as we raise children to honor, love and grow their #naturalhair, don’t forget to teach them to grow in Spirit by honoring themselves before those who come to take, hurt and challenge. “you have survived too many wars to be breaking your own bones just so you fit into hearts of those who refuse to fit you. so darling, walk away when they don’t want you. run, remember, leaving is sometimes loving yourself. (#neharay, Letters to My Sisters) #tumblr #rp #melanite #africangirllonghair #poet #poetry #beauty #blackisbeautiful #vscocam #african #africankids #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair

as we raise children to honor, love and grow their #naturalhair, don’t forget to teach them to grow in Spirit by honoring themselves before those who come to take, hurt and challenge. “you have survived too many wars to be breaking your own bones just so you fit into hearts of those who refuse to fit you. so darling, walk away when they don’t want you. run, remember, leaving is sometimes loving yourself. (#neharay, Letters to My Sisters) #tumblr #rp #melanite #africangirllonghair #poet #poetry #beauty #blackisbeautiful #vscocam #african #africankids #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair

as we raise children to honor, love and grow their #naturalhair, don’t forget to teach them to grow in Spirit by honoring themselves before those who come to take, hurt and challenge. 

"you have survived too many wars to be breaking your own bones just so you fit into hearts of those who refuse to fit you. so darling, walk away when they don’t want you. run, remember, leaving is sometimes loving yourself.  (#neharay, Letters to My Sisters) #tumblr #rp #melanite #africangirllonghair #poet #poetry #beauty #blackisbeautiful #vscocam #african #africankids #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair

as we raise children to honor, love and grow their #naturalhair, don’t forget to teach them to grow in Spirit by honoring themselves before those who come to take, hurt and challenge.

"you have survived too many wars to be breaking your own bones just so you fit into hearts of those who refuse to fit you. so darling, walk away when they don’t want you. run, remember, leaving is sometimes loving yourself. (#neharay, Letters to My Sisters) #tumblr #rp #melanite #africangirllonghair #poet #poetry #beauty #blackisbeautiful #vscocam #african #africankids #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair

Coil vs. Comb

Tight curls

wound like small coils

in a retractable pen

have no patience

for hard plastic combs

with jagged seams

and sharp teeth

biting

through the dense spirals

spinning

around my head.



Snapped, my naps snap back.



Tugged,

the tight texture tenses

against those little teeth.



And with vengeance,

                   my hair

       breaks combs

               into plastic

        pieces.



And the coils spring back.

Like the spring in my pen

held in knowing fingers,

twisting strands of lines.



Forming follicle phrases from:

Curls coiled in S’s, O’s and Z’s



Spelling my hair free

in long hand.

—Sharon Harvey Rosenberg
#africangirlonghair #africanhair #naturalhair #blackgirls #blackwoman #braids #hair #hairstyle #braids #beauty #9ether #melanite #africa #tradition #bw

Coil vs. Comb

Tight curls

wound like small coils

in a retractable pen

have no patience

for hard plastic combs

with jagged seams

and sharp teeth

biting

through the dense spirals

spinning

around my head.

Snapped, my naps snap back.

Tugged,

the tight texture tenses

against those little teeth.

And with vengeance,

my hair

breaks combs

into plastic

pieces.

And the coils spring back.

Like the spring in my pen

held in knowing fingers,

twisting strands of lines.

Forming follicle phrases from:

Curls coiled in S’s, O’s and Z’s

Spelling my hair free

in long hand.

—Sharon Harvey Rosenberg
#africangirlonghair #africanhair #naturalhair #blackgirls #blackwoman #braids #hair #hairstyle #braids #beauty #9ether #melanite #africa #tradition #bw

Styling My Hair
in the Mirror

Coil it

Curl it

Twist it

Twirl it

Plait it

Flat it

String it

Ring it

Wrap it

Rock it



Maybe

Lock it



Style it lush

'Fro it free

Let it bush



Call it nappy.

