No one likes naps as much as I do. I’m not talking about delightful afternoon siestas, I’m referring to the coily/kinky hair I was blessed with. The hair that used to be criticized everyday when I was a child, and teased when I was a teenager. The hair that gets so many people frustrated and leaves so many black women over-sensitive and defensive. The hair that can be one of the most controversial topics on the planet in black culture. The hair that requires the most tender, loving care.
I love my hair, it’s no secret. I’ve been wearing it short and natural for many, many years now. It has been much shorter, and I don’t mind it either way. I’m not one of those “holier than thou” natural women who judges everyone by what they choose to do with their hair… because after all, it’s theirs. Personally, I’ve never really been extremely focused on just growing out my afro because I think it looks beautiful short. I go as far as moisturizing it everyday, and deep-conditioning it every so often (although not enough) so I look presentable.
To me, hair is just exactly what it is…hair. I don’t spend hours or days working on it or conceal it under wigs for growth. I sometimes get giant box braids and bantu knots with extensions. I just really love afro-styles, but I appreciate all healthy hair no matter how it’s worn. I really think life is much more than the hair one carries, but it exists, so we talk about it. I also don’t judge people who treat their hair differently than mine, whether they’re relaxed, wear straight extensions, or dreadlocks. Everyone should have their own preferences no matter what people think. I just know that I appreciate a good ‘fro when I see one whether it’s extremely short, medium, giant, highlighted, curly, kinky, or colored.
When I saw this t-shirt on my friend, Avi’s website, I just had to purchase it! Avi is a graphic designer with an eccentric style. He is now based in Brooklyn New York, and he’s one of the coolest people I know. He is everything New York City stands for. Fun. Interesting. Ambitious. Creative. You name it!
Now that I’m done rambling… I have another t-shirt to giveaway (LARGE/men’s in the color white) to one lucky winner! The tee I’m wearing now is a small/men’s.
To win, answer the following questions in the comment box below:
Is hair important to you? How do you wear it? What’s your favorite hairstyle? What if Batman gets bitten by a vampire? (OK, you really don’t have to answer the last one.)
I will pick one lucky person on Saturday, September 1 randomly. U.S. residents only. Be sure to leave an email address to be contacted if you win! You can also like my page on facebook.
If you don’t win, you can always purchase one of these shirts or other cool stuff at: http://www.contemporarynegro.com/