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Africa’s kinky hair becomes a symbol of black beauty and identity.

30.01.2019
Article from AFRIC Editorial
Afro kinky hair, popularly referred to as “Nappy” is now the new trend popping up in Africa. Several ladies are now going in for the ‘big chop’ which involves cutting away all relaxed parts of the hair to restart the hair growth process in its natural state. This culture of growing the hair natural emerged as a result of the spirit of re-awakening where Africans are beginning to pride about their cultural heritage, their black beauty and everything that goes with it.

Generally, the term natural hair refers to a relaxer-free hair whose original texture has not been altered by chemical products such as relaxers. Afro hair is usually the natural hair texture of certain if not most populations in Africa.

For a long time, women with African kinky hair were under looked in the society while many had considered this hair type unkempt. Globalization had also played an important role in relegating African style of life and cultures to the back scene. This made many even Africans themselves to feel that whatever is African is not the best.

Every facet of African style had been affected by this including the hair. Women will prefer to use relaxers on their hair to meet up the trend because it was considered that they can only be beautiful in relaxed hair. Although some persons purported that they keep relaxed hair because it’s easier to manage than the original kinky hair.

Trends have switched and the nappy hair is now used to promote the idea of identity in the continent because it is believed that wearing naturally kinky and Afro-textured hair gives a sense of pride in one’s identity as a woman with African roots.

‘With natural hair, I’m just me and it makes me feel good about myself’ indicated a nappy fan.

‘I started growing my hair natural because I was inspired by my elder sister who was also natural. The beauty of her afro hair attracted me and she was an attraction to many people who never stopped complimenting her hair. That inspired me and for 8 years now, I have kept my hair natural’, she added.

Type 4 Kinky hair.

Usually, hair type is identified by certain characteristics which include the curl pattern and thickness. However, the hair type which is very common in Africa is the type 4 kinky hair.

This is usually considered the driest hair type which makes it hard to comb and manage, hence it is prone to breakage and requires to be handled with care. If not properly catered for, the rate of breakage will be higher because the hair is wiry and delicate in nature.

The kinky hair is very versatile and can easily hold several styles which other hair textures cannot such as the twists, Dreadlocks and Bantu knots. But the most common kinky hairstyles in Africa were those done with the thread. It is believed that the thread makes the hair softer and permits it to grow even longer. This hair type general stays the same whether wet or dry but requires daily moisturizing.

How to care for Kinky hair.

Several natural hair bloggers have revealed that it is easier to grow the hair naturally. It may be surprising to find out that the same nutritious foods which are good for the body also promote stronger and healthier hair. A healthy diet is most often recommended in order to have healthy and strong hair.

Generally, moisturizing the hair regularly is a good way to keep the hair healthy because moisturized hair is supple and has an elasticity which prevents regular breakage. Hence the key to making the natural hair healthier and beautiful is to always keep it moisturized.

It is also advised that too much heat and excess use of chemicals cause severe damage to the hair. Coconut oil, shea butter and a host of other natural oils have been recommended to keep the hair shinning and soft.

Article from AFRIC Editorial

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