I’m Noree, a natural head, and loving every minute of it! My hair story/struggle began at birth, when I was born to an African-American father and a mother of mixed ancestry. On that day, The Creator made sure that I was blessed with all of my wonderful father’s genetics (hair texture, skin tone and all), but as a child, I didn’t feel so blessed. All I wanted was to look like my mother because everybody always told me how pretty they thought she was, based of course on their own narrowly defined beauty standards.
Well, to make a long story short, I went through every degree of insecurity that a Black girl living in the US could possibly go through, and all the traditional media images and messages that we are bombarded with on a daily basis only added to my distress (Can I get a witness?). So wanting hair that I could “wet, shake, and wear” became an obsessive beauty mission for me. And it took 13 years of frying and dying my do to realize that I’d been had. I started to read books like The Color Complex, Good Hair, Destruction of Black Civilization, etc. in my junior year of college, and I started to redefine, not only my own beauty standards, but my own spirituality as well. Continue reading »