At one time in the Afrikan diaspora, especially the U.S., men and women would straighten their hair and lighten there skin. Skin lightening has fallen out of favor in most of the diaspora but it has recently been marketed to the continent, where its use is growing at alarming rates. But our attitude towards our hair has remained consistent. That is until the appearance of the natural hair movement. (However, even within the natural hair movement, one can still see the “good hair” phenomenon lingering about, the better the curl definition, the “gooder” the hair.) To say that wearing natural hair does not make a statement, is to be naïve. Since the rise of Semitics and Caucasian power, Afrikan women, whose beauty has been questioned or denied, in large part because of their hair, to now wear that which has been historically ridiculed as unattractive or even subhuman, and to see beauty in it, to style it in the most amazing, and creative ways, is not simply a question of personal or individual style—it is a racial statement that addresses and redefines what is beautiful. It is a major pronouncement. You belittle the statement when you reduce it to the personal or even egotistical. No, natural hair is bigger than the individual, it always has been. It a racial thing whether you own up to it or not. So, if wearing your hair natural is no big thing, then you need to make it a big thing; if not for yourself then for all the little girls you will inspire and send the message that you are beautiful, hair and all, just as you are. Once we can do this, then this natural hair trend will truly become a movement, and once it becomes a geniuine movement, we can transform it into a revolution!
PS: IndiaArie was correct in that the spirit is the essence of our being. But she sort of sidetracked the importance of our self image of ourselves as human beings living under the material circumstances that we do.