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Is the title a typo?  Nope, afraid not.  It’s a statement that more and more naturals are spouting off lately.  Let’s go back for a minute.  There’s been an unfounded belief that black hair, nappy hair or coily hair can’t grow.  It’s too thick, too stubborn, too whatever to grow long and luscious.  LIES!  Lies, but when many women have damaged their tresses through years of relaxing and straightening their tresses and not taking care of them properly it can make most feel that belief to be true.

Chemical straighteners and hot combs (have since been replaced by flat irons) are harsh on our tresses and when we don’t make sure to bring them back to life through proper protein treatments or maintenance we see many with thinning hair or hair that won’t grow past your shoulders.  I know because I was one of those women and as most of us craved for long hair that flowed through the wind we had the flowing hair but more often than not it was thin, lifeless and short.

Enter wigs, weaves and Locs and then finally black women can finally have long flowing tresses.  I add Locs but they have been around way longer than this natural hair movement and seem to be the red-headed stepchild in the movement but most black women knew Loc wearers could grow them to unspeakable lengths.  Despite their beauty and ability to grow long Locs do not drive many women to their side as the relaxers still reigned sitting very cozily to the wigs and weaves for black women.

Straight hair has always won as most feminine and most admired but around 2005 natural hair began creeping into the hair arena.  By 2010 it is no longer creeping but running and today, its spread like wildfire with women switching over to natural hair daily from every corner of the world.  It’s super big in the United States and the UK and has taken over the hair product isles in many of our favorites stores like Target.  The problem that many who desire natural tresses but can’t take the plunge is the ill-conceived belief of never having long hair.

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  • Mary Ferguson

    The statement contradicts. Big Hair is long hair. If a natural with a fro were to flat iron her hair, it would be long! But it’s true. Big hair is very hot!

    • CourtneyrrR

      Thank you.You are 100 percent right

  • Mary Ferguson

    It should say Big Hair is Hot, STRAIGHT Hair is Not! IMO

  • CourtneyrrR

    For me, I go back and forth. When I want to rock it big and usually thats in the summer because it will not not stay straight from hot combing, I rock my shrinkage or blow dry and let it fly. Fall winter better part of spring,its flat ironed and hot combed more.Rocking it that way makes mine grow. As black women,our natural hair has so many options:-)

    • Teach :-)

    • CourtneyrrR

      :) cnn right now has a really good doc on the sixties. A different installment.

    • Thanks for telling me :)

      It is about the year 1968. Yes, the documentary is really good. Back after Dr. King was murdered, riots occurred in hundreds of cities nationwide at the same time. Also, RFK was assassinated too. 1968 was one of the most revolutionary times in history since people globally protested for liberation and freedom.

    • CourtneyrrR

      I also was told about a story by my dad and he said that James Brown was instrumental in calming people down in boston when he was murdered.That their was really not to many people black people were going to listen too when that happened but him. Crazy. :)

    • Your father was right. Bless your courageous father. I also saw a documentary on VH1 Soul many months ago about how James Brown calmed many people down in Boston. James Brown did a concert after Dr. King’s assassination. It was wild. The documentary is called, “The Night James Brown Saved Boston.” James Brown’s “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” record was very historical. The 1968 Democratic National Convention was filled with chaos. Nixon only won the Presidency by a small margin, because Humphrey delayed his opposition to the Vietnam War. If Humphrey opposed the war earlier, he could of won. Hubert Humphrey was a more progressive man except on foreign policy. The country could of been in better shape, but I can’t change the past. :) We can change the present and the future though. :) If people like Dr. King, Malcolm X, etc. were alive, America would be in better shape as well.

    • Also, Thank you Sister Courtney for sending me links about black natural hair. I appreciate that and I appreciate your realness. You are a great human being and I wish more blessings for you and your great family.

    • Thank you Sister Courtney for your words about the beauty of black hair. :-)

  • brownbeauty

    Why can’t we embrace both types of hair – long and big? We all know about the movement to embrace natural hair which is wonderful but I don’t see why long hair had to bear the brunt especially as we are now in a period where big hair is deemed cool.