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Today’s September 24th –  official Black Women Natural Hair Day. It’s the day when all over the world Black Women will be wearing their hair natural.

This day was started two years ago, when a group of women decided to show off their God Given hair – and celebrate it online.

The day was started NOT to shame women for using chemicals in their hair, or for having extensions. It’s a day of positivity – where Black women all over the world can put aside their typical hairdo – and show off their natural hair.

Here are some pics of Black women, who proudly show off their natural hair.

The natural hair movement is a movement which encourages women of African descent to keep their natural afro-textured hair. Originating in the United States during the 2000s, this movement is called “mouvement nappy” in French-speaking countries.

The movement designates black women (and black men) who wear afro-textured hair in its natural, coiled, coarse or curly state (as well as those who do not chemically straighten their hair but may still choose to wear it straight). The word ‘nappy’ has been subjected to denigration since the Atlantic slave trade. Thereafter, some Afrodescendants have positively taken the word back, considered in francophone countries as a backronym made up of ‘natural’ and ‘happy’.

These women give up “relaxing” and let their hair grow in its natural texture. Their hairstyles can be simple or more sophisticated, by the adoption of hair twists, braids or even locks. Not everyone who wears their natural hair chooses to forgo all (non-chemical) forms of straightening or styling. Additionally, “being natural” does not necessarily indicate a strict adherence to any particular type of product or styling regimen; nor should it be tied exclusively with certain social or political beliefs. Women (and men) choose, or are forced into, being natural for a wide variety of reasons. Some may even not like the term ‘nappy/nappies’.

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