Transition From Relaxed To Natural: A Black Filmmaker Embraces Her Natural Hair

June 6, 2012

In an op-ed on the New York Times, British-Nigerian filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa explained the basis for her documentary about the transition from relaxed to natural hair and what it means to Black women.

“There are as many ‘natural hair journeys’ as there are transitioning women. 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.”

View the trailer above.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

val mcdonald August 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

watched the video with interest, and was moved to write this. I had transitioned a couple of years back as I was sick of the visits to the hairdresser and putting up with the pain of getting my roots done. Running from the rain and fearing reversion. Also the expense and sheer boredom of the same old same old style.
just recently in an idle hour I two strand twisted my ‘natural hair,’ it looked good, then I thought omg am I mad, I have to go to work in the morning. But having slept on it, I did indeed went outside and I felt powerful. I held my head high and strutted to work like the queen that I am. everyone commented positively on it, but it was for me and no one else. loving my natural hair, loved the video, love to all the sisters embracing their natural hair and the variety of styles we can achieve!

Kay August 24, 2012 at 12:52 am

It’s such a beautiful thing that so many black women are celebrating their natural hair texture. This means we are finally learning to love and accept who we truly are…

Great post! Thanks for sharing.

Cristina September 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

It’s great to see more ladies embracing their natural beauty!

Soumya September 13, 2012 at 1:49 am

Really like this. Good to see the real beauty.

graycheline January 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

I wish I could go natural but I have a skin desease called lupus.
Anyway, Nothing but love for all the people who can.

Marina Brown January 21, 2013 at 4:43 am

Its so wonderful to see so many women understanding the concept of eventual beauty. I too got this ‘enlightenment’ about a year ago and today I like the way my hair are. In fact, I am proud of them. After starting my ‘go natural’ journey with transitioning, I took the next best step of natural hair care. While browsing through, I came across this oil called Brahmi-Amla hair oil by Vadik Herbs. The oil promised of no chemicals of any sort and no mineral oil! Then, after seeing its so many positive reviews, I decided to give it a try and bought it from Amazon. After using it twice a week regularly for around 3 months, I could see the difference. My hair were softer and shinier. My breakage too reduced considerably. Today after around 10 months of use, I am glad of my buying decision. My hair have gained some inches too. I continue to use it and my hair are loving it. Try it, its a safe bet.

Jennifer March 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

I just loved it. I went Natural 2 years ago and that is the best thing I did…
“Natural” is the real beauty…

Tulisa June 17, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Natural black hair is beautiful. There are so many people out there with straight hair that try to get their hair to look similar to African hair.

Alice June 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Let’s spread the word of embracing our natural beauty and be proud of it!!

stella jackson July 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Wow, this documentary is sooo inspiring…I live in the UK and have recently started transitioning. This isnt the first time I’ve tried it but I’m hoping to stick with it this time. It’s great to see so many black women embrace their natural hair texture…I cant wait to see mine. I’m excited about the journey I’m going to embark. Thank you for posting this.

dsdsds September 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

thank you

Mrs. Wigs January 5, 2014 at 4:54 am

Natural beauty is real beauty. This is a awesome documentary and recently I have started transitioning.


Erica March 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

This is great to read! I love when women stop trying to cover up what nature gave them to work with. Some women feel that makeup is a must have when really it’s just their sub-conscious talking for them.

A lot of women look beautiful with everything natural. I love how you look better and younger after going from done up to all natural looks!

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I’ve just ran across your blog for the first time, and found it quite interesting to read! I’m for sure a follower of yours now!

Miriam November 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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Victoria February 28, 2015 at 8:54 am

I met Zina in Manhattan last year, she is a brilliant woman.

Sidenote: I’d loooove to see more blogs posted here on hairmilk, come on y’all! :-)

The Weave Shop December 4, 2015 at 5:02 am

I seen the movie myself and feel that hair care should be embraced always in every women of all colors nations and creed, because it makes women feel good about them self’s which in return helps to build self esteem In are vary patriarchy society. As a hairstylist of 20+ years I always see women who often have self esteem problems because they feel the need to look better and feel better in the skin their in to attract are remain Attractive. I specialize in bring out the inter beauty by highlighting and visualizing the true beauty that lies with in.

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Can I just say what a comfort to discover someone who really understands what they are discussing on the
net. You certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
More and more people need to read this and understand this
side of the story. I can’t believe you aren’t more popular because you certainly have the gift.

Sheena May 20, 2016 at 7:19 am

Really liked this..I feel women look beautiful with everything natural. It feels so good and inspiring when women switch to natural looking hair.

Thanks for sharing.

Shreya Gill July 21, 2017 at 5:46 am

It is Very Informative and Interesting Post. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

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