I hate to sound like their is some huge conspiracy theory but…why do black women account for such huge revenues in the hair care industry (I believe 2/3) and we are such a small segemnt of the population? It is so sad that we have been made to believe that our natural hair texture is “bad hair” or “not manageable” when in all actuality nothing is wrong with it. I am a firm believer in the fact that God doesn’t make mistakes and that everything happens for a reason…so why do we manipulate our hair so much? If we were meant to have long silky hair down our backs we would have it. But we don’t…and I don’t believe that is a problem.
I have to give props to Carol’s Daughter products because they played a HUGE part in my enlightenment about my hair. When I was taking down my kinky twists and preparing them for the next round…I washed my hair with Carol’s Daughter Shampoo and applied a leave in conditioner. Oh my goodness!!! My natural hair is gorgeous! It’s so soft…it’s manageable…why have I been hiding it for so long?!? And ever since then I have been obsessed with my natural hair texture and I decided I was never ever relaxing it again. (www.carolsdaughter.com)
Now that I am in Corporate America I have finally learned that white people…as much as we think they care…for the most part don’t give a shit about our hair. When I wear my hair in natural styles is when I get the MOST compliments in the office. We are different and we should celebrate our differences rather than try to assimilate when it isn’t even necessary. When I told one of my close white girlfriends all of the drama I go through with my hair (the financial cost, scalp burns, extra styling) she was SO shocked and she asked me “Why do you do that? What’s wrong with your natural hair?”…and I was embarassed because I didn’t have a real answer for her…no more.
Although I am still relatively young (23) I have decided that if a manager or someone I work with will judge me based solely on my hair I wouldn’t want to work for them anyway! If my personality, degree, certifications, work experience and interview skills are ignored due to my SL’s…that’s really their problem and a blessing in disguise for me. If they will look past all of that and judge me only on my hair…what other superficial thing could they find down the road to nag me about?!? I know its easy to say but not so easy in practice…but it is true.
So…yeah…I am no longer brainwashed. I will cherish the hair that God gave me and make it work for me. 🙂
DISCLAIMER: This is my personal choice and my personal opinion. I am not going to be one of those natural peopel that starts talking shit about people with relaxers…everyone has their choice and everyone can do what they want as long as it doesn’t bother me (can you tell I am liberal?)