Black women have long been expected to have hair that is of an opposite nature from their own natural hair but now at long last, the tide seems to be turning.
Celebrities such as English actress Thandie Newton seem to be pioneering a back to nature look for women of African ancestry. Though the nature of black hair is very different from Caucasian hair, there has always been a pressure for other ethnicities to emulate the Caucasian ideal of hair and beauty. Newton has decided to celebrate her natural curls so that her own daughters will have a similar appreciation of their own natural beauty.
More and more women of African extraction are now dumping the chemical relaxers in favor of letting their own natural hair to shine through.
In Chicago, hairstylist Emon Fowler recently launched her Harriet Experiment calling upon black women to give up the weaves and wigs and chemical relaxers; all starting with a clean shaven pate! She encourages women to let go of their “hair bondage” and to go for the Big Chop; shave off their processed hair completely and to start anew with their brand new, natural hair.
It can be liberating and therapeutic she says when women accept themselves for what they are and stop depending upon superficial extras to feel beautiful!