"I never saw beauty staring back at me."- On Loving My Hair and the Catalyst to Change

 

by Tammy of TheHitchConcept


When I started my hair journey almost 20 years ago (not a typo! – it’s really been that long), I stepped all the way into it. I wanted to know everything there was to know. It was as if I was playing catch up after years of not being kind to my hair, not being aware of the beauty that was my hair. It was long overdue. What I discovered during the process was that it really wasn’t about my hair. I mean it was…but not really. I learned some hard truths starting with the fact that not only did I not like my hair, but I didn’t like ME. It was the first step to the healing that I had no idea I needed. 

I was never my biggest fan. I never saw beauty staring back at me when I looked in the mirror but saying it out loud and admitting it to myself hit different. 

"Because you DESERVE to, that’s why!"



by Akilah Peynado of www.akilahpeynado.com

I’m calling all of my fellow Black women into the auditorium for a quick announcement with my bullhorn in my hand. I am going to say this once and for all: “Black Women it is okay to LUXURIATE”! Yes you read that correctly. I do not know about you; but, growing up in the Caribbean/traditional church community I grew up in, it was not common to see women enjoying- without guilt- the finer things in life. There was a lot of “hmm, that would be nice; but, we cannot afford it.” Or, the ever so and still very present, “Oh I can do it myself.” Even worse if a Black woman took too much care of herself, she would be labeled as “siddity” or “bougie” or in some cases “acting white”. Unfortunately this narrative continues to move throughout some conversations that happen in our society today.

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Andrea Lewis on Self-Love: It Is Not a “One-Shop, Quick-Fix”


Written by Ariel Hollie

Self-Love.

A constant topic of discussion.
Its meaning, still a blur as you spend countless hours scrolling on your phone.

Double tap. Double tap.

“Her hair is so pretty,” you think.
“Her body is perfect!” you applaud.

Yet, when you look in the mirror - you find it hard to return the compliment. Why is that?

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