It would be remiss of me not to mention instances in which we are just downright mean in the way we go after a child whose hair is not slicked down to our satisfaction and adorned with bows and headbands.
Hey wait a minute, can’t that be classified as child abuse? How about the way we have a heart attack over a child sporting cornrows we think are ‘too grown’ for a child.
I’ve even seen cases where we look at a child’s gorgeous hair and feel the need to say it’s not healthy just from glancing at a pic. Seriously? This is one of the not so pretty traits that exist in the natural hair community, traits that have others wondering what the purpose of the movement is.
We really do get uptight about some things that are just plain ridiculous. We need to let our hair down (no pun intended) and lighten up a bit sometimes. No one is saying there aren’t instances in which you may need to show concern but sometimes the way we go about it is just unwarranted.
YouTube forms a part of the Holy Grail
This is our go to for style inspiration, hair aspirations, recipes for those times we want to treat our strands to some natural homemade goodness and product proofing.
I honestly don’t know what the natural hair movement would look like without YouTube. Seriously, can you say you don’t nor have you ever gone on YouTube for hair related help? If you can say that hats off to you, but for many of us it is an automatic part of our routine.
In every family you’re bound to have the good, the bad and the indifferent. Let’s not forget that the community was born out of the need for a space where we can learn and teach each other about our kinks, curls and coils; a place of empowerment where we define our own standards of beauty. Let us keep the funny things about us and work on sifting out the negative ones that make our ugly show.