It’s no secret that the natural hair transition movement is huge and the numbers of women [and men] who are making the change are increasing immensely. To measure the growth, just look at huge retailers like Target and Walmart who have sections in their isles devoted to natural hair care product. Also look at the increasing number of hair care companies who have developed new curly hair product to support the rush of transitioners – it’s simply mind-blowing! You certainly can’t say a CURLYgirl(guy) doesn’t have option because now we do and we will certainly have more coming our way. The growing variety of options are certainly a cause for celebration!!! Another great result can be seen in the media. If you look closely at national print advertising and TV commercials, black women are featured with all types and textures of natural hair. If you haven’t noticed, check out Natural Hair in The Media’s blog as a reminder. It’s great to see.
I came across this New York Times Op-ed article and video by Zina Saro-Wiwa that really explains what she, you and I went through as we transitioned. Once the BC [big chop] or transition is made, there is self-awareness that overcomes us. We ask ourselves –
How do we care for our hair effectively?
What hair products should we use?
What food(s)/vitamins are best for our hair, skin and nails?
What is the difference between Organic & Natural?
Am I the only one who is experiencing this issue?
And the questions can go on and on because it is an endless pursuit to do what is right for this “new self” that makes you want to be the best you. Or at least that is how I see it for myself.
The transition promotes a slight sense of freedom – it is ok to BE YOU, no matter what.
NON-TRANSITIONERS: For those of you who are reading this and who havent made the transition yet, I say do what makes you happy but don’t be afraid to JUMP and make the transition. It will not be easy at first but like most new things in life, you will eventually learn how to handle it and enjoy the process.
To read the full article by Zina Saro-Wiwa, click here –>Black Women’s Transitions to Natural Hair
I have a prediction or more like a hope that with this #naturalhair boom, with hopes that it is not just a fad [remember that Lauren Hill/ Badu era where everyone had locs and such for a hot min] and that with this transitional boom, African-Americans take back the Black hair care industry from the Korean’s or at least a 50% of the business. It’s definitely an opportunity for change.
Feel free to Sound off! What are your thoughts?