Look at who’s natural on a magazine cover. Oprah, of course. I thought she was natural. I think more than a few celebrities are natural underneath all of the wigs, weaves, and falls. Natural hair gives them versatility, the freedom to change it up in a society that demands something different every 24 hours.
Oprah’s curls grace the September issue, which is often the largest book of the year for magazines because advertisers want to reach as many women as possibly with all of the fall’s new looks. Little girls and big girls everywhere should already know they can be beautiful with natural hair. If they don’t, Oprah is making that clear on her cover. Her tresses aren’t glossy or well-defined. They just are.
Being natural feels universal to me. I see women in church, on television, pretty much everywhere, sporting natural ‘dos. An entire hair revolution was born from it. Just seven years ago, I had to order online anything I wanted for my hair — and pay a steep price for it. Now I can buy everything I need at local health food and discount stores.
All of that other hair is way too much work. Relaxing takes time and money, not to mention it can be brutal on the scalp and on the tresses. Fake hair and human hair can be expensive, often looks fake, and can break the hair underneath it. Natural hair, meanwhile, has its own personality and endless styles.
I studied Oprah’s natural style. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much lift and height in my natural hair. Maybe one day I can rock something similar. All I need is my very own stylist. A makeup artist wouldn’t hurt either.