Let me start off by saying I loooove Tracee Ellis Ross! Ever since Girlfriends. It was one of my favourite shows and she was my favourite character because I saw a lot of me in her character (don’t know how because I was young) so I was bummed when it was cancelled.Anyway, I think shes a brilliant actress generally. So I was happy when I found out she had a YouTube channel and had a collaboration with another YouTuber I love, Chescaleigh! I watched a couple of videos on her channel and subscribed because I love her personality and there is SO much life knowledge in her videos. She is a woman who exudes self confidence and self acceptance.
So why am I randomly talking about Tracee Ellis Ross? Well Tracee has beautiful BIG curly hair and she is loved by the natural community because she unapologetically wears her hair BIG (as seen in the photo above). So shes “hair-spiration” to many women on their natural journey including me because she shows how big hair is beautiful. Earlier in the week I came across the image below:
When I saw it I laughed a little because it was funny but it also made me sad. One thing I don’t like that I see sometimes among naturals is the quest for the perfect curl as well as curl envy. Sometimes there’s a focus on getting defined curls and if your hair cant curl, what products can you use to make it curl etc. Sometimes people focus too much on other peoples hair and trying to get their hair the same. It should be more about accepting your hair the way it is, whatever texture it because its your hair. It might not do the same thing as another person even when you use the same products. Its all about learning about your hair and taking care of it.
This morning I logged onto YouTube to see what videos I missed during the week and Tracee had uploaded a video not only addressing the picture but also talking about hair in general how we should love our hair! How she didn’t used to like her hair because she wanted someone else’s. How we should embrace our textures and learn what works for us as all our journeys are different. She has started the Hair Love campaign/tag and she wants everyone to make a video with approximately 1 – 5 words/quick phrases about why you love your hair. Watch Tracee’s video here! I don’t make videos, but I thought I’d participate via the blog:
I’m Lukeki and I love my hair because its bigger than it was when I was relaxed. It’s versatile. It’s full of surprises. Its beautiful. It’s me.
Why do you love your hair? Join in. If you have a YouTube channel make a video!