What’s up peeps? It’s FRIIDDAY *does solo Mexican wave*
As I told you in my blog post a few weeks back I did some filming for BBC Three as part of their Body Beautiful Series. They called me in to share my views on natural hair vs. weaves. As you know, I went natural a couple years ago and would never look back. I am not anti-weave entirely but I don’t like outdated and derogatory perceptions of good vs. bad hair within the context of afro hair. I should also point out that I made several points which weren’t included in this short feature such as:
*The rise of natural hair blogs and open source natural hair care education
*Natural hair in the media
*The dangers associated with hair relaxers and long term synthetic hair use
*A history in perceptions of beauty
*Great afro salons to visit
*My list of bloggers to read
Nevertheless, the footage is now LIVE and you can watch it on the BBC website here:
Although it’s a shame that they only showed about 5% of what I said, I have two quick points I would like to make.
1) Good hair is healthy hair!
I’m not anti-weave/hair extensions, but I am strongly against the perceptions of good vs bad afro hair. A lot of black peoples notions regarding the perceptions of good hair link back to colonialism with mixed race black peoples’ features being regarded as more attractive than non-mixed race blacks; for example, lighter skin vs. darker skin, looser curls being preferable to tighter curls, or straight vs. kinky hair etc. By now we should be moving away from outdated western perceptions of beauty and know that there is beauty to be seen in all of the above.
2) Isn’t it easier to appreciate what’s yours than depending on what’s not and will never be?
If your health is in full working condition and you cannot leave the house because you’re reliant on some synthetic add-on or another to over compensate for a physical/and or mental insecurity, it is a dependency personality disorder. It might sound like I am being a bit extreme, but it is the truth, and unfortunately it is rife in the female black community and their relationship with hair :-(