I had a sweet eight year old girl tell me how much she hated her own hair. She said her hair was ugly and that she wished she had someone else’s hair. That conversation is still on my mind which is why I have decided to blog about it today. The dislike of one’s own hair is echoed a lot in the Black community and it broke my heart to know that this little girl could not see the beauty in her own hair. To be completely honest, when I was her age, I felt the exact same way. There was a time when I thought my hair was a nuisance and a bother because I have so much of it. Even now it takes me hours just to wash, detangle and style my hair. Wash day for me is something serious, but enough about me. Getting back to that eight year old girl, I wanted to dedicate a post specifically aimed at little Black girls since so many find fault, error or shame with their hair.
This is not a post bashing anyone who chooses to relax or alter their hair in any shape, form or fashion. What you do is your business. This post is meant for all the little Black girls who feel disgruntled about the hair they were born with. First and foremost, your hair is an extension of you. Second, the hair you were born with is just as unique as you. Whether your hair is straight, wavy, kinky, curly, or if you are like me, you have a combination of all, your hair is one of a kind. Third, your hair, just like you is priceless and it is a thing of beauty. No other hair on earth is as versatile as Black hair and that is a proven fact. So you see, what you have growing on your head is something to be proud of because Black hair in itself is a phenomenon! You may not be able to see it now, but your hair is a crown of glory and it is a thing to behold. Take care of it, cherish it and as you get older, you will see just how wonderful your hair is.