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Many Black activists like Angela Davis, Bobby Seale, and Elaine Brown-supporters of the Black Panther organization-wore their natural hair in afros and other natural hairstyles as a political image for the public and their movement. As we continuously see, being Black, from our language to our hair, is a political statement. Dr. Kristin Rowe, Assistant Professor in the Department of African Studies at California State University says, “The Black liberation movement in the early 1960s laid the foundation for the movement we see today.”

Today, the natural hair movement has been more widely spread among the Black community. One of the biggest contributions to the growing popularity of the modern natural hair movement is social media. The movement continues to be about the refusal to process one’s hair chemically and Black pride but has also grown to knowledge about our hair and keeping it healthy. In the early 2000s, natural hair content surfaced online in various mediums like discussion forums and various blogs. Patrice Yursik—founder and creator of the award-winning blog “Afrobella”—was one of the first digital creators in the Black beauty space.