Don’t touch my hair

From learning to embrace your natural hair to getting useful tips on how to maintain healthy natural hair, this blog took me on an unexpected journey I sure hope it took you. From expressing my most intimate and scared thoughts about my hair, my childhood to my adulthood where I am finally comfortable with my…

Maintaining healthy natural hair

Like me, are you tired of the work it takes to maintain your natural hair, not to mention the products? The coconut and castor oils, the shelves of natural and synthetic concoctions we’re told we must use, the stickiness of castor oil and smell of coconut oil that follows you everywhere! All this and more…

Why are natural hair products so expensive?

The rise of wearing your hair natural has become quite the trend and has created a reputation for itself as women of colour are ditching the chemicals and opting to rock their gorgeous natural locks. But getting those tight curls, requires quality products. Through discussions on social media platforms especially Twitter and in my friendship…

Representation of natural hair in adverts

“when I entered the music industry with curly hair I couldn’t help but notice that I was surrounded by images of straight hair: on TV, in movies and in real life” – Leona Lewis This is true, growing up I hardly saw any advertisements that included women of colour with natural hair. Adverts often featured…

Natural hair, a constant concern in the workplace

An enslaved African had to determine how they would wear their hair to their job as they were not able to wear and embrace their natural hair and often forced to wear head rags. Some enslaved women had to style their hair to imitate their owners’ hair styles. This had led to the tradition whereby…

Natural hair: A carrier of messages

In early fifteenth century, hair functioned as a carrier of messages in most African societies. Historically, Africans took pride in wearing their natural hair in neatly, cleaned and well-groomed styles, making hair in African cultures an important aspect in identity. However, something simple as hair, particularly natural hair alluded to marital status, age, religion and…

Embracing my natural hair

Many of you may know that the pressure on women of colour to conform to traditional norms of dress and appearance have long existed in our society. Yet they still continue, especially the pressure on women of colour to wear their hair in a manner that is easy to maintain, presentable and beautiful. That is…