We’re no strangers to a fifty-product, multistep hair-styling regime in order to reign in our rebellious locks. And let’s not forget the multiproduct process of making it stay that way come rain, shine or anything in between. Don’t get us wrong, we love the crackling sound of a curling iron, and that all-too-familiar burning smell of freshly chemically straightened hair as much as the next girl… but we’re tired. Handy, then, that we happen to find ourselves in the midst of a natural hair movement.
Gone are the days of hairspray throat and straightener-burn blush - the natural hair movement on Instagram has seen more women worldwide than ever celebrate their naturally curly hair in all its glory. Serving as a positive space for self-expression, Instagram hashtags #naturalistas, #curlyhairstyles and #naturalhairrocks have definitely inspired us to bare it all. Or should we say, hair it all.
British platform @CurltureUK is one of many not only embracing, but facilitating the movement through their posts about natural hair care and culture, whilst explaining their own hair struggles and solutions. @Curlychicvic tests and trials products, baring before and after photos to keep our own tresses stressless. @itsfinallyfiona and @neffyfrofro provide tutorials of wash days, different hairstyles and product reviews. And let’s not forget about the short-haired curlies, as British-Zimbabwean @niathelight incorporates colourful hair accessories whilst embracing her pixie-cut curl and travelling around the world.
If you’re not quite ready to throw out your straighteners just yet, let us attempt to push you over the edge via some catwalk inspiration. Everyone from Tom Ford to Tibi and Tadashi Shoji were among the many to join the movement this season and support our magnificent heat and chemical-free manes by integrating natural hair models on the runway. About time, too.
Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans, Instagram and supplied