Natural hair enthusiasts celebrate their hair at Stellenbosch event

Hair experts from around the world and celebrities attended one of the biggest hair events on the social calendar, just outside Stellenbosch.

Natural hair enthusiasts. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some South African natural hair enthusiasts say it's become more acceptable to wear their hair chemical-free more than it’s ever been before.

Hair experts from around the world, along with celebrities and popular social media personalities, attended one of the biggest hair events on the social calendar, just outside Stellenbosch yesterday.

Although India Arie sang "I am not my hair", some naturals say deciding to wear their hair chemical-free has changed their perception of who they are.

“It didn’t just mean something about my hair, it means I started to enjoy being everything my mother gave me.”

“People are feeling a need to embrace who they are originally,” another said.

The natural movement has gained traction in South Africa over the past few years.

Pretoria High School for Girls and Sans Souci learners demonstrated last year over discriminatory school policies around natural hair.

This placed the spotlight firmly on the debate for society to move away from Western ideals of beauty.

Trichologist Crystal Styles explains, “We were told our hair is not good enough but now our children are growing up to understand that they are beautiful the way that they are.”