This Monday, we woke up to the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh hashtag, an anti-racism movement which was sparked by a group of young black girls who pioneered a silent protest against the school and its rules on hair. This latest incident further pokes a hole in our education system, and our leadership has a huge task in ensuring that the forms of oppression that have been reported in relation to this matter come to a stop and ensure that young black girls feel safe and protected at school. Sadly, this also exposed the tired hair politics in our society, men thinking they can tell women how to wear their hair, women shaming women who choose to wear weaves or process their hair. As women’s month draws to a close, my appeal is that we let women BE! I wish to see men refrain from thinking they can dictate what women should or should not do with their hair. Equally, I’d love to see women being more accepting of other women who have different ideals to them.
Due to the #Hairpidemic we are currently facing, I’ve decided to celebrate women who have been unapologetic in rocking their hair (whether natural or not).
Here is your guide to rocking unapologetic and fierce hairstyles:
Boity Thulo: Boity is probably one of the few celebrities who are not afraid to be explorative and have a little fun with their hair. Just the other day, she sprayed her hair pink for a shoot, has in the past dyed her hair beach blonde and was recently spotted at the VMAs looking stunning in long braids.
Moozlie: Nomuzi burst into the scene as the bald-headed beauty who stole our hearts on MTV’s VJ Search. Nomuzi and Amber Rose to me have always been the only people I assumed looked better with no hair. This year, Moozlie surprised me with her slaying sleeked hairstyle. I love it on her
Rihanna: My all time favourite Rihanna hairstyle is her cropped cut! Rihanna is the queen of exploring and having fun with her fashion and hair. This is Rihanna we’re talking about, so surely she makes anything work. But her red hair during the Loud Era, blonde-shaved side hair during Rated R era and the recent high bun she was sporting during the VMA weekend have always stood out for me.
Chef Nti: Nti’s hair evolution has been very interesting to watch. When I first started following her on Instagram, she was the blonde-weaved girl who just made it work. I’ve also fallen involve with the chilled looks she has been rocking lately, particularly the faux dreads and braids.
Fezokuhle Zulu: Fezo is undoubtedly an enchanting beauty, but her hair has always drawn me to her. She has always rocked the fiercest weaves, whether curly, straight, cropped or blonde. However, she is blessed with good hair and has proven that she can also rock natural when she wants to.
Ayanda Thabethe: The gorgeous Ms Thabethe is one of the most beautiful women in the industry, and her hair is equally gorgeous. Ayanda has also proven to be quite versatile with her hairstyles and seems to be able to pull off just about any hairstyle.