Say goodbye to relaxers, affectionately known as “creamy crack”. More and more black women are deciding to rock their natural hair, and the number will continue to rise in 2013.
Nikki Walton founder of CurlyNikki.com, advises and inspires thousands of women every month with her natural hair blog and book, Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair! She is passionate about natural hair and encourages women to embrace it. Before she went natural she stated, “I felt 'unpretty' when my hair wasn't perfectly straight, and since my hair doesn't grow out of my scalp that way, I would always be unhappy and somewhat insecure until I learned to accept and love my hair for what it was meant to do.” She embraced it, and the rest is history.
The Facebook page, Kinky Chicks, also offers natural hair advice with comprehensive, inspiring, and empowering images and tips for everyone-regardless of where they are on their natural hair journey.
There are also many benefits to going natural. It’s healthier. Relaxing damages hair because it strips the hair cuticle. It’s very versatile. It can be worn straight one day and kinky curly the next. It’s liberating. Actress Viola Davis said it best when all eyes were on her during Oscar night 2012 as she stepped out with her natural coif. She stated, “I took off my wig because I wanted to step into who I was. I felt like every time I put on a wig I was apologizing for being a dark-skinned woman with curly hair.”