Naturally Happy, Why African-Americans Have Decided to Wear Natural Hairstyles

You may have recently seen an abundance of afros lately. Thanks to African American women and men everywhere, they have embraced the natural textures of their hair. Natural hair is described as hair with no added chemicals. These chemicals break down the original structure of the hair strands. The alterations might include perms and relaxers. Most do not want the excessive use of curling irons, blow dryers, gels, and sprays.

Why is there an increase of these stylish natural hairdos? One conclusion one can draw is that each of these individuals has accepted their ethnicity as beautiful, and then those who have chosen to follow suit. For years African Americans natural locs have not always been seen as attractive. It appears we have made a step forward into acknowledging that black hair is beautiful despite its texture or length.

An African American with long straight hair was frequently seen as a sign of acceptance among other ethnicities especially African Americans. Observing many men and women, I can see how the standardization of beauty is affected by a particular hair type. This concept is rapidly fading. It is quite obvious that many of these men and women refuse to be judged by a minor physical aspect such as hair. On the contrary they have also used this aspect and turned it into a positive statement. There is a myth that only individuals with a afro-centric character wear their natural hair texture. The truth is there is only one requirement and that is to be yourself and to be confident. How to grow long hair men depends on your preference. But you should always go for something that you are confident and comfortable with.

Because the African American community is made up of all shades of color, hair texture also comes in a variety of forms. Some have waves while others may have tight coils. Neither one is better than the other, just different. The range in the hair textures show the diverse blend of many cultures.

There are a mixture of natural hair styles , each unique to fit one’s personality. It is not hair style but how the style is worn which brings out their personality. Some of the more popular styles are afro’s, braids, two-strand twists, long flowing waves, and dread locs.

Celebrity’s have also helped with the movement of natural textured hairdo’s. Singers such Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Kim Fields, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and India Arie, at one point have had an afro or dread locs. As you can see they still remained beautiful and it took nothing away from their worth or performance.

There is nothing wrong with those who still wish to chemically process their hair and wear traditional hairstyles. For the ones who want to wear their hair natural this just continues to show the broad range of styles available.

In order for someone to go natural they must be willing to accept themselves as beautiful despite the hair’s natural texture. It takes commitment and patience to ultimately be comfortable and achieve a desired look. Natural hairstyles are not for everyone, but for many its lower maintenance, less hair stress, and a celebration of heritage and beauty.



Julia Arostegi lives in California USA. She took Developmental Communication at the University of California and finished her studies in 2012. She is currently the managing director of California Magazine. She is also a blogger, content enthusiast and a photographer.