You would not believe the amount of information that is involved in understanding your afro curled hair. Because of this massive amount of information, I’m unsure as to whether or not we, the consumer, are maybe intimidated by its mass or if we passively unconsciously choose to, as Faith Evans would say, walk on by.
But sooner or later we have to elevate or the one industry we absolutely own will be taken from under us. A way to reveal your consciousness is to question — Everything. In questioning we have to make sure we are not only asking the right questions but we have to practice replying with correct language to obtain the ultimate: truth. Questions yield answers but LANGUAGE yields truth.
I had a conversation with my afro hair mentor who’s one of the best there are out there, SHOUT OUT TO YOU, but for blogging purposes lets call her Sylvia. So Sylvia constantly challenges me to an elevated afro self. I was asked, and this is a summarized version of the conversation between us:
Sylvia: “I just came from giving a lecture to some afro curl women. I asked for questions at the end of the lecture and this lady stood up and asked me this so now I’m asking you Tasha, tell me this: what in the WORLD is transition? When you refer to your afro hair what ‘transitioned?’”
I was stumped mainly because she’s an afro curl expert so I ebonically I was saying to myself, ‘how you onn’t know what transitionin’ is?” but I managed to muster a response of:
Me: “… my hair transitioned.”
In retaliation she said:
“…no, your hair didn’t transition. Your hair didn’t do a damn thang’. YOU are the one that transitioned!”
*Eyes Wide Shut moment*
After that conversation I had so much revelation and introspection. Our hair is the same hair we’ve always had. It was me that chose creamy crack to lay it down. Now I’m returning afro and I want to say “I’m transitioning.” Did I “transition” TO creamy crack? And I ask you, did YOU transition to creamy crack? No we didn’t. Maybe I or my Mother thought of tightly curled hair as a plague but whatever the reason an exodus was made. I left my afro hair for processing but to come back I have to transition? Naaah.
Repeat this to yourself: For my hair to look European I purchased this white cream, laid it on my hair, and WA-LA: straight hair. But to RETURN or as we say, “transition” to my true or the authentic state of my afro hair I have to purchase product after product mainly produced by Europeans.
*Eyes Wide Shut moment* (again) because she was right. It was during my return I discovered my blackness. I was aware of it previously but I didn’t begin my awakening until I returned Afro. EYE transitioned. I changed. I began a tireless search with My Divine and His purpose for the life He’d given me. We all surely transition; our hearts move and our minds become uncluttered. Our hair did absolutely nothing but be our hair. The same it had always been.
You have to sometimes experience pain when we make an exodus and then return. If you don’t leave home then you don’t have to come home but if you leave home and you want to come back, you’ve got to get a couple of lashes. And that’s what the afro hair industry is going through now. We are getting lashes. We’re getting a beating because we returned when we shouldn’t have left in the first place. Our hair IS and WAS fine. That’s why we have closets and shelves full of bottles, potions, and concoctions. We’ve forgotten how to do our “own” hair. We aren’t transitioning. We simply came home. Returned. And that’s why we have every product in the maintenance aisle trying to “transition” our hair, except transitioning doesn’t exist.
When will it end? Or the better question is How will it end? Asking questions to Yield truth.