Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Natural for me... but still love my wigs and weaves!

Today I woke up to a horrible post on Facebook that just made my heart sink!


As you can imagine I took to Facebook immediately to defend my beautiful dark skinned sister.



Fuelled by what I just read, I subsequently left comments on various posts asking people to share BlackCleopatra in order to raise awareness of the message that I am trying to put out there. For the most part, this comment was received warmly with many people replying with similar sentiments of empowerment. However, one lady made the following comment:


Now, I sincerely believe that she meant well, and I appreciate her comment. To be honest, this is not the first time that I have come across a comment like this. I would also be lying if I said that I had not considered the comment at length, then and prior to. However, with that consideration came clarity for me.  

You see, I started this blog with a clear (but temporary) focus on wig reviews (like thousands of young black women do in blogs and on YouTube), because I love wigs! I think they are fun and convenient and have saved me  at certain crucial periods when I just could not deal with my fragile natural hair! So is it the case that if a black woman wears a wig or weave, she is, for want of a better expression, not authentic, or selling out?! As a prolific wig wearer and promoter, am I misrepresenting authentic black beauty?!

Personally, I do not think so.  I love my natural hair and underneath all those pretty wigs, my precious natural locks are being moisturised and conditioned, being protected from the elements and essentially staying healthy and growing. I recently did the big chop... AGAIN... and as much as I lurve my natural hair, I don't love it's barely there length.  I wish I could pull off the beautiful boyish cut like Lupita Nyongo and Phiolmena Kwao, but I have not been blessed with such strikingly beautiful features and so I would rather grow out my fro whilst still looking soft and feminine.  Hello wigs!  




I could go on about this topic for ages, and I am sure I will be returning to it many a time in this blog, however for now, I hand the batton over to you guys.  What do you think?  Is wearing a wig or weave selling out or misrepresenting authentic black beauty?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this guys, so please share in the comments section below.

Peace and love,

Anthonia

4 comments:

  1. Love the page, it features such beautiful black women. Would love to see more skin and hair tips . Lord knows I need help in that area lol

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    1. Hi Tara, thanks so much for your comment. More skin and hair tips will be coming soon. Stay with us :)

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  2. I think wearing weaves and wigs is fine as long as you love and take care of your natural hair as well. Black women shouldn't be pressured to wear their hair in any particular style other than what they feel works for them. I love my hair for the fact that I can do so much with it; braids, weaves, wigs, natural....the list is endless!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Epi. Its nice to know that I am not alone in my thoughts on this. Black hair is so versatile! That's why I love it so much. There is no RIGHT way to wear your hair as long as you do take care of your natural hair and most importantly are not ASHAMED of it.

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