I recently saw a senior citizen sporting snow white Afro curls and thought ” Wow, she exudes class”. The flecks of light from the sun bounced off her angel soft silken strands, giving the impression that her head was crowned in a radiant halo.
As I sat behind her on the bus, I couldn’t help ogling. I was so engrossed in admiring her shock of hair that even when she had exited the bus at her stop, I found myself craning my neck to catch one last glimpse of her majestic crowning glory.
O.k., I know it comes across a bit corny, but it has been a while since I’ve seen a mature woman wear her natural hair out. It seems that many try to cover it – scarves, hats, weaves and wigs*, you name it, the real mane is very often hidden in women over forty.
It got me to thinking about why more of our older black sistas don’t rock their natural textures more often.
I’m not saying that many don’t have natural hair, it’s just that it is rare that you see them advertising it. Take the natural hair forums for instance, if you should check, you would recognize that the scene is dominated by the younger generations.
It got me thinking: do mature women perceive the natural hair movement to be a new age trend for younger women? The few over forty women I have seen so far who are interested in returning to natural, have their own set of questions and concerns, chief among which is “can you ever be too old to go natural?”
The answer is self explanatory I think, but for the sake of clarity of course the answer is no! Since the question exists however, we cannot simply leave it there, but explain the reason for the answer.
The question is whether you can ever be too old to go natural, not if you can gain extraordinary length after a particular age. Truth be told, even though terminal length reduces slightly as you grow older some mature naturalistas in the 60-80 category, have experienced phenomenal length retention; shoulder and bra-strap length so let us lay that issue to rest.
Age is a big deal to us women judging by how much we spend to look and feel younger and how some of us loathe telling our true ages. This is partially because we feel that the spunk starts to dwindle after a particular age.