Fro' Care, General

‘Fro Friday : A natural adventure.

I 4c a future like me” – Siqalala

“… I am the Afro.

Thick twisted, heavy.

I remind you of who you should be.

Aware of what you could be….

If you acknowledged me.”

Excerpt from a poem titled The Afro by Kalia Glover

Women (and men) all over the world are increasingly choosing to say goodbye to the creamy crack (relaxer) and rock their natural locks, kinks and curls as the years go by. This decision, now famously dubbed the Natural hair movement started in the 2000s and gained the most traction over the last 10 years. Although, of course, there were people who never ascribed to the notion that as a person of colour your hair needs to be made straight to be beautiful.

When I think of natural hair, particularly the coarser textures, I think of Siqalala. We call her Lah for short. Not only is she a beautiful woman, but she is one of the boldest people I’ve met in the last 5 years. She’s unapologetic about who she is, has presence when she walks into a room, is different yet she is herself always. Natural hair is the same. It’s beautiful, versatile, has presence and commands attention. It makes a statement on its own, without trying. The kinkier textures are gravity defying, growing upward and not downward.

But, with all this amazing-ness also comes the fact that it’s high maintenance.

One’s crown does not flourish if left uncared for. When it lacks moisture, isn’t cleaned regularly, isn’t protected daily, it won’t flourish.

That’s where our ‘fro posts come in. 😁

This year, we’ll learn the science behind natural hair, curl patterns and why certain products work while others don’t. We’ll learn how to maintain our crowns, how to protect them, style them, trim them when necessary. This year, we’re about growing in our knowledge and understanding of how our kinks, kurls and koils (yes that was intentional) function. We’ll maybe also touch on the politics behind natural hair, and the psychological effects that forced relaxers/perms had on our ancestors.

I’ll definitely also feature a few friends and/or family members who have hair, healthy natural hair because I believe there’s always something to be learned from another person’s journey.

Let me also quickly just slide it in that my posts focus on natural hair because that’s where I’m at in my life. I’ve been on this journey for a little over 5 years now, and so the decision to specifically post relating to unprocessed hair is because that’s what I can relate to. It’s also what I choose to celebrate. It’s not to shun anyone who has decided that relaxing their hair is better for them. At the end of the day, how we choose to take care of our hair is our own choice.

Now that that’s out the way:

To the gentlemen, I know hair care isn’t a big deal for most of you. But there must be something you’re curious about when it comes to women’s natural hair, right? Take that curiosity and turn it into a comment/question in the comment section below. I’d love to know what questions you have, and I’ll definitely take the time to answer them!

Ladies, if you have anything you’d like to see featured on this blog concerning natural hair, feel free to also let me know in the comment section. The more ideas and questions I get, the more relevant content I can put out.

Today, I leave you with one of Lah’s favorite quotes.

“Remove the kinks from your mind not from your hair.”

– Marcus Garvey

Grace & Peace to you & yours
– Xo, Jo 🌺

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