—Sharon Harvey Rosenberg
photo: @macherie.ayiti #africangirlonghair #changingparadigmsandshit #blackwoman #africanhair #naturalhair #braids #beauty #knowthyself #melanite #9ether 
#poem #blackgirls #haiti #hair

Styling My Hair
in the Mirror

Coil it

Curl it

Twist it

Twirl it

Plait it

Flat it

String it

Ring it

Wrap it

Rock it

Maybe

Lock it

Style it lush

'Fro it free

Let it bush

Call it nappy.

—Sharon Harvey Rosenberg
photo: @macherie.ayiti #africangirlonghair #changingparadigmsandshit #blackwoman #africanhair #naturalhair #braids #beauty #knowthyself #melanite #9ether
#poem #blackgirls #haiti #hair

Beauty
I find, in being Black,
a thing of “Beauty”;
like a joy; a strength;
a secret cup of gladness …
a native land in neither time nor place …
a native land in every Black face!
Be loyal to yourselves;
your skin;
your hair;
your lips;
your speech;
your laughing kinds
are Black kingdoms,
vast as any other.

— Ossie Davis

photo: @macherie.ayiti #africangirlonghair #changingparadigmsandshit #blackwoman #africanhair #naturalhair #braids #beauty #knowthyself #melanite #9ether 
#poem #ossiedavis

Beauty
I find, in being Black,
a thing of “Beauty”;
like a joy; a strength;
a secret cup of gladness …
a native land in neither time nor place …
a native land in every Black face!
Be loyal to yourselves;
your skin;
your hair;
your lips;
your speech;
your laughing kinds
are Black kingdoms,
vast as any other.

— Ossie Davis

photo: @macherie.ayiti #africangirlonghair #changingparadigmsandshit #blackwoman #africanhair #naturalhair #braids #beauty #knowthyself #melanite #9ether
#poem #ossiedavis

the number 9 is the highest number in supreme mathematics…nine to the ninth power of nine… to further emphasize the superiority of the number 9, when multiplied from 1 to 10, it produces the same figures from top to bottom, this mathematical sequence cannot be achieved by any other number. #9ether #africangirllonghair #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair #blessup #metaphysics #spiritualconduit #symbolism #nubian #africa #knowthyself #beauty #melanite

the number 9 is the highest number in supreme mathematics…nine to the ninth power of nine… to further emphasize the superiority of the number 9, when multiplied from 1 to 10, it produces the same figures from top to bottom, this mathematical sequence cannot be achieved by any other number. #9ether #africangirllonghair #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair #blessup #metaphysics #spiritualconduit #symbolism #nubian #africa #knowthyself #beauty #melanite

as seen in #Nubian’s #hairtexture, the number 9 is a symbol of #birth / the follicles themselves twist and form loops or ringlets. this is what gives the shafts the appearance of a spring, but in reality you are looking at the number 9 which stands for 9 ether. #africangirllonghair #africanwomen #africanhair #blackhair #beauty #9ether #metaphysics #khemistry #africa #blessup #knowthyself #locs #dreads #symbolism #spiritualconduit

as seen in #Nubian’s #hairtexture, the number 9 is a symbol of #birth / the follicles themselves twist and form loops or ringlets. this is what gives the shafts the appearance of a spring, but in reality you are looking at the number 9 which stands for 9 ether. #africangirllonghair #africanwomen #africanhair #blackhair #beauty #9ether #metaphysics #khemistry #africa #blessup #knowthyself #locs #dreads #symbolism #spiritualconduit

9 ether is a texture of #hair that is woolly and KINGly or what the world may call “#kinky” or “#nappy”.  #africangirllonghair #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair #9ether #jdokhaiojeikere #art #wearbleart #spiritualconduit #metaphysics #hair #vsco #braids #style #africa

9 ether is a texture of #hair that is woolly and KINGly or what the world may call “#kinky” or “#nappy”. #africangirllonghair #africanhair #naturalhair #blackhair #9ether #jdokhaiojeikere #art #wearbleart #spiritualconduit #metaphysics #hair #vsco #braids #style #africa