Team Natural or Team Weave?

If there’s one good thing to arise from Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair’ documentary, its the dialogue that the film has created. Sure, it stemmed mostly from the fact that some of us felt attacked by the filmmakers’ perspective. But, still, we’re talking about the issues behind our hair choices, and that’s a good thing, right?

Some smart, funny, and brutally honest blog posts and comments have been popping up in the wake of ‘Good Hair,’ and there’s so much to be learned from all sides of the discussion. And recently, two of my friends in the blogosphere (and completely unrelated) declared their hair allegiance. I found their divergent perspectives to be fascinating.

“…just because a sista takes pride in her natural hair, it does not mean she thinks you too should go natural. I’d rather attempt to bring about world peace than “make all black women go natural.” I think it would be fantastic if Black women accepted their natural beauty but if they don’t…..life will move on. We have bigger issues to deal with in the black community. I’m more concerned about us owning these hair shops we spend a crap load of dollars in.

I am not “better” because I have natural hair. And you aren’t better because you live a lye.

I’m soooo kidding about that one. It’s just a joke. But really…lighten up, people. I’m natural and natural I will stay. I love black hair….the history, the stories, the struggle, the ideas, the perception. I love ladies who can rock a mean wrap.

I love little brown girls with candy curls. I think it’s amazing what a flat iron can do. Creating and maintaining black hair is an art. I’m amazed by it really. But I’m not amazed by weaves. I’m sorry….it just bothers me. But again, that’s my prerogative.

Brittany speaks her truth clearly.

 

But in the other corner, we’ve got the equally awesome Andrea of Essence magazine and The Glamazons blog. Andrea is an unabashed fashionista and in her post, titled ‘The Truth About Weave: I’m Never Giving It Up,’ (which is part II of a weavealicious post), she lets her love for the yaki shine bright.

“…it’s not like I’m unhappy with my own hair. It’s just that why bother trying to create these glam looks with my own hair, when I can just add in this hair and look amazing?!

Weave doesn’t have to be a bad thing, and I really think that’s it gotten a bad rap for no reason. I don’t always wear it (I have a cute, blond, weaveless bob right now); but I don’t see anything wrong with adding in a track or two…(or three or four) as I (or my hairstylist, the amazing Tracy Washington!) sees fit.

I’m always down to try new hair looks. From cuts to coloring, I’ve pretty much done it all. I currently have a cut, color and Brazilian (which I blogged about in previous entry). And there’s no way you could be my man and hate on my weave. I will always wear it, and (since it’s professionally done) you can run your fingers through it and it won’t fall out or bite you. I love the freedom it gives me to change up my look, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Check out the many looks that I’ve had over the past couple of years with extensions. As long as it looks dope, who cares?!”

All right ladies, let’s get ready to RUMBLE!

I kid, I kid.

I know many of my weave- or perm-wearing sisters have felt judged by women like myself, who proudly rock their natural hair.

And speaking from personal experience, I’ve been the recipient of some nasty side eyes by ladies wearing waist-length Beyonce-grade store-purchased hair. For no reason whatsoever!

I think many of our hair issues start with us, and they can end with us. By ceasing the judgment and ill speaking of others, we can grow to embrace and even enjoy each other’s differences.

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