Friday, April 21, 2017

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC #BLACKGIRLSROCK - BLACK WOMEN WHO LOVE NATURAL HAIR On ROLLING OUT MAG!!!



Unless YOU really have been completely living under a rock for these last 10 years or so, then you ARE aware that more and more BLACK WOMEN are consciously choosing to embrace their NATURAL HAIR!!!

Keeping that in mind, the really good folks at ROLLING OUT Magazine spoke with six such women  for the BLACK WOMEN Who LOVE Their NATURAL HAIR JOURNEY Issue of ROLLING OUT.

Here are some interview interludes:


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KAYLA MaDONNA - ATLANTA, GA

In what ways does your hair embody who you are as a person?
As a photographer, I love art and being able to express myself in different ways, and my hair is one way I am able to do that. Needless to say, my Creme of Nature “Vivid Red” hair color does not go unnoticed. I love the look of red, and my partnership with Creme of Nature has taught me a lot about caring for natural hair and has made me more confident wearing it in its natural state.
Why should women celebrate the uniqueness of their hair?
Women should celebrate the uniqueness of their hair because it is a representation of who we are. It’s a form of expression and life is all about living out loud! I don’t think hair should ever have limitations and that goes for all hair types.
Biggest natural hair journey mishap in learning to take care of your hair?
My biggest mishap was using products with silicone and sulfates that don’t allow for moisture to penetrate your hair strands. 
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KENNIE NICOLE - SILVER SPRING, MD
When did you take the leap to natural hair?
I first cut my hair the length that it is now in the fifth grade mostly because I didn’t like getting my hair done. The scalp-scalding braids and perms never made much sense to me. 
Are there biases against Black natural hair?
I have heard many stereotypes about women with natural hair. Whether it implies anger, self-righteousness, or independence, the commonality in all these labels is a strength. 
Why should women celebrate the uniqueness of their hair?
Black hair is the only texture that chemical processes cannot really simulate. They teach us that it is unruly, unprofessional and unattractive because they can’t have it. Know that your hair isn’t hated; it’s envied.
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MARYUM RABIA - RIVERDALE, GA
In what ways does your hair embody who you are as a person?
Natural hair is carefree and wild. It’s interesting and unpredictable. And sometimes it’s disappointing but it’s always beautiful.
Are there biases against Black natural hair?
A lot of Black people still struggle with accepting their natural hair. Some people won’t wear their natural hair out to work out of fear of judgment or disciplinary action. Even people that are natural manipulate their hair to get a certain curl type or texture. When you see these pages on social media dedicated to praising natural hair, it’s almost always the same type; loose curls and waves. The posts showing the beauty of tight, kinky hair are few and far between. 
Why should women celebrate the uniqueness of their hair?
We should celebrate the uniqueness of our hair because every coil and wave and curl and kink or lack thereof is a part of what makes you, you.
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MAYA JEFFERSON - ATLANTA
Why natural hair? 
I realized how much I can do with my hair — literally, any and every hairstyle.
In what ways does your hair embody who you are as a person?
I think of my hair as a crown, I am a queen so that’s how my hair embodies me as a person.
Why should women celebrate the uniqueness of their hair?
Black women should celebrate the uniqueness of their hair because a lot of people want what we have but can’t get that.
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SARA NAOMI - ROCKINGHAM, NC
When did you take the leap to natural hair?I leapt into natural hair twice. I originally transitioned to natural hair in 2011, however I was intimidated by lack of knowledge about my natural hair. I got a relaxer and a haircut but transitioned again due to perm burns. Transitioning was kind of tough. I was embarrassed because here I was in my 20s, a past cosmetology student and I had no idea what to do with my hair. I had a small breakdown and one day while standing in a room by myself, I told myself that I am a smart girl, more than capable of figuring things out and lack of knowledge was not an excuse. I sucked it up, got on YouTube and started doing my own research and I’ve been happy with my hair ever since.
In what ways does your hair embody who you are as a person?
My hair is the perfect embodiment of my personality. It’s free, wildly untamed and generally low maintenance if you take care of it. That is definitely me. Also like me, I feel like it is most beautiful when I leave it alone and let it do its thing.
Why should women celebrate the uniqueness of their hair?
I think women should celebrate their uniqueness in general. We all bring something beautiful to the table and we should embrace it, whether the world accepts it or not. 
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SYE KIDANE - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
When did you take the leap to natural hair?
I made the leap back into natural hair around two years ago when I decided to leave the hair dyes alone and let my hair do its own thing. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
Why natural hair? 
I chose natural hair because I wanted to learn how to embrace an essential part of being a Black woman. I feel that our hair is unique to us and is truly what makes Black women so beautiful.
Why should women celebrate the uniqueness of their own hair?
I believe that women should embrace the uniqueness of their hair because diversity is what makes women so beautiful. As Black women, we should embrace our natural hair whether we’re natural sisters or prefer weave because our hair is unique and distinct to us. 
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