I recently started thinking about where the average Nigerian is hair wise in 2014 and it is apparent that the new trend is "going natural"... This prompted me to think back to where we are coming from and where we are going. Unfortunately there's not much history to research on the web about Nigerian hair but I found below great article on thirtyroots.com and decided it tells the whole story.
Nigeria has always looked to the west for hair inspiration and I can testify that the styles associated with the average African American in the past three decades match with what the popular styles worn in Nigeria. So enjoy the read and let us know if you agree or disagree.
I know the title of this article is a question that we as African Americans have thought about whether through frustration with a “bad hair” day or looking at someone’s hair and wanting your own to look like or perform like theirs. I am sure many other cultures have had the same thoughts, but is there an underlining issue with African Americans?
I thought it would be a good time to raise the awareness of the “hair issues” African Americans have had over the years due to our past. These issues have affected, whether we like it or not, more than just our hair esteem, but in the words of writer Karsten Ivey in an article he wrote called Combing the history of black hair, “It’s about self-esteem, identity, politics, economics, history and race.”
Take the time to read through this abbreviated version of the black hair timeline from the book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps, and you will see the facts are an eye opener. This is not to divide anyone or to drive hate, but to educate ourselves and be enlighten to see that we have to take back our love for our Thirsty Roots and love our hair as a whole and love it individually. Let’s define our beauty through our own creativity and natural talents.
Let’s join together and begin changing society’s view of Black Beauty. Let’s join together to take back our definition of beauty in our hair, skin color, and culture. Let’s do this for our kids and generations to come.
Throw away the hate and learn to Love Our Thirsty Roots! In essence, loving on our hair, simple means to educate ourselves about how to properly take care of and maintain healthy hair.
Now we are at the end of 2014 and we are back to rediscovering our hair for what it really is; be it a fad, the latest fashion trend or our sudden distaste for relaxers we are back to appreciating our natural hair.
So what do you think about going natural and how long do you think this hair phase would last?
Article written by Ade Balogun of Locitude.blogspot.com with parts curdled from http://thirstyroots.com/black-hair-history/discovering-our-roots-do-i-hate-my-hair