We are born into this world with our natural hair...all curly/kinky/nappy (whichever term you prefer) knowing nothing else. We have no understanding or experience of our hair otherwise. As life progresses, gradually and slowly, some individuals are surrounded by others who embrace their natural hair and get creative with it including twisting, braiding, cornrowing, locking or just letting it be wild and free. Others immediately see natural hair as a negative to be tamed, controlled, subdued, straightened and managed and consequently the need for taking it through "processes" to keep it "straight" without the natural experience of just being. This takes time, energy and of course money and others benefit financially, and from a power perspective, by ensuring that you succumb to this requirement through the use of images in magazines, television, film and beyond and through models, actresses and etc., all telling you that you are not in fashion or beautiful or that to be in your natural state, in terms of your hair, is unmanageable or unattractive.
Nevertheless, some decide to "transition" to their natural hair which is an interesting term to use as it is the same word that is used when someone moves on from this life. The fantastically, intellectually minded Professor Cornel West of Princeton University explains, in a talk that he gave at Harvard University, that for one to be truly educated, transition must take place. Take a moment to listen to the short but vibrant video, where he breaks this down, per this link: http://www.a.com/watch?v=VFddhyHcKFo
So ladies, if you are ready to "transition" to natural hair...to regain your natural power, that's nice. If you need help doing so, come to this space for support and coaching. N.I.C.E. is a supportive space for those who are transitioning to natural hair or who are already there. Is someone telling you not to where your hair naturally? Are you lacking in courage to do so because you don't know how? Share your experiences with N.I.C.E. and I, and hopefully other members of N.IC.E., will support you with inspiring, positive words and stories of encouragement. To achieve the goal of something that is really meaningful to us often requires a coach.
Confidently Offering Advice for Courageous Hair....That's N.I.C.E.! This Summer, Free Your Mind, Free your Hair!