This school sent the child home over her ‘faddish hair’ as they labelled it. What was so wrong with this little girl’s hair, I hear you ask? Was it dyed in several unnatural colours? Nope. Was she sporting a bizarre hair cut? Nope. The little girl was sent home for daring to wear her natural hair in dreadlocks hairstyle.
According to this school, natural hair styles such as afros, dreadlocks and natural hair are considered faddish. Since did embracing your own natural hair texture become a fad??! Back to the first headline at the top of this blog post.
It is no secret that there are many more people choosing to embrace their natural hair textures. Many of them wearing their unprocessed hair textures as loose afros, dreadlocks and other natural hair styles. I myself embraced my own natural hair texture about 3 years ago after making the decision, like many other naturals, not to process my hair any longer. Obviously, due to this new wave of people rocking their natural hair and no longer perming their hair, it is no wonder that the sales of hair relaxers have declined. The perm and relaxer manufacturers must be seething with frustration right now at the natural hair movement.
Now, I am not suggesting that certain schools are in a secret agreement with these perm companies to force kids into perming their hair again to boost the income of the perm companies, but why should people with natural feel victimised and bullied for embracing a perfectly natural, perfectly healthy option for their hair care? It is particularly disturbing that little girls are in danger of being conditioned to hate their natural beauty, their natural texture by the same authorities that are meant encourage, support and educate them. These little girls are in danger of growing up to be adults with personality and confidence issues, instead of strong, informed and inspirational young women.
This is not the 1st time that some thing like this has been reported in the news. Many naturals also report getting snidey remarks, unpleasant looks and downright abuse from other non-naturals.
It would seem that natural hair is now the new gay taboo, with a vast majority of naturals experiencing discrimination, prejudice and even exclusion. It shouldn’t be this way. People shouldn’t be bullied and victimised simply because they choose to embrace their natural hair textures. People shouldn’t be pressured into compelling with the norm, which by the way, isn’t always the healthiest or best option.
I sincerely hope that the natural community (ie naturals everywhere) are supportive of each other and stand strong in not bowing down to pressure. Natural women should act as mentors and positive role models for the younger generation.
Natural hair is not a fad….it is a long term lifestyle choice for the vast majority of us naturals. You can try, but this natural hair wave is going to be pretty hard to halt.