Regardless of what you may have heard, please know, Black women with natural hair are the epitome of beauty and style. We’ve been trendsetters since the beginning of time, whether we’re talk about our personal fashion, our unique accessories, or our versatile hair styles. But, let’s be real, the mainstream world hasn’t exactly recognized our greatness. Until now.
If you were to take a quick peek at your magazine newsstand this month, you’d be overjoyed at the display of beautiful black women with natural hair gracing the covers. From the twa to long kinky curls to full and voluptuous, natural black woman are front and center and we are here for every minute!
We have actress, singer, and model Zoe Kravitz covering Instyle with her short edgy cut (ready to get yours? Make sure you check out our tips!) while Hollywoods next biggest star Sasha Lane rocks locs on the cover of Allure. Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akeche sits front and center with her twa on the cover of British Vogue while producer, writer, and actress Issa Rae shows over her gorgeous 4C hair styled just right. And finally Kerry Washington rocks her stretched natural hair pulled back into a beautiful, full pony tail.
So why is this such a big deal? Well, for starters, natural hair and black women are finally getting the mainstream recognition we deserve. But, more importantly, it’s confirmation of something we’ve been saying for the past 14 years: Natural hair is here to stay.
Since the beginning of the natural hair movement, there has been chatter about this just being a trend or fad that will eventually run its course. So many women curious about natural hair have asked us is this a trend. Even professional stylists who are comfortable with relaxing hair have been waiting for the excitement to past and for the relaxer to return. Except here’s the thing, relaxers have left the building and they’re not coming back.
If you’ve been feeling intimidated about wearing your natural hair, hesitant about doing the big chop, and feeling the pull to wear straight hair in certain settings *ahem, corporate America*, we hope you find some empowerment in these covers. We understand how you’re feeling, we’ve been in your shoes. We’ve all hidden behind braids, wigs, and sew-ins for job interviews or to attend certain events. We are you and that’s why we’re so excited to see the rest of the world is finally waking up to the beauty of natural black hair. And it’s time we do too.
Let these magazines and the beautiful black women who are gracing their covers be a reminder that we can absolutely be ourselves and still get the job, land the magazine cover, and book the role. Black. Coily. Kinky and Beautiful.
If you’re ready to embrace your natural beauty, it’s time to join this grand sorority of women and start rocking your kinky, coily, curls. And don’t worry, you’re not alone! We’re here to help. We would love to meet you and guide you on your journey. If you already know us and haven’t been to visit in awhile, take advantage of our May special and come on back to Urbanbella and let us get your hair back on track.