Black Women’s Transitions to Natural Hair – NYTimes.com
A few years ago, I went to an academic conference in St. Louis. You could tell most of the black women at the conference without a badge because of their braids and the natural hair styles. I observed a very odd trend the native African American population. The black men had beautiful well maintained locs and the women had horrid lace fronts. I am a sucker for men with locs, but my enjoyment was tempered by the incredibly fake looking and unkempt styles the women chose to adopt.
Is this a Southern thing?
As I have mentioned, I am New Yorker, where natural hair is thriving. Even my upper middle class JAmerican cousin finally admitted that my natural hair was attractive and one of my baby cousins did the big chop last year. The story above details a wonderful transition story. Enjoy!