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So what exactly are men saying about natural hair? Do men tend to disapprove or approve of how woman are now wearing their hair? Are they trying to embrace the sense of freedom and empowerment women are having by making this choice? Do they simply not care? Or are they not approving of this movement in the slightest?


Transitioning is already a big step in the natural hair journey and is tough on a woman in general. Some men may not care and may love how natural hair looks. But, there is always going to be that little inkling of men loving weaves and straight hair despite what they may deem okay in today’s society. It has been what we all have known to be considered as beautiful because that is the European standard that has been set for decades before us.


It’s embedded in our culture as a whole, which is pretty sad to say the least.


Sadly, men tend to continually think that your “less” beautiful than you were before by changing how you do your hair. They think that the straighter your hair, the prettier you are which isn’t true in the slightest. Don't get me wrong, there are those men out there who are loving this shift and enjoy seeing how this movement is taking place. But really beyond that, do we or should we care about their opinion at all?

Now, listen I am a feminist so at the end of the day, I truly could care less what a man thinks. I can't say I have always thought that way but as I got older, I realized my opinion of myself mattered more than the opinion of a man. It's completely okay to want to feel attractive and have your man see you in that light. However, if a man can't love you as you are then there is a huge problem...with him. Not you. 

With that said, I do realize we can’t entirely blame men for the way they think because mainstream media tends to play a part in what’s beautiful and what isn’t. But, I do believe eventually with much effort, men will get used to the idea of natural hair and may come to love it as much as we do. In conjunction with that, I think since the world is moving into a new era with natural hair showing up more of the norm vs the exception, it's showing that we mean business and this is not a fad. 

The world is starting to take notice and jumping on the wagon with changes in the market from products to ads we see. As we continue to change the beauty standard, by controlling the market with how we purchase and through social media, the conversation will change. One thing that I do see lacking is the diversity with these ads or what is considered "okay". I would like to see a better blend of textures but I know it's all baby steps. Even they count toward making a difference. 





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