Monthly Archives: June 2012

Inspiring Video Captures the Essence of the Natural Hair Movement [WATCH]

I was tickled by filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa’s humor as she describes the uncertain feelings of going natural in her Op-Doc, Transition  This is a terrific video on the New York Times website that sort of summarizes the natural hair movement. The state of going natural is called transitioning–cutting out the relaxed hair and wearing the hair it in its naturally curly or kinky texture.  Zina Saro-Wiwa decided to document her own transition along with that of others. As the stylist shaves her head, she jokingly says, “God, I can just feel myself getting uglier.” The results of her transition completely contradict that statement, for she looks absolutely stunning. Like most women who go natural, I feel like I can really “see” them for the first time.

Zina was identifying with the feelings that many newly naturals have stating,
“I was forced to confront my real hair and doing this changed me. I had unknowingly transitioned” 
As a friend of mine so eloquently stated, “natural hair” is not just a state of hair, it’s a state of mind. For many of us, confronting our real hair challenges our view of beauty and ultimately how we see ourselves as women. “Pretty” takes on a new meaning. Going natural also spurs on a desire to address other body “issues” such what we eat and physical activity or the lack thereof. 
As Zina explained,
“Transitioning changed my relationship with my entire body” Going natural is really an awakening of health consciousness as we rid our bodies of chemical relaxers, unhealthy foods and other toxins.
Though most women do not see the natural hair movement as political and are just enjoying the journey, Zina believes otherwise. She characterizes the movement as a quiet internal shift toward self-acceptance, which in her mind  is “the most potent political act of all.” I would have to agree.
Do you identify with the sentiments in this video? Please share your thoughts about the video in the comment section below.

Quick Hair “Recovery” Style: Puffy Twists Pinned Back

Boy, oh boy, am I a busy woman! I was rocking an afro puff for an entire week!. I love my puff but it was time for it to go. However, I still don’t have time right now to wash and detangle my hair and all that rigmarole…I know this weekend I want to do a twistout. So, in preparation, I decided to restore life to my hair by doing puffy twists pinned back. Here’s a few tips on how I restored moisture and set the style.

1. First off, my hair was pretty dried out, so the first step was to preform surgery and add in moisture. Starting in the back, I parted a small section of hair for a medium-size twist. I got out my spray bottle with water and spray each section as I went along. Then, I smoothed out each section with peppermint oil and Shea Moisture Smoothie and proceeded to twist.

2. The twists turned out poofy because the addition of water swells the hair. I always say, just go with flow with natural hair and let it do what it wants to do. I also did not want to make the parts very neat because doing so in my hair’s fragile state would mean more detanlging time and possible breakage. So, I very gently finger-parted the hair.

Before: Hanging out at the Sox game
with the fam and “the puff”

3. I achieved the look you see by basically flat-twisting to the back each row of twist and pinning the hair down with a bobby pin. I did the same in the back by twisting upward. Once the hair was all gathered at the top, I simply twisted the hair down and pinned and tucked it underneath the other twists.

This is just a quick style you can do if you don’t what take down your twists right away, or are preparing for a wash. It also works nice if you have twists that aren’t very long. You can have even more fun with this style by making the parts neater and playing around with defining the puffs.

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