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Today I was on Wikipedia and I searched the word “Afro” (actually it gave me Afro textured hair) It was relatively lengthy based on Wiki standards and rightly so. There is a history behind our hair, a legacy even. Now as we find ourselves in another natural wave it’s good to have music to celebrate and encourage us through our natural-haired journey. Check it out.

Cloud 9 Donnie

“Happy to be nappy, I’m black and I’m proud that I have been chosen to wear the conscious cloud.”

I remember when my cousin first spoke about Donnie. I hadn’t heard of him yet and I asked her to compare him to someone else and she couldn’t. After listening and vibing to his music I have to agree. The brotha is soulful. His lyrics are profound and his vocals are earthy yet crisp. And it shows up in “Cloud 9”, his ode to natural hair. He talks about the strength, beauty and versatility of our hair in a truly poetic way.

Afro Dance Les Nubians

“Pick up the can of afro sheen and do the afro dance”

It’s hard to categorize Les Nubians. Just when you think you’ve figured these Afropean sisters out they come with something completely out of the box. Which is exactly what they did with their oh so funky song “Afro Dance”. The song will have you moving no matter how you try to fight it. “Have you ever danced with your hair?” You should try it.

I am Not My Hair India.Arie
Good hair means curls and waves, Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century its time for us to redefine who we be

You remember how this song spoke to you when it first came out. Really this song could be on any type of hair list because it reminds us that as much as we love our hair, it’s not that deep. So there’s no need to harass a woman who’s still perming, frying, dying or texturizing her hair just as no one should you make judgements about you for something like the way you decide to wear your hair.

Dawn of the Dreads Arrested Development
“The dreads symbolize a natural growth of not just the hair but also of the mind.
And also the bond that keeps up in love. The struggle enhances that bond throughout time.”

If you’re not rocking an afro there are still songs to get you feeling good about your tresses. You remember the Afrocentric group Arrested Development? They broke down one of the many meanings behind wearing dreads or locs, as some people prefer to call them. It’s a nice feel good song you can just drift away to.

The Beauty Within  Dead Prez

Every other girl got a perm or extensions
but you don even rarely wear lipstick
still your beauty is a natural mystic

Dead Prez has always been known for their conscious lyrics. Even though they’d been MIA for a minute they came back with a little encouragement for the natural sisters and really black women in general if you listen closely enough.

I Love My Hair Sesame Street

“Don’t need a trip to the beauty shop because I love what I’ve got on top.”

This might not be something you put on your iPod but when your hair is getting on your nerves and you need a bit of reassurance, this cutesy little video will do the trick. It became viral after a while and grown women complimented the creator, a white man who’d adopted a black daughter, saying it brought tears to their eyes.

Natural Arrested Development
“Hair is natural. Lips are natural. Face wins first place. You appeal to me, girl.”

I told you Arrested Development was Afrocentric and apparently hair was important to them because on the same album as “Dawn of the Dreads” they have natural. This one is a bit more melodic and will have you feeling light and carefree. This is not only my natural hair theme song, it’s one of my theme songs for life. It’s pure.

Dreadlocks Murs

No Matter What’s said
I know my hair fly
Everybody stare when they walk by
Dreadlocks fallin all ova me
I’m pullin mo freaks then Jodeci

This one is more geared toward the fellas but if you’ve been known to get a lil hype from time to time this is the perfect fit. It’s reminiscent of an E-40 cut with deeper lyrics. It will have you bouncing, bet money.

*Bonus* Whip My Hair Willow Smith

“Don’t matter if it’s long, short. Do it, do it. Whip your hair!”

Don’t think that Willow wasn’t talking about the naturalistas in her hit song. Whether your hair blows freely in the wind or you have move it manually you can still break your neck to this song. You know you’re not sick of it yet. 🙂

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