Curlfriendz aimed to empower with natural hair


Ellie SherryReporter

Curlfriendz is a new program aimed to empower black women and men. The club started with five women from Southern who noticed a lot of people transitioning back to wear their natural hair. They wanted to form a club that would specifically focus on textured natural hair and how to care for it properly.

“We realized that there was a need to embrace natural hair on campus, as we
noticed more young women making a transition to wearing their natural hair out,” said treasurer of Curlfriendz, Bilonda Kalemba. “We wanted it to be an informative club where we assisted women and men in taking care of their hair.”

Kalemba said there was a need to embrace natural hair and African culture since it was pushed away and ignored for so long.

Kalemba said there was a need to embrace natural hair and African culture since it was pushed away and ignored for so long.

“When I was younger, it was all about perms just to, kind of, resemble looking prettier,” she said. “So now that there are organizations that focus on black women wearing their natural hair, now I know that we are taking steps forward.”

Through the creation of the club, Kalemba said she and others wanted to see students coming up with ideas to start something that embraces self-love on campus.

“We want to see more and more men and women feel confident with the natural texture of their hair and not feel like they need to [alternate] it to make it fit into societal ways,” she said. “We want to see them uplifting each other and educating those who are ignorant.”

Kalemba said students are happy to see steps being made towards having
an open and more accepting school.

“I think it’s a good idea and that it’s great there is something like that here,” said business management major, Muhaymina Plair, a junior.

Kalemba said while African American hair is hard to take care of, and often times, people go through many products to find the perfect one, there was always more out there.

“First of all, our hair is so beautiful,” she said. “I honestly wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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