“You’re going to look like a man!” This is one of the most common phrases you’ll hear when you declare that you’re going natural. I can relate to this reaction because many of my family members said this to me when I said I was going to do the big chop in 2008. Despite their criticism, I did the big chop and actually I felt more feminine and confident than ever before in my life. So why is natural hair considered masculine?
Natural Hair Discussion
In latest episode of BK Supernaturals, several industry personalities (SheaMoisture’s Brand Ambassador Diane C. Bailey, Jenell Stewart of Kinky Curly Coily Me!, Imani of Tribe Called Curl and Rhadames of Follicle Film) share their views on the femininity (or lack thereof) of natural hair. A few of the points that were brought up about why natural hair is viewed as masculine included the internal stigmas we have, ideas of beauty beginning at a young age and the type of women that we look up to in mainstream media. A comment that was made by Rhadames, the male of the discussion, was that “if most men were all about natural hair, we honestly wouldn’t be here talking right now” and the women agreed. So why do we as women, allow our beauty to be defined outside of ourselves?
Watch the BK Supernaturals episode and share your opinion on why natural hair is viewed as masculine in the comments!