Today, I was walking on the University of Houston campus when I noticed a girl sitting on a bench. Usually like everyone else I avoid eye contact but this particular time I didn’t and spoke. I quickly recognized her from the university’s natural hair group. I was amazed that she had relaxed her mane of kinky curls. My response was “hey, you relaxed your hair.” She said yea, hung her head and apologized. I’m nosy with that said I had to know why. I really admired her curly looks. She sat directly across from me at the last natural hair meeting I attended.
I remember how proud and bold she sat with her fro. Now she looked down to the ground and apologized as if she had let me down. She mentioned something about societal pressure and that if she wanted to do it again she would crop it all off and start the process anew. Again she apologized. Why are you apologizing I asked. ” You’re beautiful either way. At the end of the day you have to love and style your hair and no one else.” I continued to affirm her. My sister was truly beautiful. I hope that she was aware of her greatness regardless of the state of her hair. If you don’t accept yourself how can you expect others to. Don’t walk around apologetically of the glory God has given you; relaxed or natural. It magnifies the Lord and so should you by holding your head up boldly.
Also, read Your Crown