For anyone who thought Brandy wore wigs and weaves because she has no hair…well…here it is!! Singer and actress, Brandy Norwood revealed her natural hair and gorgeous afro on Instagram. Of course, not that it matters to us what she does with her hair, or how much hair she has. The measure of a woman is not her hair. However, this pic is refreshing. Brandy looks so happy and pretty.
I promise I’m not a hater. As a matter of fact, I think Kim Kardashian’s hair is really cute (sans the “black face” makeup…). These photos are a behind the scenes look at a photo shoot she she did with photographer/director Hype Williams. On her website she writes,
“Clyde Haygood and Joyce Bonelli glammed me up and we went for a fun, crazy look, channeling Diana Ross. Definitely a new look for me. Xo”
The Hollywood socialite and star of the hit reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians is known for playing dress up. She has also has done shoots posing as Elizabeth Taylor and Cleopatra. So, her posing a Diana Ross should be no big deal, right? Wrong. Kim gets a lot of flack for dating only Black men and fully indulging in urban culture from fashion, to making music videos. People constantly criticize her, accusing her of trying to be “black”. Should there be a double standard for white women who want to wear textured wigs and dark makeup when black women do the exact same thing with long, straight weaves and lightening makeup? Ouch…The thing we need to realize is that there is nothing wrong with enjoying aspects of cultures outside of your own. All skin and hair types are beautiful. One should be free to explore different looks. However, there is something to be said about being comfortable with who you are naturally. (See post on celebs who only wear weave.)
What are your thoughts about Kim’s new look?
The social media landscape light up in May after rapper and America’s Best Dance Crew judge, Lil Mama revealed her afro on Twitter. The star normally wears her hair straight and rocks a weave. Most women, (including myself) gave her praise for being brave and revealing her lush, full afro. Then of course you have the haters (trolls) who come out and only have negative things to say. In an exclusive interview with a Love Brown Sugar contributor, here’s is what Lil Mama had to say to the haters, along with her thoughts in general about being natural:
“I posted the picture of my hair and people were like ‘Omg you look like a shocked slave!’ I didn’t get one comment from a white person about my hair. All of them came from the sisters that had these bullsh** helmut weaves looking like a fake a** Nicki Minaj. They don’t know who they are. And the people they’re looking to for guidance don’t know who they are either, which sucks.”
I love that Lil Mama is reppin #teamnatural and her new frohawk is on point. What are your thoughts?
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This past mother’s day weekend, I found myself in sort of a mess. My kids were sick and I had a ton work to do (both around the house and freelance work). My plan A was to set my hair in twist for a twistout on Saturday night for Mother’s Day. Well, that didn’t work out. Plan B was to get up early on Sunday morning and figure out something cute to do with my hair. I did get up early, but the kids did too. Instead of fussing over my hair and neglecting the kids I decided to enjoy what this day is all about and that is being a mom. So, I played with the children, enjoyed my cards and flowers and moved on to plan C–The Afro. You might ask, why do I say it this way. It takes a lot for me to wear a full afro and I’ll tell you why.
I’ve always admired natural hair icons like Afrobella and Rachel O who seem to be able to rock their signature full afro worry-free and with style. For me, wearing an afro is usually a last resort. I think like many women, you don’t go to the salon and say can you “style” my hair in an afro. Oftentimes, women won’t even wear a full afro. They tend to tie it back with a headband or scarf. There’s something about an afro that sends a strong statement. It often commands attention both positive and negative. The afro is the proverbial “F- you” to society’s standard of beauty.
To this day, it still strikes an unnerving chord in many blacks and whites. For whites it’s an instant reminder of the struggle for blacks to obtain civil rights. For blacks, and black women in particular, it’s a reminder of what lies “beneath”. The afo says, “look at me, I’m on display for the whole world to see how African hair really looks,” There’s also the issue of differences in hair texture. You have the cute fluffy/curly fro and then there is the latter, (which I have) the kinky fro. The kinky fro yells, “I don’t give a ____! Say something else, and I’ll pop you in the mouth…” Okay, maybe not… I’m not trying to turn this into a political or racial issue. However, for me and lot of women, these are just some of the issues that we have to work through in order to embrace natural hair.
So, back to Mother’s Day. I’m standing in the bathroom mirror, like, “crap. I’m late for church and my hair is a mess.” Then it dawned on me, what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to celebrate who I really am? As a mother and a nurturer, I chose to nurture my soul by embracing and displaying the beauty of my hair–in an afro.
Tell us, what do you think of “the afro”? Have you ever struggled to wear one?
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