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Did You Know? Natural Hair Group embraces growing trend

Did You Know? Natural Hair Group embraces growing trend

Kinesiology Senior Morganne Cameron spends more than 20 minutes a day maintaining her natural hair. She fixes her hair every night by twisting it up with a cream and sleeps with a cap, so it’s ready to go when she wakes up in the morning. Photo By Aimee Pass/Staff Photographer

Did You Know? Natural Hair Group embraces growing trend
January 16
00:01 2013

Morgan Gentry
Staff Writer

The UNT campus is thriving with a student body full of diverse, eccentric individuals. Many people make a statement with outrageous hairstyles, but for the African-American community, being natural is the biggest statement of all.

Starting last semester, a group of UNT students created a club for African-Americans to embrace the natural-hair look and educate those who may not know how to care of their natural texture.

“The thing about being natural is that it’s a cultural thing,” said Aleesa Washington, UNT’s Natural Hair Group Secretary and anthropology junior. “People of color have been conditioned to change the chemical construct of their hair to fit in.”

Though “going natural” is not a new concept, there are still many people of all races who are not familiar with the process and manageability of having natural hair.

Members said in the past, African-Americans’ natural texture and style was socially considered dirty and unkempt. Permanents – a process that uses harsh chemicals to alter hair texture – and weaves are typical ways African-Americans achieve straight, sleek hair.

“People are starting to embrace natural beauty rather than long, fake hair,” fashion merchandising junior Chelcie Guidry said. “I think women see how confident other women are with it, then think they can do it too.”

In the club, leaders focus on teaching different aspects of being natural to about a hundred members. They cover topics like the best natural products to use, protective styles for natural hair, weekly regimens, professional hair care and discussing what natural hair means to members.

After being natural for a year and nine months, kinesiology senior Morganne Cameron said she would never get a perm again.

“My hair grows healthier, and it allows me to grow my hair to its fullest potential,” Cameron said. “I learn about new products and the less toxic way of doing my hair.”

Meetings are at 5 p.m. on Thursdays in the multicultural room in the Union.

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