My husband has been asking me to wear my hair in an afro since we have been together, 1997. He would help me take my hair out of braids and my hair would be afro crimped and he would say, “I love it just like this honey. Wear it like that”. I felt loved for me, but at the same time I didn’t believe him. And it is sad that my fear of challenging mainstream culture was more of a stronghold in me than the love of my husband. However, I know that the change in me that has occurred over the last 5 years due largely to the acceptance and love of my husband. Our culture has changed toward natural black hairstyles as well, in media and with new products emerging. But my husband regularly telling me I am beautiful, and loving my natural hair has had the largest impact.
At the beginning of June I asked him for the very last time this question; with two pictures in my hand from a current magazine, I asked “soooo you truly prefer this gal over this gal?” He gave me an exuberant and somewhat exhausted YES!
And you know what, for the first time I believed him.
Of course it is not him who has changed but me who has started to believe. As always it is important to note that Scarlett Johansson is beautiful but the newsflash to me is that.... so is Tomiko Fraser.
I am so glad that I am crossing to the other side of this internal battle. It is so much healthier for my soul. As a mother of a daughter I will be able to lead her by example, which is always more powerful than words.
I encourage you to cross over to the side of your internal battles, whatever they may be. Rightly so, some battles may take professional and medicinal support but the point is, don’t give up… you are worth it and those you influence will be better for it.