Sydney and Sasha Menzie
Toya Menzie, EBONY.com Social Media Manager
Brooke Obie, EBONY.com Contributing Editor
Barry and JoAnn Obie
Little Zahara is already serving with her cute baby 'fro!
The fabulous Vanessa VanDyke and her supportive mom.
Zenzele loves her Afro and she says it is beautiful and makes her feel "really awesome." She wears her 'fro as often as possible, carries a pick, and makes sure I moisturize it properly.
Samara, age 1, is a #HappyAfro girl already!
"My fro is my reminder to be brave, once I chose this I couldn’t hide anymore. Best beginning I could give myself"
Alise Leslie rocks her 'fro with pride.
Three-year-old Kayden is a happy Black girl with a happy Afro!
Patrice: "I love the versatility of Black hair and our never ending trends, but my afro is always patiently waiting for me to grow it back out whenever I get bored with my straight looks."
"I love my hair because it shows my natural, unaltered, God given beauty!"-Zenovia
"My natural is thick, amazingly versatile, beautiful, full of perplexities & as strong as the love & care it receives. All these qualities remind me that my hair is just like me."
"Just got a haircut and I love the versatility of my hair. My hair does not define me but it adds to my personality :)"
Brielle Riley, age 2, is gloriously Afro'd!
Two-year-old Eli's mom LaDonna says "I love my son's Afro because it displays truth... the truth of who I am! When I look at him, I see my roots. He has actually inspired me to go natural."
Aria, 10, took a long time to appreciate her natural hair because she was (and still is) bullied in school for it. But, being able to see other women and girls rocking their natural hair helped build her own self esteem.
Ashley proudly rocks her 'fro!
Natasha says that she and her son, Nassir "love our Afros because they're big, unapologetic, and represent the beauty and diversity of Black hair."
Marcia plans to share the Afro pride with her baby son
"I love my fro because at any given time, I will get brothas and sistas walking up to me telling me how much they love my hair. Makes me feel connected to and loved by my people."
Afro love from the UK! Macy, age 3, says "I love my fro and I feel free and it is me and everyone likes it. And I don't want my hair up because I love my hair wild!"
I LOVE the fact that my hair is distinctively my own-- wild, free, full of energy and personality.
New York, NY
I went #teamnatural almost three years ago and I love my hair because it represents love.
Lanae Spruce, Washington, D.C.
Rachael says "I love my fro because she's shown me how to love myself more than ever before."
Alexis says "I love my natural hair not just because it's low maintenance or versatile, but because it is a constant reminder of my father who passed away in 2009...he was the inspiration for me to go natural, as he embodied all that it means to rock an Afro."
Sharita says "I love my natural hair because it is my trademark. I've always loved having 'BIG' hair all of my life and I wouldn't change a thing."
"Natural since 1989," says Sabrina. "My hair says freedom, unrestricted beauty and confidence."
The Gunn boys are too cool for school with their Afros!
Look at this beautiful bridal party, celebrating natural hair on a special day!
Kelly says "I love my FRO! At work I get the same grief! Day in and day out! But every day I come in more and more puffy, more and more natural, more and more AFROCENTRIC! Don't let them stop you from being you!"
Cheryl is "HAIR" for Vanessa Van Dyke!
Writer Jenee Darden says "I love my natural hair because it is soft, versatile, beautiful and liberating. And I can enjoy the feel of walking in a light rain without worrying about my hair."
For Vanessa, proud mom and proud son loving our hair. Lisa and Noah, age 13
Rhonda says: "I love my natural hair because is allows me to be bold and unique with no additives or fillers!"
8-month-old Naima Freedom is being groomed for her future 'fro!
1-year-old JA (pictured with his grand-Baba) has a funky 'fro!
Elizabeth's mom says "We are VERY proud of her Afro because it's beautiful, thick, glorious hair that makes her true beauty shine through." We love this 22-month-old cutie!
"My Afro is a clear expression of who I am and my NATURAL ROOTS. It shows that I love myself for the REAL ME," says Simone.
Proud mommy Tina says "We love our natural hair because it is the best crown a princess could ask for."
Proud mom to Chelsea Rose (10) and Kiera (14): "Wearing their hair natural is a decision that both my daughters made on their own about a year ago. Watching their aunt transition her hair into a natural state my daughters were inspired by the natural beauty and versatility."
"I love my natural hair because it comes from my body in a way that is unique to only me! I love my natural hair because it inspires others to be more in touch with themselves and go natural!" says Nicole
Danielle says: “I wear my natural hair because it exudes confidence and it is unique ! We must embrace what God gave us!”
Aria is 12 years old in the 7th grade....she wears her hair in an Afro according to her mood! She doesn't have a perm and isn't interested in getting one. Aria has always been confident and her hair is important to her look.
"My name is Wande Elam, and I love my natural hair because it's so beautiful, thick and versatile. I get compliments whenever I'm in the salon on how lush and healthy it is!"
Krissy says: "I love my natural hair because it fits my personality and I can rock what God gave me!"
Evelyn says "I love my hair because it's bold, fierce and fearless. #TeamBigHair for the win!"
Krystal says: As a proud business woman, my natural hair makes me feel unique. My big hair gives me an extra dose of confidence. I feel more healthy, in control and comfortable!
Nai at the start of her Afro journey!
Victoria loves her curly 'fro and so do we!
Mom Zulma says My son, Julian (12), loves his afro and wears it with tremendous pride--it reflects his confidence and joyous personality!
Courtney says: I love my natural hair because its wild and unique.
“I love my natural hair because it has personality and God gave me it so why not love it!,” says Mareesa
Writer Raquel says: “I love the freedom of not stressing out over rainy days, beach trips or pool parties.“
“I love my afro because it is a reflection of ME...free, fluid, soft and comfortable.” says Marcie
"I love my fro she is me and I am her," says Krystal. "Most importantly, it's how I was created."
Erika says "My natural hair is my conscious effort to reinforce to both my daughter and myself that my hair does not have to fit a standard mold alternate from its natural state to be considered beautiful."
Vanesta says "I love my hair because it's uniquely me. I've just started the loccing process but it's still all about my free spirit and expression"
"I love being natural because it makes me feel like I am walking to the beat of my own drum!" says Jamishia
Kiwi says "It took me a long time to embrace my natural curl pattern without chemicals or heating agents to achieve a straight look... Natural is beautiful, just how God made me."
How adorable is Anna at 2.5 with that big old 'fro?
EBONY.com columnist Erika says "Once I realized that the rest of the world shouldn't have the right to define what *I* find beautiful about myself, I felt free. I hope all our little girls can feel the same way!"
"I love my hair because it is the essence of me, bold, beautiful and versatile," says LaChelle
Jere says, “I love my natural hair because it is simply my realization that I am more than enough! I am beautifully created, I am fearfully made, I am the epitome of not just black beauty, but all beauty; I am more than valued just as I am....”
"I love being natural because I feel my quest to find myself began with my hair. It taught me to love me. All of me," says Shanikqua.
"I love my Afro because it is so defiant. Especially in the South," says LaTasha
Editor Miles Marshall Lewis and his proudly Afro'd son!
We are Deawodi and Gloria. Our natural hair is just too much fun to play with!
"I love my fro because it gives me the flexibility to express myself without saying a word," says Jamillia.
Shelby says: "I love my natural hair because my hair is healthier and I fee liberated. It's nice to go back to my roots."
"I LOVE my afro because it makes me feel flirty, fun, and totally ROYAL," says Elizabeth.
Editor Jamilah Lemieux rocks her 'bush in honor of Vanessa!