I wear my hair natural

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I wear my hair natural for the girls who miss out on jumping carelessly into the water, dancing in the rain, and standing under the showerhead.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who learned about straighteners and heat protectant sprays before they learned about satin pillowcases and co-washes and castor oil.

I wear my hair natural for the girls whose mothers and fathers never taught them how to maintain their natural hair. Who paved the foundation for its damage.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who grew impatient with the process. Who tried but gave up on the kinks, the shrinkage, the detangling, the maintenance. I gave up before too.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who won’t realize what their curls look like until their twenties.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who sat at the stove while their mommas heated up the hotcomb. For the girls who got their ears burned and ends fried.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who will have to lose their curls before ever finding them again.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who played with straight-haired white dolls and straight-haired black dolls then turned on their televisions to watch straight-haired white girl sitcoms.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who straightened their hair for the interview, for the promotion. For the girls who straightened their hair to keep their job.

I wear my hair natural for the little black kids depicted as barbaric savages, as alligator bait. For the “animalistic” black women, because what sells more than being subhuman.

I wear my hair natural for the girls who are scared that boys won’t like them with their natural hair. For the girls who fear they won’t like themselves with natural hair.

I wear my hair natural for Gaia, Mother Earth, whose atoms formed my body from my toes to my hair. Made the curls on my head match the curves of my hips. Who designed my curls with twisted Zion roads in mind. Who fluffed my shape like cumulous clouds and textured it like rippled waves.

I wear my hair natural for black women.

 

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