GOING NATURAL. IS IT THAT DEEP?!!

Hiya,
Its the weekend already and the last Day of the first half of this year!! God is Good!! Well today I am going for my first ever hair meet up and its called NATURALS IN THE CITY 3. Its the third time the organizers are doing this event and from the pictures I saw from the last one, its gonna be a fun event. So if you have nothing doing today and you are in Lagos, come on out to the meet up, Id love to meet my readers :) For more info, here's a link.

So with the 'NATURALS' meet up on my mind, I remembered an article I read sometime ago on Curly Nikki talking about AFRICAN Vs AFRICAN AMERICAN HAIR PRACTICES.

Basically, the post and comments focused on how in Africa, our tie to hair is not as intense as in the West  because most of us had compulsory natural hair in secondary school and going natural to those in the West is more of a big deal and based on more of a conviction than for Africans who most likely have seen their natural hair. The writer pointed out that African's love for relaxer could have been borne from their wanting to disassociate from those secondary school years...

You see, the writer had a point but you need to read the hot debate that went down in the comments area between Africans and African Americans. It was very uncomfortable to read some comments by some of the Americans, they were offended by the notion that most Africans view hair as JUST HAIR and going natural was not some kind of declaration of independence. As you all know I am not natural so I can't speak for those who have decided to go natural but I can ask them(hee hee), African Naturals O, please whats was your motive for going natural?

Instyler Hair Straightener And Curling IronTill this article I thought it was more of a health thing when people went natural, didn't know for some or most Americans it was a deep rooted issue oh. But in my opinion, I agree with the comments by Africans that said here we are not that sensitive about hair. Its very true, most of us have seen our natural hair in its natural state or have people around who have natural hair so to most of us, we are not trying to quench our curiosity, again with the way hair is treated here you can see the value placed on it and its really low that it has become sad! Hair in Nigeria (let me speak for my country) its a matter of, if you have that's your luck, if you don't, Oya buy human hair, make we hear word! LOL. So you do not know the joy I feel when I know that I am changing peoples views on this hair issue and that there are other Nigerians starting to do the same thing, so much so we have a MEET UP?!!Wow, things are definitely changing for better.

I am not saying hair should be a seriously deep rooted issue for us oh, but it should be serious enough to make us take care of it, Shikena!!

Please read the article and tell me what you think and Lasgidi ladies, see you at the meet up :)

   Xxx

Dabs

6 comments:

  1. hi,.,i've been reading for a while now!first time commenting,.,i'm fulani and my hair is to my waist!but i feel like it is never ever that serious!i see ppl get into heated arguments because of natural hair, relaxed hair and wat not nd it irrkkss me to no bounds!ppl need to chill!

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  2. i'm natural but thats a personal decision i took because my hair was badly damaged. i may or may not go back to relaxer.there's no deep rooted issue in it for me.

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  3. Hmm, I read "the hot debate". Out of the 84 comments, I agree with only 1 person, that is IFY. She was on point about Nigerians relaxing their hair as a matter of choice.
    Let me recount my hair experience:
    I didn't get my first relaxed my hair until I 1st term JS 3, I was about 12/13. I wasn't allowed to wear a weave until I was 18/19. I went to a mixed Fed Govt College outside of Lagos and girls were allowed to grow their hair or have it cut short, as long as your hair was neatly braided, and well kept. It was a matter of choice. My mum had to relax my hair, because she felt it was easier for me braid it my self, thus how I learnt to make hair. I had a bi-racial friend, who used to get punished on a regular because no one wanted to make her hair. Why? Remember the movie, The Lion King, Simba's dad's hair? Yep that's how this girl's hair was when she loosened it. By 3rd term just before JSS exams my hair had begun to break BADLY. So my relaxed hair got chopped and I was back to natural hair again. Until I relaxed it again 1st term SS2. Then in 2006, when I went back to natural hair again, that lasted to 2008.
    Where was my mum in all this? Laughing at me or complaining bitterly every time I did something new to hair.
    At the end of the day, the reasons why any us do what we do with our hair, all boils down to personal choice and opinion.

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  4. I like your conclusion. It is not a do or die affair, but it shouldn't be neglected.

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  5. Thanks ladies for your comments and I am glad you all share my view, it should really be a matter of choice

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  6. I have noticed that quite a few people have decided to go natural as a way of relating to where they came from .. or a more natural state. And I suppose I can identify with that.

    To people who take it too seriously, and make it solely into a race, ethnic or heritage issue I'm not too sure about that. But I suppose for persons who have grown up outside their 'mother-land' it is a sense of identity and possibly one of the ways they can have a claim to their home. Where as people who are living in their native country don't feel the need to proclaim their heritage.

    I decided to go natural simply to give my self a choice, so that I could wear my hair 'curly' or 'straight. It's as simple as that!

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