Last week, I shared an article with BGLH.com titled 10 Celebrities Who Look Better With Natural Hair, citing Viola Davis, Solange, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, and others. The opening went like this:
“I’m a firm believer that natural hair IS for everybody… the hair that grows out of your scalp is meant for you! However, there are some people – myself included – whose natural hair looks so much better on them than straight hair that it should have always been, and should always be, their first choice. Sometimes those people happen to be famous, so here are a few celebrities whose looks were revolutionized once they went natural.”
It was a pretty straight forward article – or so I thought. Some commenters felt that the language of “better” was rude and hypocritical because naturals – including myself – would be tight if someone said they looked better with straight hair. I disagree.
Natural hair is the way our hair grows out of our head. It IS perfect. We need to get over being politically correct and start celebrating natural beauty, from hair to skin to facial features, if we’re going to expect the future generation of little girls to benefit at all from the leaps and bounds we’ve made in this generation around hair acceptance. Yes, everyone has the choice to wear their hair the way they would like, but they are going to look better the way they were made. You can be unhappy with your body, but you’re going to look better without breast implants than with them, because that’s how you were made! Yes, you could gradually bleach your skin to make it lighter over time, but you will look better with your God-given skin tone because that’s how you were supposed to look. These examples all seem the same to me as the hair one – and I think by getting caught up in the runaround of everyone can choose what they want and you can’t say one thing is better or worse is counterproductive to one of the goals of the natural hair movement, which is to normalize and celebrate black beauty. Saying that someone looks better with natural hair does not have the same derogatory insinuations as saying that someone looks better with relaxed hair or a straight weave, because the latter implies that they look better according to European standards of beauty, which were forced upon us through slavery, colonization, and globalization.