Is Natural Hair the End of Black Beauty Culture?

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Last edited by Guide28; 06-15-2012 at 12:36 PM. Reason: promoting a personal blog article
i'm pretty sure you can't promote this way.

and no, it's the beginning of a new phase of the cultures.
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This article made me laugh. I thought is this for real?
I have never "bonded" with anybody over getting my hair straightened. In fact, I love that I no longer waste my entire day in a salon listening to gossipy hens.

It seems a little odd you have 51 posts since 2001. Are you the author of this article? I guess you were trying to find a fresh approach to the natural hair topic.
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I enjoyed reading the article. Even though I've never had a bonding experience or experienced the stereotypical beauty salon atmosphere back in the day, the article conjured up wistful and nostalgic feelings. I went to the salon every other week when I was a little girl. Nothing spectacular really stands out to me but I do remember quite a few

It has been years since i have sat in a salon chair. I do think that it takes a lot for culture to just die out and i don't think that has happened. There has just been a change though that is no longer able to be ignored. I would love to go to a nice salon for a hair cut and just the experience, but i am wary. I do agree that the reason a lot of naturals may do their own hair at home is due to negative salon experiences and price mongering. At least that's been my situation. Becoming natural is a learning experience for many women and the effort we put into learning how to handle our hair has probably made a lot of us very protective of our hair.

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I can't read it either.
Also... What is white beauty culture?
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I accessed the article through Google. I dont fell that the natural hair movement is the end of black beauty. I feel like it's just the beginning actually. On top of that, i couldn't stand being in a salon for 3-4 hrs at a time. plus i refuse to entertain gossip

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No, it's not the "end of black beauty culture" for me, because the whole "beauty shop bonding" thing was not my experience.

When I was relaxed, I dreaded the salon. It meant endless (seemingly), wasted time (I spent more time waiting, than having my hair done), and more often than not, I wasn't satisfied with the results.
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I went faithfully every two weeks. I never participated in the gossip because I tend to be shy. That plus the fact that I knew if my stylist was tell me the business of the woman that just got out the chair, then she would just tell my business to the next woman.

I don't think it's the end of black beauty culture. I know plenty of women who won't go 6 weeks without a touch up and they are teaching their daughters the same thing. The beauty shop culture will continue, it will just be smaller. I still get a sense of the same culture through forums. I still don't say much because that's just my personality, but we discuss current events, celebrity gossip, the latest books, etc. The only difference is it's on my time and the perspectives are much more diverse. There's so much I've learned here that I never would have learned at the beauty shop. Oh yeah and you don't miss the juicy stuff when you get under the dryer. :-P

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I just really don't understand why the natural hair trend is constantly defined as a "revolution." Black people can't do anything without it being turned into a movement.

I liked your op-ed though. It's very well written.
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I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
I too enjoyed the article but feel there is no movement its just a bunch of women FINALLY seeing the light and accepting something BIG about themselves.

What a wonderful acceptance it has been for me and its only been 10 weeks. My butt will NEVER sit in a salon chair unless its to spin around and around while the wind blows thru my kinky hair!
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I don't even need to read the article. Black people need to progress. And this is a new age where we accept our hair. It's beautiful and doesn't need to be broken down to some empty lifeless shell to be accepted. Everyone accepts our hair except US!

Get with it people!

That is all.

