Stacy-Ann Ellis

Natural Hair

“I remember when I first went natural, which wasn’t for any other reason than that I wanted to try a hairstyle in a magazine and the model had coarse hair. My high school friend and I were planning a day out and she suggested we go hang out in Central Park. “But where [are] we going to sit?” I asked. “The ground,” she replied, to which I scoffed. “What? I thought you liked that sitting in the grass stuff,” she said. I’m not a fan of outdoorsy things, so it’s annoying that people instantly assume I’m some sort of tree-hugging nature girl simply because I opt to wear my hair in its curliest state.” — Stacy-Ann Ellis