Lately, I've been hearing natural hair referred to as, 'a look'. This is something that occurred before, but since I'm a rookie in the game, I'm noticing it more and more.
To me, a look implies something that is created. One does not decide to wear their hair natural to appear a certain way. If they did, their decision was for the wrong reason. Being natural isn't a style or a fad-- it's a lifestyle.
Some people wear their hair natural to nurture their health. Your hair shouldn't be left out of your health routine. For many, it is easier to have natural hair rather than worry about 'sweating out your edges' when you workout. Wearing your hair in its natural state may also encourage better health. You can't expect your hair to grow and thrive when you are putting toxic in your body. My decision to wear my hair natural was influenced by a combination of things. Health was an important factor, but self-love was the main determinant.
I decided to love myself entirely. Regardless of what society thinks, I am sufficient, my hair included.
Sporting your natural curls, kinks, and coils isn't for vanity. A little piece of me dies inside when someone says, 'Not everyone can pull off the natural look'. It only shows how far we have to go as a society. Natural hair is beautiful. Don't get discouraged if people don't agree with your choice to wear your hair in it's natural state. Show them with your actions why natural hair is a great decision.
Confidence looks good on anyone. Many people didn't like my hair when I first went natural. Instead of replying to the nonsense, I showed them by caring for my hair. Now that my hair is longer, many people don't have much to say, but that they love it!
"It doesn't matter what anyone says; all that matters is what you think of yourself." -India Arie