During 2014, we unfortunately lost three important women known for encouraging us to embrace our beauty and accept our curls. They each had their own unique style and way of inspiring us based on their personal experiences as Black women. Without them, 2015 will not be the same.
Last year was a monumental year for the natural hair movement. I don’t remember seeing as much media attention on natural hair, TV shows focused to the topic, natural hair products in stores, or social events dedicated to natural curls. Yet, the movement boomed and reached what I believe is a tipping point last year!
Here is how the movement made national headlines in 2014!
Last year was a phenomenal period for the natural hair movement! Naturalistas came out in full force to represent their curly coifs and show off their unique style. There was a surge of creative cuts, colorful curls, and ever growing strands as a result of hair growth challenges taking place every month. Out of all the amazing styles, there were a few that rose to the top of the popularity list.
Here is my list of natural hairstyle trendsetters for 2014:
If you have been following this blog you know that one of my goals is to share information about African American HAIRitage and history. Therefore, every Black History Month, I like to look back at our past and share information on where we’ve come and where we are going on our hair journey to reclaim and rewrite our hair story. This Black History Month, I want to join other history makers and help write our hair history. Therefore, I will be doing a month long blog series focused on recapping the important moments in the natural hair movement during 2014.
Stay tuned as I discuss a variety of topics including natural hair trends, national spotlights on natural hair, whether the movement is “selling out”, and what the movement gained and lost in 2014. I hope you join me for the series!
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I could not have imagined where I am today with Honoring Our HAIRitage and the lessons I’ve learned so far as a blogger. This year, and the things I’ve accomplished, were a complete surprise and are so amazing! I thought about blogging many times before I took the chance and started Honoring Our HAIRitage. I knew I wanted to add my voice to the natural hair community, but I had no idea the impact it would have or how successful my own blog would be. I also had no idea about the many ways this blog would become such an important part of my life and help me realize my passion.
I’ve learned many things over this past year and have grown tremendously as a writer, natural hair enthusiast, and woman. Yes, this blog has helped me come into my own as a woman, who knows her voice, her skills, and what is most important as a natural hair blogger.
Here are the things I’ve learned as a blogger over this past year:
I decided it was the last time I would get a hair relaxer. The final straw came 3 months ago when my stylist gave me a style I did not want (again!), and I left the salon with lye burns on my sensitive scalp. All I could think about as I put ointment on my scalp to ease the pain was my first visit to Miss Simone’s Salon when I was 5 years old. I remember feeling so excited about getting my hair straightened for the first time. Now, I wished I had never set foot in that place!
Over the years, I came back to Miss Simone’s Salon monthly to get a touch up and deep condition, only to spend $80 to go home unsatisfied and in pain. Even with all that disappointment, I kept coming back because it was all I knew about hair care. Three months ago though, I had enough. After 20 years of getting relaxers, Continue reading