COLOR ME NATURAL: A Young Girl’s Guide to Having Natural Hair, Coloring & Creativity Book
It’s no secret that in the African American community we wrestle with the social acceptance of our natural hair state. We have such dichotomous labels as “good hair” and “bad hair” that continue to pin us against each other. This division also continues to perpetuate a negative perception of our self-worth, and if we don’t fall in the “good hair” category, we deem our hair undesirable and shameful.
I was an educator for thirteen years and when I would overhear my female students reject their hair because it was not good, over and over again, I was an interventionist. In our culture, we continue to repeat a generational cycle of the inevitable rite of passage, getting a relaxer. I recalled the first day I received a “mild-kiddie-relaxer”….I was excited. Finally my hair would be deemed appropriate and straight as it should be. My hair was thick and long when it was applied. As the years progressed, it became shorter and I began to hear words like “broken ends”. And then my hair would do this thing that beauticians would call “new growth”…the natural state of my hair would show up at the roots, uninvited, unwanted, and I was back in the beautician’s chair, getting another relaxer applied to the roots.
I created this book and the characters for middle school years’ girls that our struggling with their hair and being themselves. It starts with the hair follicle and penetrates into our spirit. When I became natural three years ago, I realized that it was less about a curl pattern and more about self acceptance. I would finally give my hair permission to be what God intended it to be…and nonetheless, so it would manifest in my heart and then my life. I realized that there were so many things I was slapping something else on top of to cover up and become what others thought was appropriate and okay. Becoming natural is less about a trend and more about a lifestyle. I want this book and the movement behind it to encourage others that the way your hair comes out is exactly how you should live, unrelaxed and carefree!
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