"Hairties showcases the idea of connectedness — how we as Black girls and women can connect through our hair, and not be divided by trivial differences," Naomi Grant, who's featured in #Hairties, tells Refinery29. "We take an introspective look on generations, and how we will carry what are mothers told us to our daughters and so on, suggesting the tie can never be broken."
Now, it's important to recognize that straightening your hair is not wrong, no matter who you are or how old you are. However, it's equally as important to understand that society's norms are finally being expanded to celebrate the beauty of textured hair worn natural — and we're so here for it, which is why projects like this are so important.
"No matter how much we try not to care what other people say, it’s part of our nature," Opiah told Yahoo! Beauty, noting that real change must come from within the communities. "How people respond to you has a greater impact on what you do and believe than the images we might see in the media. The media might say, 'this look is beautiful,' but boys liking certain girls because they have that look or girls making fun of other girls who don’t have that look is what’s going to make you believe what the media says."
It's a small step in the right direction, so every young boy and girl can make a personal decision about how to wear their hair — instead of believing one way is right or wrong. Because, after all, there's no better hair than what grows out of your head — and that's a message that's priceless, no matter what decade we're in.
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Photographed by Rochelle Brock.