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[Pics] Hundreds Attend the Cape Town Natural Hair Festival in South Africa

Avatar • Jan 17, 2017

The Cape Town Natural Hair Festival, held on December 18, is a beautiful reminder that the normalization of natural hair continues globally. The event was organized by Cape Town Naturally, a group dedicated to celebrating and educating about natural hair. Check it out;

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

https://www.facebook.com/capetownnaturally/

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Absolutely gorgeous.

Here is video from the event.

YAAS!!

You can find more information on Cape Town Naturally here and here.

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Riak Mary
Riak Mary
3 years ago

Such a wonderful thing, it infuriates me how last time there was a school that banned natural hair for young black girls. How are you going to tell Africans to not be africans in Africa. Yt people always wanna control everything just like how there’s a white only area over there. I watched a lady on FB talking about it and how just like animals, there’s superior race and an inferior race. It makes me so mad ugh. Such a bitch. In most African countries, they tell you to shave your hair for some reason so dumb. I remember doing… Read more »

sighgirl
sighgirl
3 years ago
Reply to  Riak Mary

Hi in many African countries such as mine depending on the school you attend, they are told to shave their hair for a number of reason. The main one really is that those are state school many of their parents are poor, so this helps them not having to pay for hair care for their daughters. Secondly as my old teacher use to say stop everything turning into a beauty affair, at least everyone looks the same no bullying occurs who has the best weave and so on. Looking back now at age 22 I agree, even now living in… Read more »

Bella
Bella
3 years ago
Reply to  sighgirl

Stop trying to rationalize discrimination against a particular hair type. Natural hair care is cheap and not all African people are poor. There are poor people everywhere and they’re not shaving their heads. Accepting people of different skin colors and hair types is not about beauty it’s about being decent human beings that accept differences. Children should be able to be different without being bullied and Frankly all people ARE different. That should be embraced. I’m the same age as you and have siblings in high school and middle nobody cares about who has a better weave. Kids these days… Read more »

My Africa
My Africa
3 years ago
Reply to  Bella

She was speaking about African countries and specifically hers. What she said is correct, many of the schools that require for their kids to cut their hair are for the poor. Also maybe taking care of natural hair is cheap where you are, but definitely not in my country in AFRICA. What the sighgirl referred to about kids having to cut their hair is a different situation from the young South-African girl. She was not even asked to cut her hair, but something else(still rude). Your fourth sentence is what needs to be happening. Since most African countries have a… Read more »

Itumeleng
Itumeleng
3 years ago
Reply to  sighgirl

You should be specific about which country in Africa you come from. In the Southern part of Africa that is unheard of. We all wear our hair long short, natural, relaxed or braided. We shave our hair only when someone close to us dies, like a parent. That is the only reason we shave, but even that is optional. It has ZERO to do with poverty. Stop spreading lies, and for damn sure don’t you dare say AFRICA, mention your own country. Do not lump us all into the same categories. We are not the same for crying out loud!!

Kookie
Kookie
3 years ago
Reply to  Itumeleng

Before you accuse someone of spreading lies, who about you research it first? I understand that wasn’t something that was happening at your school, but I’m Jamaican and I researched the saving of the heads and the previous posts are correct. It turns out that in the late 80s and early 90s in some countries the schools did require students to shave their heads because it was believed that their hair was a distraction from their education and they shouldn’t be concerned about their beauty at such a young age. Cameroon was one of the countries where this happened.

JojoG
JojoG
3 years ago
Reply to  Kookie

Very true, I graduated high school in ’96 (Nigeria)and I had to shave my hair all through even though I grew up middle class. We were told it was to prevent competition on who has the better hair! Stupid reason because the mixed girls were allowed to grow their hair.

maralondon
maralondon
3 years ago
Reply to  Itumeleng

Wow, you sound hurt. Why can’t you take Sighgirl’s experience as being genuine? She didn’t say in all African countries she said many. From your response I can see the damage colonialism has done.

Neo
Neo
3 years ago
Reply to  Itumeleng

Itumeleng are you from Botswana? You know in government schools kids are required to keep their hair short right? No braiding or weaves, just short hair.

TWA4now
TWA4now
3 years ago

Beautiful! #naturallybeautiful

Cosita
Cosita
3 years ago

Love this

Hair Design
3 years ago

I guess these kind of festivals must be organized on regular basis. And there is no doubt that in that event there were hundreds of people.

Carmen Mangue
3 years ago

Hello,I’m carmen and I have a black spanish natural hair blog. Thank you for the photos and the information. This is an amazing opportunity for african woman and black woman to celebrate their beauty. And for me, I hope this year they have against the festival, because I’ll be in Equatorial Guinean this year and travel from there to cape town is more easy that do it from Spain where I live. As afrina woman who crow in Europa is wonderful to be able to enjoy a african beauty celebration. I have post your picture in my blog and link… Read more »

Yasmin Clark
Yasmin Clark
3 years ago

This is absolutely impressing to see. Growing up in Sierra Leone, we spent Saturday afternoons braiding our hair as we did not have a lot of options re: caring for our natural hair. Happy to see that young African women now have lots of options. Very encouraging!!!

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