I remember the closest toy hair to having my hair was a troll doll. Looking back there was less natural hair representation then there is today, due to the natural hair movement. Yet the natural hair movement today has its own problems, we barely see representation of kinky, coily, or unpatterned hair. The strange obsession with curls is troublesome. At one point my grandmother convinced me that I should get a texturizer to make my hair more “manageable”. After i first began this journey I used to be a bonafide product junkie. I tried “olive oil” this and “coconut” that and “100%”something. I tried to watch YouTube only to be disappointed when a few of my natural hair idols had extensions, vitamin pill endorsements, or superman genetics. I’ve a sophisticated relationship with my hair; I am glad to be natural but wish to see more hair like mine in media. It’s hard to love your God given beauty in a movement that doesn’t praise hair like yours. For me, being natural is about carving a space out for myself. Most days someone compliments my fro when i least expect it, I have good hair days and bad hair days. I experiment a lot with my hair lately and I’m definitely happy with my hair now that I’ve control of how I present myself. I’ve worn kinky twists, weaves, and crochet braids. I’ve had a braided up do’s, two strand twists, and sleek cornrows. I wish to adorn myself with jewelry of varying styles, wear clothes that make me feel good. I’m my own version of beautiful. I may not have hair that swings down my hair like my childhood idols, animated or real. Yet I do know when girls see me with my hair like theirs they’ve someone they will look up to and that’s what counts probably the most.
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