Nigerian filmaker, Zina Saro-Wiwa, recently added her mini-documentary to the full library of black women who have transitioned from relaxed to natural hair. Through her journey, Zina unintentionally discovered herself, and along the way she met more than 50 other black women who have recently transitioned for various reasons, and have accepted themselves for who they are.
“There are as many “natural hair journeys” as there are transitioning women,” says Zina. “What I find remarkable about the movement is the way it is spreading through black women in America. Many are transitioning silently, without much fanfare. Some are inspired by friends and family members who have already made the switch. As Anu Prestonia, the owner of Khamit Kinks, a natural hair salon in Brooklyn, told me, “There’s been an evolutionary process that has turned into a revolution.” It is not an angry movement. Women aren’t saying their motivation is to combat Eurocentric ideals of beauty. Rather, this is a movement characterized by self-discovery and health.”