When I finally decided to be natural it was a decision I could not have made on my own. As mentioned before, I never entertained the idea so I couldn’t picture it happening, yet for some reason if I were to be truly honest, I had to admit that being natural was on my mind.
One day I did a fresh sew-in on my hair and I was definitely feeling glamorous. You know how we ladies get with a fresh sew-in of 20-inch hair (hey runway!).
Well, my handsome older brother came over and as soon as he walked in he said these impacting words to me:
“You’re not you behind that weave(affiliate link) or that white stuff (relaxers) that makes your hair flat like paper. Just be natural, it’s you!”
I looked at him in bewilderment thinking, why did he say that when my weave(affiliate link) was clearly on fleek; however, I did understand him because I knew it was not the authentic me. The authentic me is who I needed to feel right with and that drive is what led me to begin my natural hair journey.
I immediately grabbed my laptop and googled “how to go natural”. So many blogs, vlogs, and videos popped up of people sharing their natural hair with the world. These women became influential in my journey and as such I realized how important their obligation was to a person like me who was just starting out.
As natural hair influencers we have an obligation to those who are not natural but are curious to convert to being natural.
Our obligation is to encourage them through the authenticity of our own natural hair journey that we are sharing openly online.
Now wait a minute. Before you jump up, smack your lips like Shanae-Nae and say, “I don’t owe anybody nothing, my hair is my hair”, let me explain.
I believe that natural hair influencers who chose to use social media to blog about their journey hold an obligation of honesty.
Originally posted 2015-04-25 15:00:20.