“Wow your hair is long! It's so thick... is it real?"
There is nothing more frustrating then hearing those words. From friends, family and even strangers. It reminds me of why I decided to keep my hair 100% natural. And why I decided to cut off all my chemically altered hair off almost 3 years ago.
I love being an exception. I like meeting new people and showing them that it’s possible to grow your hair long if your african/african American, nappy and all :)
It annoys me whenever someone says this to me because I realize that, for some reason people think it’s impossible that I can't grow hair on my own.
Why has it become a fact, and even expected that unless your part Caucasian, you can't grow your own hair?
Aren't I human too?
The worst part of this is, most of these comments are coming from people with afro textured hair. They too are convinced they can't grow their hair long.
One situation that really resonated with me was when a friend of mine (nigerian-american) came up to me and complimented my hair asking how long I've been growing it for and I replied two year two years and she stared in amazement as another friend of my simply stated that I had white in me. What difference does this make? Up to a 3 years ago, my hair had never passed neck length. I don't have magical hair growing genes. It wasn't by magic, I just changed my hair care methods to fit my hair.
It's understandable that other people don't understand afro hair. It's not mainstream, so I understand why very little is know of it. But It's bad if you don't understand your own hair, because then how is anyone else going to?
Our ancestors did it. Afro hair isn't impossible, to grow. it just takes work because of all the curls and kinks.
A brief history on afro textured hair http://blackgirllonghair.com/2011/10/a-brief-history-of-afro-textured-hair/
Common myths about natural hair debunked! http://blackgirllonghair.com/2011/09/12-common-natural-hair-myths/