10 years ago, when I first envisioned Nappturality.com - there was nowhere on the internet for women like me. Women who were though to have gone against the grain by daring to wear her natural hair out. Back in those early days, it was considered radical - unconventional - bohemian - risky - to reject the relaxer or hot comb.
My intentions were to create a place, a safe haven, for me and other women, to share our loves, our lives, our experiences with regard to something that was basically unheard of in the American mainstream experience.
Our hair carries with it a lot of cultural baggage. Whether we choose to admit it - face it - or not - we have been conditioned for generations to reject our natural hair. In the United States there were laws on the books in some southern states ordering that Black women cover their hair in public with scarves or hats. Our ancestors' heads were shaved, they were deprived of the most basic of grooming necessities.
Over time, we lost the capacity to love, adorn and care for our hair, to the point where we used toxic chemicals, searing heat and other dangerous methods to force it into an unnatural state of texture-less - far removed from its natural state. When this fails, we place someone else's hair on our heads
Nappturality was founded 10 years ago to provide a place of knowledge and support - to bring back the knowledge we lost so long ago and to recognize the beauty in our natural selves, from our hair to our skin, features and culture. And now look around... YouTubes, blogs, natural hair businesses started in kitchens, websites, social groups all over the internet. And I could not be more proud to have been a catalyist in this revolution. When I think back to those early days and what we went through just to keep Nappturality.com online - it make me remember what a tremendous journey this has been!
Nappturality is open to everyone who is interested in learning about their afro hair, or their loved one's hair. It is also here to challenge some long-held beliefs that have held us back for so long. It is a challenging journey and if you are just starting out, Nappturality is the best place to be for that very important early start. We are here to help and support you all along your way. We do not promote or sell hair products. Nappturality is an independent information provider dedicated to truth and honesty in African American and Black beauty and haircare.
We have been lied to for far too long.
I hope you enjoy your stay with us, make some friends and learn something along the way. It's time to take your power back.
Patricia Gaines (Deecoily)