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Throw Back Thursday: Originally posted on August 6, 2011
Black Girl with Long Hair posted a photo on their Facebook page of Rev. Run’s daughter’s, Angela Simmons, tweet. It was a photo of her natural hair: long, thick and gorgeous! What is the first thing “sistas” do? “Dis” her through discouragement…
First of all, I will be the first to say I am no expert. However, I do know this: just because I wear a weave while having my hair natural does not make me a traitor of my “natural fabulousness” nor does it make my hair unhealthy.Why do women think this?
Maybe because our hair, when it is permed, can very easily be damaged when sewing weaves into our braids or having the weaves glued in. However, if I corn row my natural hair and pin a wig down on top, that is not damaging unless I am not caring for my hair. As long as natural hair regularly receives moisture, treatment and maintenance, you can throw a box on top and it will still grow!
I found the comments under this photo offensive. As you can see from the above photo of me (pictured with cute god-daughter), my hair is thick and healthy. More thick and more healthy than it has ever been, as a matter of fact! I love wearing it out too. However, I will throw a weave in quick! LoL! As a pageant contestant, I realize not all people in the pageant world are ready for the natural look of my hair, so I will wear a weave for the pageant. The same way a corporate setting may not be ready for a hot pink business suit with leopard shoes–so you will go with the black suit instead (and try to sneak in a pair of funky shoes, lol).
In April 2011, I won this pageant with this fabulous hair. My hair was corn rowed underneath–protected and just fine afterwards…
As a pageant contestant, I realize not all people in the pageant world are ready for the natural look of my hair, so I will wear a weave for the pageant. The same way a corporate setting may not be ready for a hot pink with leopard shoes–so you will go with the black suit instead (and try to sneak in a pair of funky shoes, lol). We dress appropriately for specific settings–and there is nothing wrong with that. Sometimes, we just want a different look and thank God He made us so that we can very versatile in our look! Don’t “Dis”Courage me–I Need IN: ENcouragement!
So, don’t hate, MOTIVATE and congratulate our sister who has hair that is long, curly, kinky or straight! And if she decides to be versatile and wear a weave, don’t discourage her, but encourage to look and feel her best. Besides, who says we can’t have the best of both worlds? 😉