Wow, who would believe that when I created an intimate group on Facebook to exclusively exchange hacks on handling natural hair in February 2015, we would be almost at the 12,000 Member mark five years later? Definitely not me. I am ecstatic and humbled by the support that Natural or Not...Hair We Come!, LLC (NONHWC) receives from all across the globe.
We are now an enterprise that includes healthy hair habits, healthy mind, body and spirit information with some fashion and laughs thrown in for good measure. Although our Facebook group remains a “safe space” for Queens only, our website, Instagram and in-person events enjoy the presence of our Kings, Princes and Princesses. Our Tribe is welcoming and supportive and is led by a carefully handpicked Administration Team. Whether you take a virtual journey with us everyday or whether you are able to meet up with us at one of our “Natural Beauty” events, we are so glad to know you.
So, let’s talk a little about BEAUTY shall we? What is BEAUTY? It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and we can see beauty everywhere we turn if we allow ourselves that privilege. There is beauty in the hot summer days and beauty in the cold winter’s night. Some see beauty in the bright rays of the sun whilst others see it in the peace of a rainstorm. Is beauty in the beginning of the day or in the dark twilight of the night? BEAUTY, my friends, is in you, is in me and is in every individual we come in contact with.
We do not all manifest our beauty in the same way. Our eyes are shaped and colored differently. Our lips are not all the same width or thickness and our skin has too many hues to name them all. Our hair may grow upward, outward or downward, yet we are all still beauty-full by our own right.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines BEAUTY as “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit”. What exalts your spirit? What makes your heart smile? I say that BEAUTY is not solely defined by outward appearances but instead includes a feeling of warmth, comfort or depth, the way someone’s character makes you feel. Beauty as identified when seen through the eyes of a five year old child is immensely different than that recognized by a more “seasoned” eye. Society puts emphasis on outward beauty standards but by whose standards are we allowing ourselves to be judged?
Would you rather be beauty-full outwardly, to possess an inner beauty or perhaps a little of both? Do you consider yourself generous, loyal and considerate, loving, inspirational and respectful? Do these traits add to your “beauty factor”? I say YES! Let’s replace the over use of the word BEAUTY with terms like gorgeous, stunning, radiant, dazzling, welcoming, kind, inspiring, mesmerizing, divine and encouraging. If true beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, let us begin by recognizing our own beauty in order to recognize the beauty of man and womankind. Let’s make BEAUTY the ultimate “combo-platter”. Let’s recognize what qualities make our soul happy both inward and outward and then, and only then, will we truly find out how many beauty-full people there are amongst us. SMILE...you are so BEAUTY-FULL!