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November 9, 2016 By:
The huge Afro on the young woman in the picture on her phone made her smile. Instinctively, her fingers flew to her short hair. She had just washed it with ordinary bath soap and some conditioner she found in her old salon bag. As is characteristic of African hair types, her hair had shrunk, making it look shorter than it really was. She put her phone down and went over to her mirror. Pulling at a group of strands she figured it was about 2 and half inches long. She couldn’t wait until ...
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November 7, 2016 By:
Sometimes a situation that has gone wrong can be salvaged; other times the best thing to do is to get rid of everything and start afresh. When she was given the permission by her mother to chemically straighten her hair, she had just graduated from Senior Secondary School. It was the most exciting thing to happen to her since turning 18 a few months before. At the salon, she screamed for the hairstylist to wash out the straightening cream after 10 minutes, but it had started burning lon...
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October 27, 2016 By:
Yesterday, I spent maybe an hour in front of my computer trying to figure out what to write about. Here’s what I came up with: " Why did you cut your hair?" "The Different Politics of different Naturals" "I am not my hair… Or am I?" Yes guys, the struggle has been real. I thought I was a little tired, so I set the work down, camped ...
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October 18, 2016 By:
" Length is not the ultimate goal of going natural, it's a healthy hair. When you run so quickly to get a long hair, you miss out on all the fun of being the proud owner of a teeny weeny afro (TWA)." — Ama Sabeng Poku Image: Frolicious.de The other day, I was randomly scrolling through the timeline here on myAfroHub, when I ran into Ama Sabeng Poku’s post. They are very simple words— “length is not the ulti...
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October 8, 2016 By:
LITTLE SABOTAGING VOICE There are 7.4 billion people in the world today. 70% of these people live in civilization, which is about 5.18 million people. All these people are exposed to life; life at its fullest, with everything that comes with it. The good vibes, the happy times, family, friends, careers, love, passion, hatred, goals, purpose and self doubt. They feel all these, all of it. Where civilization lies is where the need to survive lies. It's a constant battle and only the fittest sur...
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September 20, 2016 By:
The other day I decided to go to the saloon to treat my hair because I felt lazy doing that myself. I made sure it was a saloon that knew much about natural hair care. As I got to the saloon, one of the ladies was like "see how bad your natural hair appears! Relax it for a better look." "Are you saying the way I was created isn't the right look for me? I guess you better take it up with God then" I snapped in response..... I sat down quietly and the stylist came and took me over to th...
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September 8, 2016 By:
Beauty has always been a difficult subject for me. Actually, no. This isn’t quite true. This is the more true statement — I have had a difficult relationship with beauty since the year that I was 11 or 12, or 11 and 12 (because really, I cannot quite distinguish those two ages in my head). Somewhere in the midst of trying to maintain complete Integrated Science and Intro Tech notes, and also stay out of the line of every teacher’s cane in JS 2, the word “beauty” and the force of the idea with it...
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August 8, 2016 By:
Part of doing something that is not exactly popular in the larger culture that one is surrounded by is that chips might grow on your shoulder. My first chip was planted a few days after I cut my hair. I went to a barber to clean up the cut, and the barber cut it much lower than I expected. I was initially uncomfortable with it so when I went to work the next day, I felt a tad insecure. And then my trusty co-worker was like, “ahn ahn! Every time your hair is just shorter and shorter! And it looks...
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