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Patricia Gaines aka Deecoily is the founder and creator of Nappturality in 2002, the beginning of the natural hair movement. Since 2000 she has been blogging on all things natural hair, Black culture and politics.
The most important thing I am going to say to you is this, so let me get it over with now. A healthy body grows healthy hair.
It wasn't long ago that wearing natural hair other than in a short afro, was prohibited in the US military. Times are changing, slowly.
Can you wear you afro without adornment? WIthout a headband / scarf or hair combs? After years of using chemical relaxers, can you really enjoy every part of the process of going natural? If you can't, you're not alone. Let's examine why.
The natural hair movement began online around 2001, and exploded right here on Nappturality.com. So yes, we can claim it. Is the natural hair movement the exclusive domain of Black women? In my opinion, yes it is. It is not exclusion, it is protection.
Avoiding buildup inside locs is probably the the most imporant thing you can do to successfully wear locs for many years.