Natural in …
Last month, I re-blogged a post that blew up everywhere! It was written by Chy’s Curlz and it was about the African vs. African-American Natural Hair Practices. I re-blogged it, then CurlyNikki and finally BGLH and a firestorm of comments ensued! It became one of the 10 most viewed posts on BGLH of 2011!!! Anyway, after reading the post on my site, a Facebook friend prompted me to really think about the international community of Black/Brown women who have their own hair journeys and experiences. She was especially excited about the opportunity we have, in this age of the internet, to share information around the globe.
So, I began developing this idea about how Hairscapades could become a platform for those in the international community who are contemplating going natural, transitioning or are already fully natural. I thought about how I could make this a space where everyone can share their stories, their challenges and their successes and also provide this from the perspective of their cultural experience. I figured these insights might help broaden all of our understanding, as well as serve as inspiration for those within and without the storyteller’s corner of the world. Finally, I contemplated how I could develop Hairscapades into a resource for information that isn’t limited to the United States of America.
It’s a work in progress, but I have a few questions now because of a few great ladies who have already submitted their “free-form” stories (those will be posted in the upcoming weeks). I’m still putting together other ideas, but this is what I’ve come up with so far!
Naturals Around the World HairStory Questions
Who are you and from where do you hail?
What do you like most about your homeland (attach a picture or two that give a feel for your city and/or country /show a favorite place)?
What is the hair norm for Black/Brown women where you live? If natural hair is not the norm, is it becoming more prevalent?
What was your hair like during your childhood and teen years? How did you feel about it? How was it perceived by others?
If you relaxed your hair at some point, why did you (or your guardian) make that decision? When and how long were you relaxed before you decided to go natural?
What prompted your decision to go natural?
Did you transition or big chop or are you currently transitioning?
What has your natural hair journey been like? How has your decision been received by family, friends and people in general?
What do you see as the challenges of being natural? Are there any things that you think are unique to where you live? If so, what and why? How do you think they can be overcome?
What is your regimen? Do you use/prefer commercial or natural products? Are the products that you like and want to try readily accessible and affordable? Where do you purchase them?
Are there salons that cater to natural hair where you live? Are stylists trained in handling natural hair? Do you go to a salon? (If you’d recommend it, provide contact info, including stylists name.)
What do you enjoy and/or love about being/going natural? Has the journey taught you anything about yourself?
Do you have a Hair Crush?
Who do you follow online?
Anything else that you’d like to share?
OPTIONAL: Provide your story in your country’s national language!
So, that’s it. I’m open to other suggestions though and would love to hear your thoughts on other questions that you’d like answered or those you think that I can eliminate!
Ultimately, my goal is to present diverse perspectives on Hairscapades. So, if you have a story that you’d like to share, please e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, with 4-6 pictures of your hair and a pic or two of your city/region/country, with the subject, ”Around the World.”
And stay tuned tomorrow for our first “official” Naturals Around the World HairStory, “Claudine: Natural in Bermuda!”
This is a great idea and think it will work out great! I think the questions are great as well. I can’t wait to read about other naturals around the world.
Awwww, thans Miche’al!! I can’t wait to read them either!!! LOL!!
As the person who suggested this on FB, I am stoked that you went through with it with all the excellence you bring to this blog. This is a great start and I suspect the questions will evolve as you fine-tune to blend the universal language of hair with individual and cultural experiences. I have more in mind and this is the catalyst for a movement, I daresay, where women love love love themselves and their hair any and every which way! Thanks for swiftly taking this on. We’ll link up when I return from Nigeria.
I LOVE it! Awsome questions, very thought provoking and insightful. Yes, we all have very different experieces regarding hair and it will be very good to see and read all the different ones there are. Asking them to narrate a portion in their native tongue is genius! Good job Sheli.
Thanks for the feedback ladies!! Theresa, you got it;)!! Christabel, that was actually the idea of one of the future features, Kenoa! Her blog is in French and she suggested doing her interview in both languages! How awesome is that, right?
Love the questions,wish I’d seen this before writing my piece, although, I think I covered almost everything except for a couple. So, looking forward to seeing it on here 🙂
You and your gorgeous hair will be up next week Laxmi;). And your story helped me frame the questions;). That’s why you answered most of them:)! If you want to add anything, just shoot me an addendum email:)! And, I’d still love a pic of the locale!
Oh wow, hehe, thanks, about to head out with the kids, I’ll make sure to take some pictures 🙂
This is a great idea. I will love to read the stories.
I would love to participate. Should i put the country I’m living at now or where I grew up at?
I wish you all the best.
Hi Nikisha!! Did you read the Natural in Bermuda and Natural in France stories yet? If not, check them out under “Naturals Around the World” under the HairStories tab. As to your story, you can talk about your entire experience!! So, you can answer the questions based upon where you lived at the time and what you experienced and observed. My story from Germany is actually a gorgeous young natural who grew up in Ghana, went to college in the US and now lives in Germany. So, her story kind of covers her experiences in different countries. Can’t wait to read yours!!
Thank you so much and God bless you too!
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