Natural hair is a celebration of a woman's true beauty. It is the foregoing of mainstream 'ideals' in favour of proudly wearing the curly and wavy kinks that crown the head tops of our original queens; our lionesses.
The discussion of natural hair is layered in race, misogyny, sexism, gender, stereotypes, skin tone, racism and many many more things, so it is not easy to just gives ones opinion without delving into those topics. What I will do however is give an overview of how I see it. As a 24 year old black man born and raised in the UK, I, like hundreds of thousands of my peers have been brainwashed. Brainwashed into what we (we, being the masses) view as pretty, beautiful, sexy and so on. To put it simply we are taught that being black and more importantly, having black features is not beautiful and so having black hair (natural hair) is not beautiful.
Ben, 26 The current times we are living in, I believe that we are heavily influenced by the media, celebrity culture and peer pressure. The media consistently publish and advertise their idea of 'the perfect woman' -stick thin with long, straight and often dyed hair. This is often further endorsed by our favourite music artist or actress. Our peers are notorious for mocking those that differ from the norm so really what chance does natural stand?