Black women all over the web are losing their minds about Sheryl Underwood saying she doesn’t like nappy natural hair. We just laughed over here. What’s the big deal? Everyone DOES NOT like natural hair, so it’s not like she’s the only black woman in the world who thinks exactly as Sheryl does. She just had the courage to say aloud. That’s why lots of black women still get relaxers and rush to flat iron and texturize and hot comb their hair. They want long, flowing, silky hair just like Sheryl admired on the air. There are even companies doing a booming business selling natural styled WIGS to black women.
There are also many black women who love the casual, bohemian look they can achieve with twists or a twist-out and ethnic inspired jewelry, but they want to go back to the straight hair they’re used to and like on Monday morning when its time for work or school.
Truth be told, even people that have and like their natural hair don’t like it all the time! That’s why they turn to braids, twists, wigs, protective styles, hairpiece buns and flat irons! They don’t want to be bothered with all the work it takes to maintain natural hair. And let’s not even talk about the contingent of black women wearing their hair natural fixated on their “hair type” and “stretching” their hair as they try to make it appear to be longer and straighter than it is.
So the question must be asked – why do we all have to be on the same page with regards to what we like in hair?
We’re all women, but we don’t have the same taste in men. Matter of fact, some women prefer women for romance.
We’re all women, but we don’t like the same colors, the same furniture style, the same types of cars, the same style of clothing, the same food, or even the same type of sex.
We’re all women, but we don’t have the same taste in partnerships. Some of us look forward to or enjoy being married and some of us break out in hives at the thought.
We’re all women, but some of us believe in God and some of us don’t. Some of us are Jewish, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, 7th Day Adventist, Muslim, Baptist or Buddhist. Some of us are Agnostic or Atheist.
We’re all women, but we don’t have the same taste in entertainment. Some of us like sports and some don’t. Some of us like chick flicks and some don’t. Some of us like needlework and scrapbooking, and some of us don’t.
We’re all women, but we don’t have the same taste in books. Some of us like urban fiction and some of us think its ghetto trash. Some of us like award winning non-fiction black literature, and some of us would rather read a magazine.
When we get together, we as people talk about all of those things (and a lot more) freely, though we have different perspectives and tastes.
So why can’t Sheryl Underwood talk freely about the fact that she doesn’t like natural kinky hair without everybody getting their panties in a bunch?
Do you think Sheryl Underwood was wrong for saying what she said, or is she entitled to air her feelings?
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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