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Kinky Hair, Don't Care

Mar 11, 2016 10:41AM ● By Adedoyin Otolorin
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Most of us have heard of the term "good hair" and have heard it in association with
bad" kinky hair. Black hair has not always been considered beautiful, and even till today is still looked down upon by too many as unkempt, nappy and unprofessional. This view on black hair has a negative effect on black girls/women and our relationship with our hair.

Hair is important to a woman's overall look. Having hair that is not considered put together or beautiful can cause a lot of hate towards it and affect an individual's self-esteem. In a society that upholds the European standard of beauty, black girls are taught to desire everything else but what we have.

There is a long history of changing the texture of black hair from kinky to straight, starting from the invention of pressing combs to straighten out the hair to the use of relaxer to the use of weaves and wigs. Although there is nothing wrong with exploring with weaves, wigs and other hair type, this should not overshadow the love for our natural hair type.

Now with the natural hair movement, we see that people are embracing their kinky hair and the standard of beauty is slowly evolving. Most of the problem has been the lack of resources and information on how to maintain and care for our black hair. This is especially true for those ladies that since childhood have had perms or used relaxers.

There are now so many resources and hair care videos especially those easily accessible on YouTube teaching black women how to appreciate and care for our natural hair. "Natural" ladies can learn how to work with our different hair textures because not all natural hair is the same.

Some natural hair YouTubers to explore are: naptural85, neffyfrofro and mynaturalsistas. Apart from the new appreciation of natural hair, there is more desire for extensions such as braids, twist, crochet braids, locs and hairstyles that are imitations and/or are associated with kinky hair. These different hairstyles show the versatility of black hair and explore so much that can be done. Nowadays black women are encouraged and supported in diverse ways to enjoy the glory of our natural hair and to explore extensions and other hairstyles. 

These are some hairstyles that show the beauty and diversity of natural hair.

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Hair style: Two strand twist Pin and tuck (protective style) 


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Hair style: Braided extensions


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Hair style: Naturally curly 2c/3a, Model: Andala


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Hair style: Twist out 


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Hair style: Locs 


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Hair style: TWA  


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Hair style: Afro


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Hair style: Bantu knot out Model: Octavia Pickett 


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Hair style: Twist out, Model: Ethereal 


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Hair style: Colorful Locs, Model: Amber Mohammad 


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Hair style: Twists


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The ladies from Island Design natural hair salon 


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Hair style: locs


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Beautiful ladies from the Philadelphia hair show


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Hair style: Protective styling


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Hair style: Yarn Faux Locs , Model: Famatta Kiamue 


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Hair Style: Brazilian Curly Blow dry straight , Model: Wokie Kiamue


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Hair style: Commercial Hair integration, Model: Bianca 


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Hair style: Locs, Model: Lauren


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Hair style: Locs, Model : Malik


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Hair style: Big Chop Model: Ms. Mary


FunTimes Magazine is grateful to Hermion S. Beauty Boutique, Lela's Braiding Gallery And Philadelphia Hair Show For these images


About going to get my hair cut real short. That's when threats of locking me up in my room begin to fly. However, they both know that if I feel like it, I'll do it and they'll just have to live with it. Unfortunately, that also means I'd have to live with their complaints and comments until it grows back but hey, I can do that. Well, maybe I'll wait a little while longer. Somebody pass me that phone, I've got to call the hair braider so I can have some peace in my household.

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