WELCOME HOME


Nappturality has been online since 2002. Dedicated to all the women in the diaspora who proudly wear their highly textured hair naturally. Nappturality.com is the place to find photographs,, forums, information and links about the care, maintenance and politics of natural hair. Natural napptural hair. Here you will find photos of all natural styles, comb coils, two-strand twists, afro puffs, afros dredlocks (dreadlocks), locs and many other natural styles. Styled by natural napptural haired women on their own hair.

Blogs

3 minutes reading time (618 words)

The Diluted Natural Hair Sisterhood

Natural Hair Dilution

I want to say something about the current iteration of the "natural hair community" and I am going to be blunt. Fractured -- that term came to mind because of all the splits into tribal factions on Facebook and other platforms. Maybe it's more diluted than fractured - or maybe a combo of both.

Everything changes and evolves, sometimes for the better. In the case of the Natural Hair Movement and Community, not so much for the better, at least not what I had expected it to become. Don't get me wrong, some great strides in hair products have been made with the new awareness and new-reclaimed love of our afro natural hair type. But a lot of our hair issues run deep. Deeper than can be explored in a tweet or or in a Facebook group. And I think that's where the fracturing began, and we proceeded to run to our corners.

Social media has given us a place to play and be played. Entertained and to entertain. But it also has birthed a monster where people are all competing for airtime and would rather promote fakery if it helps them to gain followers than provide inclusive, accurate, positive and helpful information which may not receive the same number of likes.

We are divided into factions. Separate groups of people with ONE type of hair or ONE type of style or ONE type of view. Instead of having a NATURAL HAIR UMBRELLA where we can find all kinds of hair and help, we retreat to a corner (and multiple corners) of strictly like-minds and become obsessed with that one point of view, becoming intolerant of and uninterested in opinions that may differ.

This is not how things grow. This is how things stagnate. We must do better.

Too much of what I am seeing online are individuals with ridiculous, insulting and just bad information fueling divisiveness over personal natural hair choices, tearing down and carving up what used to be supportive, helpful and positive natural hair sisterhoods across the web. OR it's because we again have lost our way by falling into hair-typing dependence and looking for that holy grail product to make our afro-kinky hair magically turn into the 3b curly coveted type.

We are disrespecting the afro. STILL.

It's a mess.

It's not limited to the natural hair loose wearer community either. I see it in groups of people with different categories of locs, which is incredibly disappointing since we hold locs and the loc journey in such esteem. So quick to down someone else who may have fewer locs, thin locs, tightening, latching or not latching, whatever. And making women feel bad about their choices if their locs or technique does not measure up to another's expectations.

I thought we were making progress and getting past this nonsense. But apparently, we are still in the field vs house mindset and our hair attitudes are smack bang in the middle of it.

I am not sure what I can do about this, how I can help bring women to empower each other and support each other regardless of their choice of hair style or their natural hair type. I cannot compete with the behemoth of social media and the up and coming "-istas" competing for likes and followers on the 'gram by any means necessary and with any and all tricks and lies about natural hair to get you hooked on their channels full of nonsense enticing you to buy things using their affiliate codes.

Yes, the natural hair movement and sisterhood is worth saving and building on, but if won't be easy to regain the focus and community it used to be, if it is possible at all. Imagine our own spaces, with our own communities and our own women in charge of it all. Can it be?

New Naturalista!
Tackling ​Congested Scalp and Hair
 

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://nappturality.com/

Nappturality Shoe 300 faded

Your Natural Hair is NOT a Fad

Wearing natural hair is not a fad. It is not a fashion trend. It's the natural hair you were born with. So why can't you wear it?
Don't believe the negative hype..

