|yes! al b sure|
Fast forward a few years, embracing what the good Lord gave me, my natural hair and nothing to read.
When I went natural, flipping through the pages of the magazines I used to read and love I don't see the diversity that I do on the streets. An average journey to work I'm greeted by locks, braids, fros, weaves, sleek bobs, basically it's all happening on the streets why isn't this reflected in the magazines?
There is a lack of diversity with the hairstyles, it doesn't reflect how creative the black hair can be. These magazines tend to highlight the same salons, at home relaxer kits, store bought hair brands and skin lightening creams. Where are we in the pages?
My style has changed from the days of pocket money bought Right On and so have many other black women, we embrace our versatility, we have the advantage of being able to switch it up depending on our mood, twists one day, curls the next, a lion's mane when we feel like it. This embracing of our uniqueness is happening on the streets and in the UK media with British celebs like Shingai Shoniwa, Tallulah Adeyemi, Corrine Bailey Rae, Alesha Dixon, Leona Lewis, Sophie Okonedo all at the forefront of the natural hair revolution.
I don't want to feel like I'm being a negative nelly, over the years I still occasionally pick up these magazines and I've noticed a slight change in the tides.
|my copies of black hair, and black hair and beauty|
Black Hair magazine has a segment called Naturally Fabulous a natural hair feature which brings the hottest news and trends on natural hair products and styles, this feature is one page. Also Black Beauty and Hair's December/January issue has an article written by Kagem Tibaijuka about the natural hair blogging phenomenon, where she talks with American bloggers Nikki of CurlyNikki and Leila of BGLH, she also name checks the top 5 hair blogs including UK blogger Angel over at The Natural Lounge.
Being on the blogging scene I have personally witnessed the growth of natural hair blogging and the followers who want to know about it. As much as I love the net, I'm still a bit of a vintage chic I do still like to buy magazines and flick through the pages and I'm glad that the women in the magazines are starting to reflect our image and not just european ideals
Hopefully this is the sign of more to come.