A cup of chai
Chai is a natural hair blogger who writes Back to Curly. In this feature, she explains her take on something which I have noticed: the monopoly of US blogs on the Anglophone natural hair blogging scene. Check out Chai’s perspective below as she answers Charcoal Ink questions:
1) Do you think the US is the centre of the natural hair movement or
is it more diverse than this?
I’ve never believed the US holds a monopoly over the natural hair movement & it’s growing popularity over the years. On the contrary, I believe no matter the continent or distance that
separates one natural from the next…we are all part of something much greater. There are no boundaries, no limits on who gets to go natural. I think individually, we all hold the ‘center’ of
the movement…it’s how we pass on the inspiration from one to another… to go for it, go natural & see where it takes you.
2) Are most of the natural hair blogs you read from the US?
Honestly yes. If I were to guess, I’d say I have close to over 30 blogs on my Rss feed. I don’t have the time to read most daily, but out of the majority, about 3 or 4 are from outside the United
States. And this is not to say I don’t welcome non-US natural hair blogs, but blogs outside the US devoted to natural hair are hard to stumble upon if not from word of mouth.
3) Do you think the natural hair movement will become a proper
business industry within the black hair care industry?
Hard question to answer. Right now, it seems many are trying to find the right balance with the two which is a good thing. At the same time, I’m willing to be patient and see where
this ‘movement’ goes and hope it serves a greater purpose in the black hair care industry. The current industry is a bit convoluted because it’s been focused on the business model of making
money, which is understandable. But lately we’re seeing a great deal more companies begin listening to their customers, especially the popular hair care blogs…zeroing in on we want from
our products and how we chose to spend our money. This is a great direction to head in if we expect and hope for change.
4) Do you think a too-American focused view on natural hair care on
blogs and the Internet will hurt natural hair as a whole?
I’m not fully aware of the differences between an American view and others…or if there even is one. How we all care for our natural hair is something that should, if it doesn’t already, bring
us together in better understanding. I do know that a lot of the natural hair care products that are readily available in the states are especially hard to come by in other countries, and to that
extent I can see why the focus has been on America. But as far as any harm on natural hair as a whole, I don’t see it.
5) Where are the women from who read your blog?
The majority are here in the US, while a small percentage are outside the states. I have a very small readership in Europe. The number grows gradually each time I check in on stats, etc.,
which is really nice to see.
Back to Curly is a natural hair website that you should check out. Let us know what you think about whether natural hair blogs are monopolised by the US.