Oct 24, 2018

Is this my ‘Nappily Ever After’?

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In a time like today where natural hair is embraced, more accepted and women feel empowered to wear their natural crown, it is surprising to find people who still considered ones natural hair as being un-combed, unkempt and even nappy. 



In the Jamaican society, having a certain hair texture and length is considered as having ‘good hair’. This is due to long withstanding culture that values a person based on their genetics. Meaning if you’re ‘mixed’ you’re automatically treated better than everyone else. Because of this young people have trouble loving themselves. They’re ‘forced’ to constantly fix themselves to keep up with society’s trends.Regardless of how beautiful and healthy your hair looks and feels or the uniqueness of each person, any hair type that is too coily is seen as NAPPY.


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Imagine, I’m rocking my luscious twist out, low shrinkage with ideal moisture, bounce and shine. I’m feeling hella' confident and no one can tell me any different. But here comes my grandma, being as critical as ever, and she asks ‘are you really leaving the house with your hair looking like that?’ 
My confidence plummets immediately. I start worrying about how I look and a metaphorical veil of darkness just covers me. You might wonder why but it’s simple; she’s my grandma and I value her opinion of me. 

Most people don’t realize that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory; it sets her apart from everyone else and gives her the confidence she needs to remain different. To put it simply, my hair is what makes me special; it defines me.

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So what if I have to wake up earlier than usual to get a good hairstyle ( that probably doesn’t even turn out the way I want it)? So what if I have to use a million different products to get one style? At least when I’m done I’ll be able to value my hair even more. And truly appreciate who I am. 

From now on I’m saying goodbye to the notion that I have to be ‘normal’ to fit into society because frankly normal is boring, lifeless and draining. 

I’m stepping out and I’m wearing my NATURAL, KINKY, COILY, NAPPY crown and I’m embracing my ‘Nappily Ever After’. 


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  11. Thank you for sharing! It’s hard to hear the opinions of elders sometimes especially when they keep saying it.... but stay strong!

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  12. Interesting article I must say, this is why I believe that travelling is important in everyone's life. this way you to get to experience different cultures and points of view. As a child of the 80s in Nigeria, it was the norm to have on really beautiful hairstyles with beads. So most of the issues that are prevalent today with regards to Afros was not the norm then. Maybe in the last 10 years or so did human hair become fashionable in Nigeria and most women are forgetting how to rawk their natural hair. heck back in the day, the design of a woman's hair has been known to captivate Kings.

    Even my daughter has developed a love for plaits with beads. We're looking forward to our next visit to Nigeria to get even more beads

    Keep rawking your 'fro sistah

    All the best,

    Segilola Salami

    UK podcaster

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