If you are around enough black women on a daily basis, I am sure that you have heard some of them say that wearing your hair naturally is a “fad.” While there are a lot of women who take the natural hair movement very seriously, I have noticed every now and then the women who jump on the bandwagon because it’s the new thing to do. These are the women who don’t really care about he movement and are just doing it because everyone else is. So it is no surprise to me that edgeless Naomi Campbell is the newest member on the bandwagon. For years Naomi has been known to wear nothing but long silky straight weaves which are the main cause of the loss of her edges. it is no doubt that Naomi has been conditioned like many other black women that her own natural hair is ugly and needs to be covered. But her sudden change in hairstyles after being attacked for years about her missing hairline is a bit suspect. She has never felt the need to stop wearing weaves that were damaging to her scalp but as soon as this movement comes along, you run out a find a wig so people can leave you alone. How long will it be before Naomi sports a weave again? I give it a couple weeks.
The new trend in Korea is having kinky textured hair that resembles the hair type of Africans. I am not exactly sure how they are able to change their texture from bone straight to kinky, but it is being done. Many either wear their afros out, braid them into styles, wear dreadlocks or install box braids. The trend is also spreading to other Asian countries such as Japan.
But why is this a trend over seas? This makes me wonder why it is that kinky textured hair is more appreciated on the other side of the world than right here in America. Is it due to African presence being limited in Asian countries? Is the Afro/Asian culture from the Caribbean reaching Asian countries? Or is this a form of cultural appropriation?