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Natural Hair Documentary by Zina Saro-Wiwa

Why More Women Are Choosing Natural Hair

For an increasing number of women, relaxers are out and natural hair is in. As filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa shows in this minidocumentary, more and more Black women are making the transition from chemically treated hair to their natural texture. Saro-Wiwa herself appears in the film, initially shaving off her braided extensions for a video project. "I can see myself getting uglier," she quips, perhaps only half joking. Seven months later, to her surprise, she's growing out her natural hair — and she loves it.

From there, she became "obsessed" with natural curls, falling in love with her own hair texture. In the film, she speaks with a number of women whose natural hair runs the gamut from tight to fluffy, from kinky to wavy, from closely cropped to big and bountiful. "There are as many 'natural hair journeys' as there are transitioning women," Saro-Wiwa writes. And as she captures in this film, there are so many ways that natural hair is beautiful.

Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
 @testadura67 That's really interesting, and it seems to parallel Saro-Wiwa's experience. Amazing to see how the changes we make sometimes result in us blooming unexpectedly.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
 @Maria Beatriz2817199 Awesome! It's so inspiring to hear women who are loving their hair. How long had it been since you'd last been natural?
Maria-Beatriz2817199 Maria-Beatriz2817199 5 years
 @testadura67 i think thats the beauty on this.  we do it in fear, wondering how ugly ou boyish we would look like and suddenly, its a confident beautiful woman that gets out of shell
testadura67 testadura67 5 years
One of my best friends just chopped her hair off to start going natural, and it was like this huge liberation for her. It wasn't intended that way, but she became so much more confident, and her hair is so beautiful. She loves it, and looks great!
Maria-Beatriz2817199 Maria-Beatriz2817199 5 years
I did my big chop a february 2011. My hair was a mess, half relaxed, half natural. Just got tired of not knowing who i am, how was my real hair... Definitly, this is not a bad hair. It's mine and its amazing!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
 @mzcks Talk about kicking off 2011 with a fresh start! What made you decide to go natural?
KittyFistpumps KittyFistpumps 5 years
wow this video is amazing and exactly on point. I did the BC ( big chop "cutting off all chemically treated hair") Jan 1 2011 . I am now with a beautiful healthy fro with softer hair than i ever had .. embrace what you have !!! 
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
 @BeautyAddict28 Don't you want to see a full natural hair film from Saro-Wiwa? I like her perspective.
BeautyAddict28 BeautyAddict28 5 years
Great to see you guys doing an article on this. Love it!
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