For those of you who may not have seen the January 2012 issue of Essence magazine, natural hair advice is provided to transitioners. But, there has been some Internet chatter about how this blurb was a diss to natural hair bloggers and vloggers.
After reading the statement over, I get it. I actually get both sides. On the one hand, it’s great that Essence is finally giving natural hair the attention it deserves. Too little too late? You be the judge. On the other hand, the Essence magazine writer did gloss over the contributions of the online natural hair community.
In this vein, I present to you…….what the Essence “article” said, and what it should have said.
Be selective about using the information you get from the Internet. “A lot of times YouTubers are speaking about their texture, which may not be yours”, says Martin. Instead, join natural hair communities like those at ESSENCE.com and naturallycurly.com, which are designed to help you learn your hair type and texture. A plus: You can connect with other women who are transitioning.
There are lots of online resources for women transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. You can find many YouTube pages or blogs with videos on product reviews, hairstyles, and general advice/support. Plus, there are many online communities for women with natural hair. Try ESSENCE.com, curlynikkiforums.com, naturallycurly.com, blackgirllonghairforum.com, and longhaircareforum.com (insert other sites here).
Once you become natural, check out blogs, YouTube pages, and online forums to help learn about your hair texture and what works for you. But, be selective about using any information you get from the Internet. Gather information, evaluate, and decide.
A plus to online resources: You can connect with other women who are transitioning.
Note: Yes, my version is longer. But can you see why……?
Your thoughts? Is the original statement a diss? Or just a poorly worded attempt at promoting Essence’s online hair community?