Below is a video made by a young woman who is not at all pleased with her natural hair experience.
Some quick thoughts:
-I think there’s a conversation to be had here about the way that natural hair product lines (particularly high priced ones) market their products. How often do you see (this is an actual question I’m posing to you all) natural hair product lines featuring models with nappy/kinky/afro’d hair? Go look around the kinky-curly website real quick. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Actually, I’ll save you some time; they all look like this:
The same is true for Miss Jessie’s, Carol’s Daughter, and we don’t even have to mention Mixed Chicks. It seems that the message sent is that natural hair is only beautiful when it’s curly and bouncy. Are companies like these profiting from an idealistic standard of beauty that many can’t achieve, due to DNA? Maybe this young lady just thought that using the products she used would make her look like the shiny curly heads in their ads?
-I’m certain that lots of people are going to label this woman self-hating. Is that a fair assessment? Everything just ain’t for everybody, right? And it’s just hair, right?
(Sad afro guy via)