There's never been a better time to be African, black and proud than now. We saw this coming though with the struggles of such activist as Martin Luther, Rosa parks, and a new crop of activist of the 21st century that we've have come to be blessed with. From young Emma gonzalez to the feminist nudist artist. But that's just another discourse.
We saw this coming, the blackness, the hair, the kinky, the curls, the proud which drew it's origin from deep within the confidence of a man or woman with curly, loose, bouncy, full, or wavy black hair that is devoid of any perming ingredients.
Yes, I saw this coming. The Quan twins, bold and vibrant with full dreads, the various style stars that have graced our social media feeds. The naturalistas as fondly called. Thank you I say, thank you for the boldness, beauty and strength that you have made us all find from embracing the true nature of black hair.
Once upon a time, in Nigeria as far as I can tell, unpermed hair was a scourge, symbolizing unkempt-ness, poor or low maintenance. Now, the reverse is what we have. It is a declaration, an anthem, a symbol of emancipation, acceptance, freedom and perhaps a revolution. A revolution from the reins of damaging and bruising our scalp all in the aims of achieving straight boisterous, and of course bouncy hair texture.
Not to conclude that we do not still have such beauty standards, but seeing a woman or man with Afro now meant something different. We still continue to have hair extensions, weaves and straightening hair products but it is by choice, not a mainstream compulsion born out of a need to meet up or fit in with the beauty crowd.
Weaves now come in form of braids, slim, bold etc. We love this. Thank you to all men and women who have been apart of this.