Monique Colon Selena So Blessed Mckibben Bella Negra1 Chasity Williams Tammie Braggs Troya Sowell Hairbyjuanibless2 Lakishia Brown Andrea Cantrell Tammy Mariano Kaleta Battle Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner2 Hairbyjuanibless4 Rhonda Littles Akeisha Brandi Murphy Kathy Terrell Linda Brown Campbell Angie Knight Carolyn Parker Notm Pressed3 Toma Thornhill Yasmeen Cookngd Ali Brown Gema Ebanks Princess First'Lady Briggs Heeyy Jessie Jariel Deanna1 Jillijoy Holloway3 Gloria Obruche 2 Bokua Adwoa Bray Jagged Edge3 Cheryl Freemon Watts Leah Prater Vanessa Agee KaTina Smith Walker KaRen JackSon Alnita Reaves Vaught Chelsea Patterson Sanders Monica Evans3 Andrea Cantrell 2 Heila Da She Serumula 2 Richeau Breland Leslie Blakely9 Leslie Blakely4 Sheila Da She Serumula Nikki Poole Mysteek NaturalHair Courtney Davis Jewel Grant Chara Harris Maya Mj James2 Latanya Coverson Kayla Bush Kennedra Tucker Heeyy Jessie2 Leslie Blakely8 Mary Wells Miz Jones Iman Whitmore 2 Ann Brown Leslie Blakely7 Frankie Monroe 1 LaCharla Figgs Debra Chatman Da OC Ednasia Green J LaKayle Jones2 Sarah Moore 2 Antoinette Jeaninne Talishia Robins2 Sheila Da She Serumula2 Hairbyjuanibless5 Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner3 Sylvia Randi Carroll Jillijoy Holloway2 Lekeytha Dukes Shaw Angie Knight2 Saundrea Arila Mendez Juanita Simmons Daphanie Brooks Gilly Dee Monique Colon2 Tiara Shinae Natanya Jones2 Monica Evans Sasha Stoute2 Monica Evans2 Tonyelle Bennett Talishia Robins Notm Pressed Jaunene Jones Hairbyjuanibless3 Regina Ellis Livingston Tiffany Smith Kim Lewis Sasha Stoute Nikki Poole Keia Parker Kaynisha Renee Martin Bella Zambezie Katrina Stallworth Dominique Truthfairy Williams Watt MrsNohaterallowed Taylor2 Melinda IzsoDivine Michelle Hudson Sarah Moore Leslie Blakely2 EJ Thompson Irena Shipley Frankie Monroe Michele Washington KaTina Smith Walker3 LaJoia Hamilton Iman Whitmore Lisa Amos Wilson Andrea Cantrell 3 Kathy Terrell 3 Shekera Combs Angela Watkins Adaleia Coultman Queena Beenblessed Williams Monica Evans4 Shalari Drakes Emmanuelle Key Dickerson Princess First'Lady Briggs2 Bryanna Knight Jagged Edge Jazmine J. Boss Cheryl Freemon Watts2 Khady Didi Sow KaTina Smith Walker2 Gloria Obruche 1 Sonjia Murphy Msincognito Shades Jillijoy Holloway Adaleia Coultman2 Karmen B. Jones Sheila Da She Serumula Trina Smith Raticka Scruggs Lauren Foster Walls Jariel Deanna2 Gilly Dee Samantha Jordan Raven Nacole Madison Shadi Shukuma Maepa Frankie Monroe 2 Ayesha La Vonia Boyd HairbyJuanibless Angela Watkins2 Jay Roge6 Melody Dark Kenita Mitchell Adaleia Coultman3 Urecha Dunn2 Nyree' Allen Raticka Scruggs Betty Alexander McGriff Queena Beenblessed Williams2 Trina Smith 2 Monique Colon Lorraine Gray Monique Wilson Tammie Elkerson Mcgill Mary Wells Leslie Blakely Marilyn E Lowe Diamond Mull Trina Smith 3 Ashley Erica Holmes Hale Princess First'Lady Briggs4 Nicki Wade Solange Campos 1 Solange Campos Urecha Dunn Jacqueline Parker Leslie Blakely3 MrsNohaterallowed Taylor KaRen Bokua Adwoa Bray 2 Angela Watkins3 Shannon Bell Jariel Deanna3 KaRen JackSon2 J LaKayle Jones3 Adey's Natural Hair Tips Nadia Newton Sharea Twymon Summers Naiesha Howell Emmanuelle Key Dickerson2 ShaRon Hicks2 J LaKayle Jones LaShawn Jay Roge3 Jay Roge Sophonie Bien Aime Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner Divinity Starr Jagged Edge2 Cynthiakim1 Leslie Blakely6 Denise Billings Cynthiakim2 Kathy Terrell 4 Sonya Makeba Abigail Boyce Daniella Cardoza2 Nikki Poole 2 Lysa Davis Raticka Scruggs2 Kathy Terrell 2 Amanda Flowers Peterson Sheila Da She Serumula3 Maya Mj James Jariel Deanna Curley N Cynthia Simpson Marenda Eison Star Bullard Adaleia Coultman4 Jay Roge4 Princess First'Lady Briggs3 Daniella Cardoza Natanya Jones Chenay N. Bryant Vicky Hightower Essie Dodson KaRen JackSon Mysteek NaturalHair2 Natanya Jones3 Kimberly Montague Candace Montgomery Destiny Hawkins Eiimariiee Rosee Lynn Tracy Gary Jennifer Bass Tamara Hinkle Moore Leslie Blakely5