In addition to the hair “movement” the shift in consciousness in the ingredients put on hair and skin and how they are taken care of has only added to the afro hair appeal.
Editor of Black Beauty & Hair magazine, Ms Irene Shelley said: “I think it’s a trend. People are obviously more conscious about what they want to wear, how they want to wear their hair and what products they are using on it.”
“You’d say it is a trend because it’s a growing pattern and that does qualify as a trend, no matter how people disagree with that term.”
“People are either going for locks, afros, or very short hairstyles. The person who locks up might then shave off their locks, start again and do something else with their hair. They’re treating it like a bit more of a fashion statement rather than a cultural statement, which perhaps seemed to happen in the past.”
The popular natural versus relaxed hair debate in the Afro Caribbean society, however, may be proving more damaging than encouraging.
The Afro Hair and Beauty Bible author, Ms Alison Husbands said: “I don’t agree with the whole relaxed versus natural debate. I think every woman is an individual and if she chooses to relax her hair then that’s fine, if she chooses to wear her hair natural that’s fine. Just as long as your hair is healthy and you know how to maintain it, how to look after it, that’s the main thing.”
Despite the on-going debates on the trend and its potential cultural implications afro wearing individuals may find reassurance that for now, despite any arguments, they are at least in style.