The re-evolution of natural hair by Kristen Joy
Since I’ve performed the “Big Chop” and transitioned into natural hair, I have noticed natural hair becoming a lot more prevalent and popular among African-American women today. Going natural has been one of the most empowering, spirit lifting and fear binding experiences of my life. It has helped me build confidence and has helped me appreciate beauty from a whole other angle. Natural hair has always been used as a symbol of our heritage and beauty. It is a reflection of empowerment, freedom and style. Back in the day icons such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Diana Ross and Chaka Khan paved the way for the acceptance and beauty equivocated to natural, big hair and now celebrities such as Solange Knowles, Chrisette Michelle, Janelle Monae, Yaya Decosta, Corine Bailey Rae, and Tracy Ellis Ross have continued to carry the torch. Women today are wearing their fro’s as the ultimate accessory; adding their own personal flavor by incorporating different use of dyes, cuts, parts, volumes and extensions and textures. Is this wide spreading re-evolution here to stay or is it just another running trend?
by Kristen Joy
HBCU Buzz Staff