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Curly, Kinky, Wirey, Coarse, Wavy, Thick, Coily textures Are here to stay!

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Well, finally; wearing natural hair is not a fad and it is more socially, emotionally, psychologically and corporately accepted. Many professionals are rocking their locks and braids, natural textured hair weaves and wigs, afros, and their own loose kinky, curly or mixed-textured (mixed-race) hairdos even more today. It’s exciting to know that people are feeling more comfortable with wearing their natural-textured hair and getting away from using the negative term "Bad hair" “Overly…for coarse/kinky/tight curly hair.

Unfortunately, we still have those older relatives and friends who are still conditioned (unaware/unconscious) to hate/dislike their own natural hair texture and they make negative remarks when you decide to wear your own hair out. Some family members frown at the notion because of their traditional thinking-conditioning and brainwashing. Criticism from family members seem to be increasing as a result of many African American who are spending less on chemical products and wearing their hair natural (virgin/no relaxer). The unfortunate fact is, they’re not really receiving criticism and persecution from people outside of their culture. They’re receiving negative treatment from family members and friends who have similar hair textures. Meanwhile, most individuals who have transitioned to natural feel liberated and less burdened. Well, don’t allow your self-esteem and liberation to be stolen from you. Walk in your truth and hey, you may educate others in the process.

During an interview with an African American woman, she reported that when she decided to wear her soft-kinky natural hair out, one of her older relatives purposely turned up/disfigured his face and asked, "When are you going to put your relaxer in or hair weave or wig back on?"

In summary, he didn't like "her" as she is... which is really what he was indirectly/unaware/ignorantly stating...although she stated that when she also brought this to his attention, he argued against that fact. Naturally, she defended herself. Her brother needs to re-educate himself and revisit his African American history of being taught to hate and/or deny African heritage/image.

Articles on embracing natural hair and beauty:
Essence Magazine online: www.essence.com/2013/03/14/my-journey-natural-how-i-learned-embrace-my-c...

Black Girl Long Hair Blog: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2013/12/dealing-with-criticism-from-family-members-black-men-and-those-who-think-natural-hair-is-for-certain-textures/

My Sacred Beauty Blog:
http://mysacredbeauty.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/what-type-are-you-natural-hair-care-by-debola/

Prevention (health & beauty):
http://www.prevention.com/beauty/beauty/natural-beauty

Health.com “15 Ways to Be Natural Beauty
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20353933_1,00.html