“You look Jamaican.”
“You’re a vegan right?”
“Want to come to this protest with me?”
Real talk… being natural ain’t easy. People make instant assumptions simply based off the fact you’re living your life sans perm and you’d rather rock a twist out versus a weave. And if you’re a loc rocker like me you’re religion, ethnicity and political involvement is always in question. The men in Harlem are quick to call me a Rasta and back home in Seattle people twist their face up at me when they see me chowing down on some fried chicken at the local spot.
Now I completely understand that this Natural Hair Revolution has come at a price. It’s new. It’s bold. It’s re-staking our claim in loving ourselves the way that God made us. But is anyone else completely exhausted with addressing ignorant questions and un-rooted stereotypes?
I admit that I love going to the farmer’s market, being involved in my community and buying local but I don’t light incense on the regular and get stoned while listening to Bob Marley.
I came across this funny animated video on YouTube that completely addresses some of these issues naturals like me face. What other misconceptions about natural hair have you been confronted by? I’m feeling like we may need an educational hour!
Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating OrganicBeautyVixen.com, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site TypeF.com, Jones Magazine, MySalonScoop.com and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at www.twitter.com/organicvixen and connect with her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
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