Inspiration exists in plain sight. You simply have to know where to look.
Inspiration can be taken from a lot of places. Just check out Scarlett Johansson's Dolce & Gabbana advertisement at the end of the article if you don't believe us. Especially for us in the textured hair community, we find inspiration in bloggers, vloggers, random humans walking on the street. You show us your natural beauty and we show you our natural love. It's just the way of the beast.
Of course, those outside our community aren't always so open, which isn't generally a problem. We can ignore the news lady with perfectly straight, non-moving, bleach blonde hair. After all, who wants that anyway? There isn't a strand out of place on her head, and given that life is a random mess of chaos, her perfect hair makes me wonder where she is letting out her chaotic tendencies, and the thought of what her home may look like semi-frightens me.
When it does matter, though, is when it hits close to come. It matters when our significant others don't see the power, the love and the beauty in our natural hair choices. Just take the woman who dished to CurlyNikki that her husband gave her a ultimatum, "straighten your hair or I'm gone!" The community lit up in a flurry of anger that engulfed the natural hair intra-web faster than "The Hunger Games" mania spread. Seriously, am I the only one who didn't see that coming?
"He loves my crazy-maniac-madwoman-just-got-out-of-the-shower hair. He is like the lawyer for my natural hair!"
Alas, dear curlies, inspiration exists in plain sight. You simply have to know where to look.
Salma Hayek recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "For 45 years, I've got this big hair and these big boobs, and I'm this tiny person. Sometimes you just want to be…smaller." But when her husband weighs in on the issue, she states, "He loves my crazy-maniac-madwoman-just-got-out-of-the-shower hair. He is like the lawyer for my natural hair!"
That is what we need curlies. To find men who will not only love our hair despite our deep conditioning treatments and satin pillowcases, but who will advocate for them, encourage us, INSPIRE us, if you will.
If Salma, the self declared acne-prone 25-year-old who couldn't even pay rent, can find a man who loves and appreciates her for her big, natural hair, you can too!
You tell us: does your significant other advocate for your natural hair? If so, send in your story and you can be featured on the site!