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Natural Hair: Above the Influence

By January 27th, 202120 Comments

Remove Formatting from selectionSistagirl1267 writes:

So, I’m sitting in my college dormitory; watching television when I could be doing something better with my time, and what do I see on MTV? A Living Above the Influence commercial that features a young black teen. She says, “So what if everyone is getting a relaxer; I’m going natural”!! I was so excited and surprised that I just had to share it with the Curly Nikki hair community! Be on the lookout for this commercial! Yay for Natural hair in mass media.

CN Responds: I saw this commercial last week… it was around 3am (like it is now sadly) and I was up for one of my early morning pumpings. I remember thinking, ‘Man alive! Did she say what I think she said?!’ I had the biggest smile on my face and immediately took it back and hit the record button so the hubs could see it. I couldn’t believe it! Loves it 🙂


  • My worth is not determined by the size of my 'fro says:

    I just saw this ad for the first time on MTV and had to see if anyone else was as happy with it as I was. I actually gave a thumbs up to my television set! Whoever thought this ad up should get a raise.
    Yes, it would be nice to see just an afro and not some long locks that are frankly nothing new, but the fact that they even said "natural" and she wasn't blowed-dried/flat-ironed to within an inch of her hair's life is great.

  • Tamar-Charmaine says:

    yup i saw this commercial and not to mention the september issue of seventeen magazine had the ad to this commercial with a whole above the influence self concept 3 page ad and i was like yay!!!!

  • Keshia says:

    I just saw and I smiled too! Taking it mainstream

  • Anonymous says:

    so many of us are very excited about being natural as the new thing goes by, i am hoping that it isn't just a trend and that it will become more of a realistic permanent thing, i love my natural 4a/b hair, i have received compliments from strangers and family members alike but also i have been given that look by some peps whom i don't care for…being natural is a bold definition of who we are and i am hoping that this lasts a lifetime…it is wonderful to see black women with their definition of natural hair being featured in movies and advertisement

  • Anonymous says:

    I saw this commercial the other week as well, I thought to myself…WOW! They made a commercial about this girl living above the influence, and she said…"I"M GOING NATURAL" I told my husband, "see, that's a great commercial! I was so excited! lol

  • Bianca says:

    What a wonderful positive commercial!

    It is great to see a young black girl on tv speaking positive thoughts and in control of her decision making and her mind!

  • Anonymous says:

    If you notice, you see more black naturals in commercials than relaxed black women. I love it! I've become a natural snob, lol sorry to say but I look at relaxed women as women who are ashamed of their own roots, literally and figuratively!

  • Anonymous says:

    I don't think we should focus on whether her afro was big enough of if she described going natural as a trend or whaterver. The fact is that its on a national commercial for all to see that natural may be a positive choice as appossed to chemicals. We can't exspect miracles! We got to crawl before we walk! lol

    I'm just glad that we naturals are starting to get more exporsure and people are starting to take our hair more seriously! Horay for Natural Beauty!!!!!:)

  • BerryCurly says:

    I seen this commercial during the VMAs and I was impressed with it at first. When I looked at it again the girl in the commercial was describing natural hair as like a trend. Is it just me or is she kinda putin natural hair in a negative spotlight. maybe Im jus looking at it wrong.

  • Anonymous says:

    Let's not over-analyze, is she transitioning? is her fro big enough? etc. I think it's a nice ad.

  • Anonymous says:

    I noticed she said she was GOING natural. Not already natural. She could be transitioning. Cool though

  • Lori Mc says:

    AMAZING!!!!! LOVE IT!! I'm posting it to my fb, too.

  • Anonymous says:

    The commercial was cool but at the same time I wish the girl could have more of an afro to better signify that she was natural.

  • Quaneasha says:

    Yes! I saw this a while ago and I got sooo excited!!! My SO was like "You are so press" lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome commercial!

  • Anonymous says:

    Very nice to see.

  • coilygurlp says:

    I was so excited when I saw it that I looked it up on youtube immediately to post it on my facebook page. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Love it! 🙂 ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    great not to sound negative I have seen more natural styles in commercials and even tv shows (my teenage daughter loves Degrassi )however in many of these natural there hair looks a hot mess dry not styled is the concept that if your natural your hair is going to look a mess

  • Anonymous says:

    big smile on my face 🙂

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