I remember earlier this summer I posted the picture above of my hair on Facebook, and a guy friend of mine commented and asked if I was auditioning for The Lion King, while a couple of others asked why I was trying to look "nappy." First off, I don't like the word nappy; I know some people use it as a positive but that's not how they meant it; secondly the Lion King comment was all kinds of messed up because we clearly still equate anything "African" with "unruly" and bad. I pretty much dusted my shoulders after those comments though; to put it plainly, I gave zero craps about their opinions, but I wasn't always like this. Before, I viewed my hair as something terrible and had accepted it as such which was a defense mechanism. It was so that no one's words could effect me because I had already thought the same thing they did. Now I'm way more confident about my hair and continue to flaunt it however I see fit.
It also makes me think about the backlash Solange has gotten over how she wears her hair; even naturals were jumping on her case about how she needed to do a twist-out instead of wearing her hair the way she wanted! So my question to you guys is, how do you handle the negative comments about your hair? Do you address them or do you sometimes feel bad about it? Let us know!
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