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Can't access the article I think the black beauty culture will just adapt and evolve to include natural hair. I mean, there will still be extensions, weaves and relaxers but I think there will be an even wider range of styles, magazine features and products for the natural sisters. Maybe there isn't as much money in it for hair professionals (although the huge bag of products I have bought in the last 4 months might suggest otherwise) but the first salons and shops to really embrace natural hair and offer proper advice / processes / products will really be getting ahead of the game (I'm referring more to English salons here, as I'm from the UK).
NO it is NOT the end of black beauty culture. In fact, it is the beginning that it never had and should have had first. When it came to beauty and appearance this race has strived to be something that it never was and can naver be. The strict boarders of conformity only acted as not only a catalyst to the self denial we see today, but also a continuation of slavery. Chains and whips became racism and segregation. Rags became stereotypes. It's a damn shame that although womens rights have come so far, black women are still so close to posessing a mentale similar to those of women back when we didnt have a CHOICE to exercise our RIGHTS. With the introduction of more and more women choosing to go natural this can become a movement (if I may) that means more than just hair, but change. As more people begin to adopt this lifestyle, the media will begin to cater to it, no? And with this lifestyle change we will begin to see the present black media and culture as a hotbed for stereotypes and nefarious plots to make profit off of a vulnerable people who have lost their cultural identity because of tremendous hardship and traumatizing repression. If we change media, black media, we can change black culture as a whole. We can act as the first domino in an effect that will change the entire face of black culture as we know it. Think about it, if we change the media, we can change our enviornment. If we change or enviornment, we can change and educate the minds of the black people (including ourselves). If we educate our selves and change ourselves, we can change the world. We can achieve something greater, possibly the greatest thing our race has done in modern time. We can achieve true pride and self acceptance among ourselves. Every individual who is black will be able to never again be ridiculed, ashamed, harmed, or killed because of the color of their skin. A revoluton is a revolution, it is what it is. But we can use this to completely change what we all think of when black culture is thought about. This can be a force of the change that can come. More people can be empowered because of their race to be all that they can be, to contribute and stay true to the perseverance that the black race has. Anyone can view this as just an aesthetic trend or vanity. Anyone can see this as just hair. But it means so much more. Its like finally looking into the mirror and saying to your reflection "I love you. I shall never hide who you are again."
Ladies (and any gentlemen who happen to catch a glimpse of this humble thread), we can act as a vehicle for change. We'll change our hair today, the world tomorrow.

Last edited by ashleyj; 06-27-2012 at 03:01 PM.
Nothing is ending the's just really adding more to it because you see all these companies and kitchen stove businesses breaking their necks to capitalize. They realize that black women are SUPER consumers when it comes to beauty products..especially for hair and this is just another way to get paid while getting into black women's wallets. And so the bottom line is $$$.

But trust..there will ALWAYS be tons of USA black women up at the salon getting SOMETHING done to their heads...and that's whether they are natural or not. And frankly I think the majority will be getting something done to their hair that doesn't leave it in it's natural curly or kinky state. Hell, some of them getting weaves to look like it's in it's natural state. I see so many women getting Kelly Rowland's curly weave now...LOL! And before that they wanted Beyonce or Ciara's curly weave hairstyle.

So the black beauty culture will continue as it always has it is just becoming more expanded. Futhermore, being natural doesn't mean women aren't going to the salon. Miss Jessie's, AJ's, Hair Rules, and places like them have good business so black women that are natural or faking like they natural are sitting up in the salon too.

Sure, I think more black women are learning to do their natural hair at home and all that but that's nothing new.. black women have ALWAYS done their own hair and it never stopped the black beauty culture from turning it's wheels. Black women been doing quick weaves, sew in weaves, bonded weaves, braids, locks, etc all at their house for themselves, family, and friends for years and still do. So big deal some sistas are rocking natural hair that's not going to END anything for the BBC. I know some ladies with relaxed hair that use products meant for natural hair and still buy their regular stuff. So that's more money right there helping to keep the BBC going like a well oiled machine.
I think its the end of BBC for the author if she allows it to be. Romanticizing the idea only made me remember the insults ("girl you need to get a relaxer again I can't do nothing with this thick stuff"). The waiting, the chemicals, the smells, the gossip. I was the kid they charged adult prices.
I prefer the natural side of
BBC the hair shows, forums, Meetups, watching TV & seeing natural hair in every ad. I was never educated by a stylist the way I was by the women in 4a. BBC has evolved, so lead follow our become irrelevant.
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