I have been invited to speak at a natural hair meetup called Curly Divas Luncheon. This gathering of Naturalistas is being organized by the very inspired La’Nisha Lenore. I marvel at the younger generation of Naturalistas and admire their passion for discovering and celebrating their natural hair. Despite the current marketing hype regarding transitioning, transitioning from chemically processed hair to natural hair has been around since the 1960’s. As most women wore their hair either pressed and curl or chemically relaxed, in order to get an Afro, they had to either cut their permed hair off or let it grow out. So there were Big Chops back then to, but no language to describe it. Sister just did it. They showed up at the Barber’s and said, “Cut it off”! As the old adage goes, there’s nothing new under the sun.
There then came a time around the early to mid 70′s that naturals (Afros) faded out somewhat, but then there was a resurgence of natural hairstyling that sprung up again in the late 70’s (when I began doing natural hair even before coining the name Khamit Kinks) and it has been a slow, but steady, evolutionary progression of black women discovering, experimenting and loving their natural hair.
Following the rage of the Afro, were braided and twisted styles with and without extensions. With the hair sitting and resting in braids and twist for weeks at a time, without realizing, again, many sisters naturally transitioned to natural hair. Today many young sisters discovering their natural hair prefer to wear their hair out, free and loose, to experiment with their own natural curl pattern. I am happy to see and participate in the revolutionary way natural hair is being celebrated. It gives me hope for future generations. I’m excited to sit down with these young sisters as the elder/expert in this movement and share, learn and exchange for the greater good of our kinky roots, our heritage and the overall health and appreciation of our hair. More meet ups like this occur around this city and around the country on a regular, so keep your ears and eyes peeled. In the meantime, we’re going to rock it out at Curly Divas Natural Hair Brunch.