After attending the natural hair show in Atlanta, GA last weekend, I fell in love with our youth. There were many adults who were there and natural, but the little girls who were so comfortable with their curls were the ones who caught my eye. I grew up in the relaxed, straight hair era, where having a fresh perm was golden. Afros were reserved for older women who no longer wanted to maintain their hair.
The natural hair show was almost like a secret club, little girls and their mamas, with coils, kinks and curls. They were confident and free. The little girls I saw longed for the beautiful healthy hair of the elders all around. Then it hit me, little girls are truly products of their environment. They associate beauty with their mothers and other women around them. At the natural hair show babies, girls and women all were beautiful. Not by magazine standards but by the standards of their community. It takes a village to raise a child! The village that was the “Natural Hair Show” was one that I am glad my daughter is a part of.