What to do with a Natural Hairdo?

October 10th, 2010  |  by Veralyn Williams |  Published in Blog, Personal Essays  |  2 Comments

My hair has gone through so many changes over the years. This year alone I have gone from single braids to cornrows to straight hair to my signature curly hair.

And in the middle of all these changes- I decided in March to cut ALL the perm out of my hair! I’d been dreading the entire perming process for a while, and decided enough was enough! No more “creamy-crack” for me! [No shade to "creamy-crack" though. -ADDED 6/10/14]

This decision was super empowering and very freeing… But if I’m being honest, it was also terrifying!

Truth is, since cutting my hair I haven’t been brave enough to rock my afro outside my house. Every time I take out my braids (or weave), I look at my perm-less hair and think, “what the hell am I going to do with this?”

And then I make an appointment with Shemen (my hair dresser of 11 years) to add hair.

I know. I know. I should be embracing it, but it’s one thing to talk about “going natural” and
 quite another to actually live it. Especially since I aspire to be a woman in the media.

Yes I acknowledge my Public Radio mentors (in my head) Michel Martin and Farai Chideya, but besides Whoopi Goldberg on The View can you name another Black woman with natural hair on a mainstream network?

Well, while having this internal conflict from within, I have been watching two of my girls, Veronica Buapim and Vickie Remoe. They both not only embraced their natural hair, but look cute doing it. And both are in the media! So yes, they give me hope for my future hair choices. I can do this… Well we’ll see.

Veronica Buapim, Black Enterprise | Natural Since Aug 2010

Vicke Remoe, The Vickie Remoe Show | Natural Since 2004









  1. Grandma Judy says:

    October 10th, 2010at 9:54 pm(#)

    Go ahead and show your true African beauty. Natural hair is very freeing but it can also take a lot of effort maintaining it. But when I remember those burns from the perm and think about the chemicals seeping int my head, I am happy to go nappy!!

  2. Mat86 says:

    October 15th, 2010at 4:58 am(#)

    You all have inspired me! I'm going to do it within the next year! Truly beautiful!

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