With all of this Hilary Clinton hoopla swirling around, it really got me thinking about feminism, womanhood, the celebration of that and where black women fit in, if at all, mainstream feminism. That train of thought then got me thinking about how important the natural hair movement really is for the progression and celebration of black women and why it should matter to every woman. Sigh. A mouth full, I know. With that being said, here are 3 things you, yes you and all your gal pals, can learn from the natural hair movement.
1. It encourages women to celebrate their natural hair-Obvi! The natural hair movement is helping black women take something that they have been told they should hate and change and turning that into something to wear with pride and glee. All women can apply that to their lives. A celebration of aspects of themselves they have been told they should hate. Celebrate girl!
2. The natural hair movement helps women create their own beauty standards- After about centuries of being bombarded with European beauty standards, the natural hair movement is giving black women an avenue to say F*** your beauty standards, here are mine. Women across the board have the right to decide what they consider to be beautiful. My naps are beautiful. My curves are beautiful. My presidency for the itty bitty titty committee is beautiful because I said so!
3. We are DEMANDING more from our beauty products- We want quality products! When do we want them? NOW! The natural hair movement has turned most black naturals into scientists and have forced companies to provide quality, natural products to pamper our curls because we won’t settle for less. We are in control, as we should be. All women should demand more from their lives, people in them, their food, and anything else they decide. All women can be in control of their situations.
Here’s the thing, the natural hair movement is specifically for black women transitioning from chemically processed hair to their natural texture. While that portion of it is exclusive to black women (ahem, ahem), the runoff benefits of this movement impact all women and all women can learn a thing or 2 about self love, self preservation, and self creation. Love your natural self, create your own beauty standards, and demand more from every part of your life, girlfriend.