Chicago-based hairstylist Emon Fowler kicked off the new year with a resolution to help others. Do the “Big chop”, that is. Her Harriet experiment is designed to provide support for women who want to stop perming their hair, and “go natural”. Her mission? To get 700 women to make the change, while surrounded by other supporters. Read the article and watch the video here.
Notable quotes from the article:
“Black women have been conditioned to believe that our hair, in its natural state, is not beautiful, not professional and not manageable,” said Chris-Tia Donaldson, a Chicago-based author who wrote a book about the topic. “When you go to hair that is short, it can take a toll on your self-esteem. You have to learn how to work it and own it.”
“This is all about breaking free from that hair bondage,” said Fowler, a hairstylist. She says her project isn’t about building a clientele but changing mind-sets. “When a woman decides to cut all her hair, she discovers something underneath that is liberating. It can be therapeutic because you have to let go of the idea that you need these superficial extras to feel beautiful. It says, ‘I’ve accepted me.'”
For all my Chicago-based readers, consider reaching out to Fowler for more information on the big chop. You can find her at the Sarah Bellum Natural Hair Suite in Chicago, IL. Also, check out Chris Tia-Donaldson’s book Thank God I’m Natural.