In my latest video, I tackled an ongoing battle between "teams" set up and over emphasized by social media. Team natural hair versus team relaxed, or team weaves and wigs (ridiculous I know) however, it has become a major challenge for those of us in the beauty community. As a "beauty guru" on YouTube I personally have seen the separation between the natural hair gurus, and the others. It has come to an unfortunate point, and it's seems as though if you are not wearing your hair in it's natural state you are not respected as much as a woman wearing locs or twist out! I recently watched another YouTube personality, she has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and she made a statement saying when she wears "wigs and weaves or anything that makes her hair longer or in a different texture...people treat her different". She goes on to say wearing her afro textured, natural hair brings more "genuine" people and conversations. Comments like that are made out of personal experience and opinion, but they still set that line of separation amongst those that are listening, so I honestly did not care for her statements. YouTube is definitely separated by so many beauty lines, and I am wondering when will things change. Natural hair gurus tend to get more views and subscribers because they are viewed as "real", but you have someone like myself who is always real and true to myself, that struggles to gain in subscribers/views. In addition to hair separations, you have the "mixed" gurus, light skin gurus, dark skin gurus, makeup or no makeup gurus, and we're all seemingly being placed into boxes.
As a Black woman, that is constantly asked "what is your nationality?" I get wanting to be "proud" of your race, but the truth is the way you wear your hair does not make you a proud Black woman or anything less than. I do not have a relaxer, but I prefer my natural hair to be blown out or straightened, does that make me less of a Black woman? I love the versatility of wearing wigs, I can color them, cut them, straighten them daily, curl them, and a number of more options that I CANNOT do to my natural hair because I would be bald. I personally don't like the way I look in twist out, so I am not going to wear that style, that's doesn't mean I'm going to judge the beauty guru that has amazing twist out, and amazing natural curls. I love that I can take care of my natural hair, by keeping it in a protective style and I get to change my hairstyles often with my wigs...that's my hair choice. We all have the choice to wear our hair however we want to, and we should not judge the next woman based on what her choice is. Let's diminish the "teams" bullsh*t, and learn to celebrate TEAM ME, be proud of who you are no matter what your choice of cosmetics and hair products is. BYOB | Be Your Own Beauty!