Like many facets of fashion, there is a long history of people — particularly those of color — being pressured to conform to mainstream standards of Western beauty regarding the texture and appearance of their hair. And while sensitivity to hair politics is expanding, there is still a need for widespread education and awareness on the issue.
Contributing to the conversation is beauty guru Deepica Mutyala, who just released a video titled "Natural Hair 101" on her Facebook page. In the video, Mutyala learns how Malyia McNaughton, Kamie Crawford, Tiarra Monet, and Akilah Hughes style their natural hair.
"Natural Hair 101" is organized in a question-and-answer format, with questions including: How long does it take you to style your hair? What are your [go-to] hair tools for styling? And How did you learn to style your hair?
Watch the video below:
"Natural Hair 101" was created in the wake of a controversial segment on the Today show, where Mutyala was tasked with styling multiple women's hair in under 60 seconds. In the segment, Mutyala styled McNaughton hair by tying it into a high side ponytail and fixing her bangs.
While social media was ablaze with "angry comments that questioned her qualifications in beauty and called for an immediate apology," The Cut spoke with McNaughton, who, despite the public's reaction, said she felt for Mutyala. " ... I knew her intentions were pure and I'm an advocate for everything that has to do with natural hair, black-related inclusion, and so I felt her sentiment and didn't want it to turn that way."
"Natural Hair 101" is a wonderful follow-up to the incident that proves openness and willingness to learn can go a long way.
At the end of the video, the women offer last minute words of wisdom with regards to styling natural hair: "It's a conversation that needs to be had," Monet says. To which Mutyala replies, "Education's the first step."
"Natural Hair 101" has since been shared on Mutyala's Facebook page, with comments including: "This is awesome! Learning and growing. Deepica, you are a class act!" and "DEEPICA! Loved how you are open to embracing the learning and teachings of natural hair! I'm happy to see this in a positive light!"
Additionally, Hughes shared the video, captioning:
"We all make mistakes, and what's great is that some people are moved to learn from them. Love this girl and was happy to be a part of this. Xx."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.