Afro Moments by Wendy Nikolle'
So, what is a "Naturalista" anyway? Well, I guess since its a completely invented word, it can mean almost anything! LOL! But, my definition is a woman who lives by the intangible. She enjoys keeping her life and her look in an organic state. No, I don't mean "raised with out chemicals" organic. Although, that may apply at times! I mean organic as is full of the life that flows from the inside. Her home is filled with life. Her workplace is affected by her "life energy". Her personal style flows from her life energy, not from a desire to keep up with trends set by outward influences. That doesn't mean she is never trendy...it just means that she wouldn't pick up a trend if it did not truly reflect her inner self. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about the "Anti-Naturalista"!
Going natural is one of the hottest trends out there right now. When done by a Naturalista for personal and sincere reasons, it is a great expression of self-contentment and positive confidence. When done by an "Anti-Naturalista", it becomes a mundane series of conversations about hair typing, fighting shrinkage, and streams of self pics documenting length and curl definition. I see you're about to throw a handful of Eco Styler in my face! Just give me a second!!! I am NOT saying that chats about products and techniques are not necessary when caring for our delicate coils. I am saying that when I get an email from you and the first item you address after greeting me is always an offer to send me a new pic of your latest hair status or a detailed description of how bouncy your curls were after treatment thus and such.......sigh.......I think you might be an Anti-Naturalista.
Lisy2 by Wendy Nikolle'
II Timothy 3:6-7 "For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of truth." ESV
Now, this verse was the apostle Paul warning Timothy, a young pastor, of how to spot false teachers and false prophets. Even in Biblical times there were those who were using Christianity as a means to emotionally manipulate people. Wow. Not that my hair is NEARLY as crucial as my SOUL, but I can't help but see a parallel between sisters who become emotionally crippled by depending on false doctrine that feeds their insecurities and sisters who become obsessed with commentary on their tresses because it affirms their beauty. The women Paul was talking about were injured and damaged, therefore it was easy for these manipulators to capture their attention. Also, they were band wagoners. Wherever the running fad is coming from is where they want to be. Where they NEED to be. This gives them a sense of belonging. Talking incessantly about our hair does not help us "belong" with each other. It keeps us distracted FROM each other. We become trapped in a constant cycle of narcissism; identifying with our hair rather than letting the hair become part of our identity.
Let's try a fresh approach. Let's talk about our hair as much as we talk about our teeth or our kneecaps. Naturalistas set their hair free from the pretense of chemical processing NOT so they can draw attention to their waves every chance they get. They do it because they want their hair to be as free as their spirit. Don't entertain Anti-Naturalista's in their obsessions. There may be some deeper emotional and spiritual needs there that manifest in their hair fetish. Let's encourage our girlfriends to define themselves not their curl type.