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Finding My True Beauty Within Started with My Head

By Altina Boney


“My hair contributes more than half of my confidence. African-American women with natural hair have a certain aura that nobody can touch, honey.” – Naima
 
Not all African-American women of this generation choose to style like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Some choose the likes of Jill Scott, Chrisette Michele and Solange Knowles. In the sense of looking at who they are, and learning to love and embrace it. Naima Turner-Moore is a woman just like that. She is a 21-year-old working college student and full-time natural beauty enthuses.  Having the opportunity to talk to someone about their personal growths and life-changing attributes to having natural hair has created for them is enlightening.
 
Naima went natural three years ago because her scalp became sensitive to the chemical treatment.  The treatment made her scalp tender; as her hair grew and touching it put her in immense pain.  While away for her first year at college she chose to just let her hair be.  No more abuse.  In her journey so far she is learning her hair.  As she said to me, ‘Your hair is a living thing, so I treat my hair like it’s my baby.’ In the beginning as she grew out her perm she would continue to straighten it with a straightening tool. Her mother intervened and told her that the heat wouldn’t help to make the hair grow – it would only make it worst.  Naima is on the path of loving and learning her hair; which is giving her a deeper love for herself. 
 
In her eyes you see the strength and dedication. It does not just spark the way she lives through her beauty on the outside, but through the success she is creating in the present and for her future. She said so much that is enlightening to me that is about more than hair.  The beauty of looking at ones-self and not at the trends pushed by someone creating an image is impeccable in a time where women are indirectly told that beautiful is not who you are. True beauty, Naima.  

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