10 Things ‘Natural’ Women Wish People Would Stop Assuming
With the surge of black women sporting natural, kinky and curly styles, several questions have been raised. Of the most are uncertainties in the workplace and corporate environments. Then there are some from society as a whole.
These are just a few of the assumptions people make about girls with curls:
1. We like neo-soul and jazz
2. We are vegetarians or vegans
3. We are “free” spirits
Every woman with natural hair is not a tree-hugging, weed-smoking hippie. We are not walking barefoot with holey boyfriend jeans at peace rallies. Lots of us are typical business casual folks working the corporate nine to five.
4. We are political
5. We are hipsters
Wearing kinky and curly coifs isn’t just for indie, vintage cool kids anymore. All sorts of fashionistas, stay-at-home moms and executives are spreading their wild locks. Modern styles and new products have made it easier for women to create professional looks.
6. We are fighting the power
Obviously, women who choose to wear their hair in a way that doesn’t conform to European standards of beauty display a degree of pride. But, it does not mean you are going to see them walking around in Panther-face, marching with Al Sharpton or reciting Angela Davis.
7. We are lesbians
8. We are urban
9. We are also into twists, ‘locks and braids
10. It’s just a fad
I don’t think this one even deserves an explanation.
Are you a natural woman? Have you ever been per-judged based on your hair style?
LaShaun Williams is a Madame Noire contributor and columnist whose work has appeared in the New York Times and across several popular sites, such as HuffPost Black Voices and the Grio. Visit her blog Politically Unapologetic for more on love, life and culture, or follow her on Twitter @itsmelashaun and Facebook.
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