South African High School Suspends Policy Against Afro Textured Hair

The protests of black students from Pretoria High School For Girls in South Africa received world-wide support, with many drawing attention to the cause on Twitter.  It became a trending topic; with the hashtag: #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh . The students were protesting the school’s code of conduct in relation to hairstyles. Check out the story and the code of conduct here. The protests took place at the School’s annual fair on the 27th of August, and sparked debate about racism at the school. The students claimed the policy discriminated against them for wearing their natural, Afro textured hair. They also claimed to have faced derogatory remarks from teachers and, no support from the school in addressing these matters. Pretoria High School has since suspended the hair policy after pressure from government ministers and the Board of Education in Gauteng SA.  A twenty-one day investigation into the school’s hair policy was ordered by Education Minister Panyaza Lesufi.  In a statement released August 30th on their facebook page, they stated that the policy should be suspended while a new and improved one is created.

Protests over South African High School’s policy allegedly against natural hair 3

While on Twitter I noticed a trending hashtag #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh. I clicked on it and saw images of protests, and  tweets of support for girls protesting the school’s hair policy. On Saturday the 27th of August, Pretoria High School for Girls held its annual Spring Fair, this year the event was met with protests by some black students. The students who wear their Afro textured  hair natural were  protesting  the school’s policies pertaining to hair, which they believe discriminates against them.   Many claim to have faced pressure to straighten  their hair in order to conform to  the school’s code of conduct.  Some black students have even accused the school of discouraging them from speaking their native languages.

Five reasons to go natural

You may still be debating the idea of going natural or know someone who is contemplating it. Despite the natural hair movement growing greatly over the years, the majority of black women still use chemical relaxers to straighten their hair.  Here are five reasons to embrace your natural hair and avoid chemical relaxers for good.   1.Longer, healthier hair If you have been struggling to get your hair past shoulder length or a certain point; consider the effects of chemicals on the strength of your hair.  Don’t believe the myth that your only hope is to resort to perpetual weaving in order to have the appearance of long hair. To know the effects of chemical relaxers; check out this post here.  The harsh chemicals from relaxers weaken our already delicate strands. Afro textured hair strands are typically thinner than European and Asian hair.  Yet the use of chemical relaxers is most prevalent in the black community. Therefore we are setting ourselves up to be stereotyped as the group whose hair doesn’t grow long, when this in fact is not true. Weakening chemicals are the problem, not our hair type.  Hair that is weakened from chemicals is more likely to be thinner and shorter, as the hair will inevitably break off at the ends. There are always exceptions, but the majority of us can relate to having problems with breakage due to relaxers.  I used to wonder why it seemed easy for black men to grow huge Afros and have hair longer […]

Eight reasons to big chop again 2

If you’ve been natural for a while you’ve probably spent time trying to maximize your hair growth and reach your terminal length. Most naturals have experienced hair longer than they have ever experienced before; especially compared to the days they permed their hair. We all remember the struggles experienced when first going natural, especially if you big chopped. Not only was it a time to come accustomed to having natural hair, it was also an adjustment to wear extremely short hair, many for the first time. Whether you shaved your head or cut it into a TWA (teeny-weeny Afro), the big chop required a level of boldness, never required before. For many, it was empowering and liberating to no longer be tied to the conventional mandates of beauty. So why would anyone want to go through the process again, when they have been natural for years? Some of our favorite vloggers have  big chopped for a second time, even those who had waist length hair. Have you ever thought of big chopping again. Maybe you are going through a hair rut.  Here are eight reasons to big chop again.

How to break out of a hair rut.

If you’ve been natural for a while, you have probably tried different styling techniques and developed ‘go to’ styles. These are styles that work when all else fails, and are usually done on a regular basis.  They are reliable and inspire the most confidence. However, after a while even these styles can start to get tiresome as you find yourself wearing the same ones week after week.  Your hair may also stop cooperating like it use to, which can be frustrating. Here are some ways to get out of a styling rut and even reinvent yourself. Some may be more suitable than others.

Five ways to achieve thicker natural hair

Afro textured hair is typically perceived as thick and voluminous. However, all hair types whether: European, Asian or Afro textured include thick, medium or  fine variations. Some of us have fine strands but high density hair, or thick strands with low density. Density refers to the number of strands a person has on their head.  It varies from person to person. A person with voluminous natural hair may have fine strands and be required to be extra gentle with their hair, even though they have a high density of strands on their head.  Although they have thick hair, they may still experience more breakage than a woman with thick strands. Here are some tips to ensure your hair is at its maximum volume and  you don’t lose volume unnecessarily.

How to achieve a curly fro

Curly fros are great voluminous styles that allow you to rock a fro without the drawbacks of a regular fro.  Curly fros do not come with shrinkage and will result in less knots. In fact they can even be protective.  This style can be achieved with damp, freshly washed hair, or dry, stretched hair.  Curly fros can also be worn in different ways; including fro-hawks, puffs, pinned to the side or in a pineapple. They are great for special occasions or for an edgy causal look.   Here are some tips and my favorite tutorials on achieving this style.

Three fashion bloggers with dope natural hair

It’s great to gain fashion inspiration from bloggers who generally look like us and present fashion that is reasonably priced and accessible.  It makes a change from relying on high fashion magazines, generally filled with supermodels and designer labels.  Here are some fashion bloggers to check out, who are also rocking amazing natural hair.   SimplyCyn Check out Cynthia of Based in New York City, she is a fashionista, travel blogger and foodie. She usually rocks big fros and chunky twist outs. Her outfits reflect an edgy city style and her natural hair is her best accessory. You can also find her on Instagram.