Naturally Acceptable

Over the past 10 years there has been a wave of women tossing away  chemicals and rocking their own natural texture hair.That means lots of folks came to a rude awakening when they realized black girls hair was not actually silk and straight—its actually curly, coily and in my instance puffy. Some folks had a conniption—old black folks who didn’t understand why anyone would step out the house looking unkempt, employers who thought it unprofessional to walk around making political statement in office and the general population who equated straight hair with beauty because lets face it—our beauty standards are based on the presence of Eurocentric features—straight hair, fair skin, small nose.

As people grow more used to seeing variation of textured hair, there are a few things you may need to know. Consider this weekly update as your 5 things on what not to say, do or assume to/about a woman with natural hair.

I wanna know your thoughts! What else should folks know about the natural hair movement?

Oh Girl, Who Does Your Hair

I took some time out from the blog to focus on LackToast Ent and publishing our book “Voyage of Truth”.  I’ve been contemplating what I should write about and on Thurday Black Twitter blessed me with my answer.  Apparently the family of Rachel Dolezal outed her and told the world that their daughter has been flaunting about Spokane, Washington as a fraudulent black woman. Twitter got hold of the story and had the entire time of their lives and created #AskRachel.

Jimmy Fallon Laughing

While we can debate about the validity of transracialism and question Rachel’s integrity— the answer is, she has none she went to great lengths to convince the world that not only she was black but that she was born in a teepee—but the thing I’m really focused on is her hair.  How did Rachel’s locks go from fine and silky to I’m black and I’m proud?


Inquiring minds want to know- was it a perm, wig, crochet install or straight weave? What products does she use to keep her hair perfectly coiffed?  Does Rachel do the black girl head pat when her scalp is itching?


What YouTube tutorials was she watching? Does she do her own hair or does she go to a stylist?  Was she so committed to her cause that she learned the art of cornrowing and adding extensions to her own head? Did she frequent Chocolate Hair/ Vanilla Care to learn more about her African roots? If she went to a stylist, could the stylist really not tell that home girl’s type 1A hair was a dead giveaway that she wasn’t black? Did the stylist confront her? Did Rachel swear her to secrecy? We need answers!


When Rachel answers the first round of black card application questions—can she answer these?