Does wearing wigs, weaves, extensions, or chemically altering your hair texture reflect an act of self-hatred? Many activists are loud about this position. But let's make this really clear. Tastes and choices have evolved over the years and experimentation with new things doesn't mean that you are rejecting anything at all about who you are.
From a personal standpoint, I can say that these additional styling options provide more variety for the individual, especially if you are searching for a quick way to diversify your look. Some are also useful as protective styles which relieve the hair from daily styling and manipulation. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing to rock a particular hair-do or style. Don't be quick to judge without knowing the other person's story.
So what is your story? Are you totally in love with your Afro-textured hair? Or have you chosen a particular hairstyle as a means of conforming to this society's ideals of beauty. Are you less than ecstatic about that "mane" that has been artfully numbered and installed in your follicles? If this is the case, it is time to really "emancipate yourself from mental slavery." Only you can free yourself of guilt or shame, or any feelings of self-hate or self-loathing that might be lingering in your mind. Under that weave or wig, you're still "curly"....... and you will always be curly. That we can never change.
But now, let's get back to one of my original questions: Is there room here for everyone? As I have being writing this text I've discovered that the Natural Hair Revolution is definitely a poignant movement which has deep implications for many other issues. The greater message, however, is self-love and self-acceptance. Embrace your identity! Our heroes and past leaders have fought and died for the freedoms we now enjoy. Our minds need to be set free so that we can truly love and appreciate the beauty in us all.
If we are ashamed of the kinks in our hair, then this speaks of a much deeper issue. As Marcus Garvey articulated, "Remove the kinks from your mind, not your hair."