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    Posted July 23, 2015 by
    Arlington, Virginia

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    "I am not my hair"

    This is hair. It does not define me as a woman. I can wear it which ever way i want to. Why is that so difficult to accept?
    I am a black woman who grew up for the most part in Zimbabwe. Women there change their hair constantly depending on how they feel, the weather, special occasions, their outfits and really for no reason at all. So it is quite interesting having lived in the US and interacting with a more diverse group of people how that is an almost foreign concept. I cannot count the number of times i have had people say, 'wow, another hairstyle?' Yes, who cares, it is just hair. It took a long time for women of African descent to finally accept their hair the way it was made, and to realize that their coarse hair can do all sorts of amazing things. Now to have to deal with people's questions about this hair can throw you off a little because not everyone understands the journey.
    One thing i have to say that is my hair is my accessory which i can wear how ever way i want. I can wear it in braids, cornrows, in a comb out, twisted, straight and in all this, it does not change who i am. Because my hair does not define who i am.
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