I’m bored with my hair!

As you have read in the title above, I am bored with my hair. Although I am a lazy natural and do not take care of my hair as often as I should, every so often I find myself getting bored with my hair. After months of doing twist outs, braid outs, bantu kots, head wraps and puffs, I have found that I have become bored with my hairstyle choices. Due to the fact that I have become increasingly busy, I no longer have the time to do my hair and thus find myself repeating hair styles over and over again. Now I want to try something different.

I want to take a risk with my hair instead of constantly worrying about length and growth. I was thinking of dying my hair a random color such as silver or purple. I know that these colors are not the typical light brown or burgundy that most naturals tend to stick to when it comes to dying hair, but I do not like to do what everyone else does so they would be perfect for me. A streak of purple or a streak of silver would be new for me but it would allow me to move out of my comfort zone and add some personality to my hair and my appearance. However, I am terrified of having to repair the damage done from bleaching and coloring my hair.

I also thought about giving my hair a break all together and doing marley twists again. I loved my twists when I got them done last summer and I would not mind having them again, except I would want my twists to be much larger (I love big chunky twists). This option would be a win-win for me because while I can enjoy trying new things to the marley hair, my own natural hair gets to be protected from the winter approaching. Lord knows I love my twists but I am also contemplating getting faux locs again. One of the main reasons I love chunky twists is because they share a similar look to locs, so why not just get faux locs and call it a day? (the take down process is also much much easier).

As indecisive as I am, it will take me a while to finally make up my mind, but as for you all, what protective styles or new things are you trying with your hair for the winter?

@Pharrell interview with @breakfastclubam – A blind eye to #colorism


Preview of Pharrell’s Interview with The Breakfast Club .

Pharrell said that the racially ambiguous girl next to him was a black girl….For a person to talk about not perpetuating the “ridiculous standards and images the media puts out for women” and then be conservative in his approach by not putting a “clear” black women on the cover, seems like, at least to me, that I have to be a light-skinned black women to be considered marketable. I think Pharrell gets it but is copping out to the “bigger issue of women’s right” to avoid addressing it. Colorism is a real issue in the black community and ignoring it’s existence causes the issue to fester. If you didn’t want to put a Lupita on the cover, cool, but don’t pretend that dark-skinned black women have the same level of exposure as light-skinned black women. That’s a lie. Admit it’s…

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“@SpikeLee doesn’t ‘rant’, he tells the truth about white folks gentrifying Afrikan neighborhoods” – @rwinbush


“Spike doesn’t ‘rant’, he tells the truth about white folks gentrifying Afrikan neighborhoods all over the nation because crime, drugs and long commutes plague the ‘burbs. ” – Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of The Warrior Institute (TWI) at Morgan State University

Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every motherfuckin’ day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.
Have you seen Fort Greene Park in the morning. It’s…

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“I am not a Rastafarian”

dreadlocksI cannot speak for American culture, but I have noticed in West Indian culture, if a person chooses to wear dread locks, they are automatically a Rastafarian. For those who are unaware, a Rastafarian is a person who practices Rastafarianism, a religion originating in Jamaica. People who follow this religion abide by certain criteria such as wearing dreadlocks and refraining from consuming pork. In Jamaica, Rastafarians are rejected in society and are considered to be low class citizens. Because of this stigma, the majority of Jamaicans do not wear dreadlocks so they will not confused with Rastafarians.

Even with West Indians who have migrated to other parts of the world, the stigma of wearing dread locks still resignates with them. Many West Indians automatically consider a person who wears dreadlocks to either be dirty or poor and thus a Rastafarian.

As a member of the natural hair community, I have to defend my fellow brothers and sisters. I don’t believe that it is fair to pass judgement on the way in which a religious group or anyone decides to wear their hair. It is not fair to the religious group, nor to the individual. I understand that with old ways of thinking, it can be hard to break the stigma, but it is in no way excusable.

Natural does not always equal curly

The majority of natural hair care seems to be achieving a ‘curly’ look with braids and twists. We are all aware that these methods are used to combat shrinkage, however, there are other ways to combat shrinkage without manipulating your hair. We need to embrace other textures besides curly and I feel that the African hair threading method does that. If you are tired or bored with braid outs and twist outs, you can always use this method to stretch your hair into a blown out style. There are other options out there, we just have to find them.

Natural hair survives into the after life

ImageThe picture that I have posted above is of 2,000 year old mummy found in Egypt. What fascinates me about this discovery is that even after being embalmed for over 2,000 years, the kinks on the head of this mummy are still intact. Away from proving that ancient Egyptians were indeed black, this discovery also brings about the question of how is this possible?

To the Egyptians, hair was seen as a status symbol and so they always wanted their hair styles to stay in place and last for a while. In order to accomplish this the Egyptians used a fat-based gel in their hair. Because they didn’t want the hair to degrade as much as the body would, they would also use this gel in the hair for the mummification process. You can read the article in full detail here. 

The gel used is still unknown but I sure do hope they are close to finding out what type of gel it was. I can barely get a style to last more than 3 days, much less years after I’m dead. Do you know what would happen to the natural hair community if that gel was sold in stores?

Natural hair and spoken word


It almost seems as if natural hair and spoken word go hand in hand, but why is this so? Why does wearing my Afro automatically make me a target for spoken word events, poetry fests and neo-soul concerts?

From the research I’ve done, the stigma of peace, love and Afro’s dates back to the 1960s. During this period in American history, a group of people emerged who were named ‘hippies.’ Because the nature of the hippies was nonconformity, some of the hippies would wear out their Afros and try to spread peace in a time where war was prevalent. Also during this time, because an Afro represented nonconformity, it was a major identifier of the Black Panthers group.

Naturally it makes sense that people connect Afros either with peace and hippies or with nonconformity and the black panthers. However, one would think that with all of the political ‘progress’ that America has made, this stigma would have either disappeared or died down over the years. This is not the case. Now with the natural hair movement on the rise, these same stigmas are now back in action. Will they ever truly go away?