Thursday, June 21, 2012

About that Natural Hair Day idea...

In one of my most popular blog posts to date, I expressed the wish that Black women generally would wear natural hair styles, rather than feeling the need to straighten their hair. I ended the post by calling for a Natural Hair Day:

"Let there be ONE day out of the year when Black women everywhere feel free to wear the hair God gave them.

Who's in?"

I had no idea that such a day - or something close to it - already exists: National Natural Hair Meetup Day.

From the website:

"The International Natural Hair Meetup Day is an annual one-day event. Its purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meetups on the same day. Natural hair meetups are events designed to share information, techniques, inspiration and products to aid individuals in their natural hair journey."

I consider this a great idea, so I was disappointed to learn that:

  1. This year's NNHMD was on May 19, and
  2. Pittsburgh was not listed among participating cities (Philadelphia was the only Pa. city with a listed event). 

On the other hand, having just missed this year's NNHMD means that Pittsburghers have nearly a full year to plan for next year's NNHMD, which will be Saturday, May 18.

So now my question is, do any Black women in Pittsburgh have a strong enough desire for this to happen here to help make it happen, here?

If so, I have a slogan for you: "Helping you to take good care of your good hair."

What about it, ladies?
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