Friday, March 21, 2014

How natural hair affected my style

By Briana Whiteside

Natural hair has significantly impacted my choice of dress. It’s like I have become a more conscious dresser. When rocking natural hair, I must choose clothing and accessories that complement the hairstyle.

For example, before I went natural, I only wore Ray Ban wayfarer sunglasses. They were my multipurpose go-to glasses. Now, I must choose between cateye, oval, clubmaster, or over-sized, which are the styles that I have accrued over the last ten months. Cateye’s are perfect for my fro, oversized glasses look good when I’m doing a protective style, and clubmasters make my frohawk chic.

It’s all about the hair. The fro decides if I wear prints, my frohawk is mainly for solid colors, and protective styling indicates a relaxed dress day. My hair seems to have a mind of its own.

I have also begun buying shirts with natural hair logos on them, as further indication that I support the movement. Natural hair has changed my appearance physically, but it also altered my outlook on style and fashion.

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Briana Whiteside is a graduate student in English at SIUE and a contributing writer for the Cultural Front.     

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