point, we’ve rounded up a list of ladies who’ve been rocking some very coveted and convincingly real hairstyles. When it comes to their fab tresses we just don’t know if it’s their real hair or a real good wig or weave. You be the judge.
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Ci Ci brought the bob back to life this summer and though she’s rocked it at varying lengths, many have speculated that at least one of them is her real hair length.
Is it an accessory or a necessity? These 15 celebs prove that although they may wear weaves out in public, they actually have a head of beautiful hair underneath it all.
Actress Sanaa Lathan is known for her high-end hair extensions but over the summer, the Best Man Holiday star decided to switch things up. Posting a photo of herself on Facebook sans a weave, Lathan revealed a thick and full head of hair. Lathan added the following caption: And the weave is out! #yesihaveALOTofhair #sandybrown #ineedatrim #ilovemyscalp
Tumblr is a hotbed of random, crazy content. From the cat memes to the TV show gifs and everything in between, on most days it seems that a policy of avoidance might be more beneficial than undertaking an exploration. But not today, StyleBlazers! Today we’re diving headfirst into a pretty interesting new Tumblr account we came across called Fros and Curls in Art History. The site’s author hopes to elevate the profile of textured hair to the level that straight hair maintains in society by showing various types of textured hair throughout history, writing “From Egypt to India and from Greece to Turkey, this blog offers a historically artistic touch to sharing an appreciation for Afro-textured and curly hair, and showing that the two have always been just as beautiful and stylish as straight and wavy hair.”
Hair is an especially touchy subject for women–even those women without any hair at all–because conventional beauty standards tend to dictate over and over again that looking like Hedi Klum is the ideal. While Klum is certainly beautiful, her beauty is not the only type to exist. But the standards persist nonetheless and, unfortunately, women with textured hair–and women of color specifically–tend to not have as much hair inspiration.
That’s why we love the love Fros and Curl in Art History gives to the textured hair community. By showcasing pictures, portraits, and sculptures of ancient images of natural hair, the Tumblr gives retroactive support to natural hair throughout the ages–and we can definitely get behind that. Click through for a look at some of the images fromFros and Curls in Art History.
PS: We’ve got a suggestion for the site. Check out Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier’sAfrican Venus. He got her hair just right.
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