3. Celebrating Afro-centric Facial Features
Approximately one-third of the American population is Black, Asian, Latinx, or Native American, yet more than 80% of the images we see in the media are white. This statistic is unfortunately all too damaging for the self-esteems of little black girls, who will grow up seeing images of people who look nothing like themselves.
One way to free yourself from Eurocentric beauty ideals is to redefine what beauty means to you. Western media celebrates thin noses, light skin, and bone-straight hair. So how do you get rid of the brainwashing and indoctrination? Surround yourself with images that look like you. The paintings you hang in your house, the movies you watch, the stores you shop at, even the people you spend time with—make sure they reflect you in some way. Begin to actively and consciously celebrate Afro-centric facial features, including wide noses and big, full lips, and dark-colored eyes.
One day, I’d like to get to a point where natural hair is no longer a decision we have to make, but that most black women naturally love their hair to the point where they are willing to wear it out each day. Hopefully by that point, natural hair will no longer be just a trendy fad, but a way of life for the vast majority of black women all over the globe. Still today, black women have a tendency to hide our hair behind protective styles. I know this because I have done it before too. We’ve been mocked and ridiculed for embracing our natural hair, which explains why we are still hesitant about loving it completely today. But let’s take the power back into our hands and make a conscious effort to fully love our natural hair, shrinkage and all.