While having a text convo with a friend of mine the other day she sent me the most interesting article I have yet to come across on the good 'ol intervebs. The title of the article was - "Study: Women with Natural Hair Have Low Self-Esteem". Just let that sit for a moment. Now, when I read this article I couldn't do anything but chuckle to myself. No parts of me took it seriously or offensive, I just had to chuckle at the sheer ignorance of the person who wrote this article based upon this 'study' that they found. So, being the woman that I am, I did a bit of digging. I searched for other articles penned by Kato Leonard and I found other such ridiculous titles such as "Man Contracts Herpes from Infected Money" or "82 Shot, Chicago Considered War Zone, Military Deployed". After a large eye roll of disgust I saw that all the articles were, in fact, written by the same person. I scroll down even further to see that there is a small disclaimer saying that all of the articles are satirical and are meant for entertainment purposes only. However, why were so many of these articles pointed to black culture and why were they such demonizing topics? Don't get me wrong, I am always here for the laugh, but not at the expense of a culture that is still actually being demonized by the media and more.
Anywho, the article, though based on clear fiction was still disturbing. I am a woman who does have natural hair and has had for all of my natural life and can easily say my self-esteem issues are far from being rooted in my natural hair. I actually celebrate (but never condemn those who do choose to relax or wear weaves) my natural curls, kinks and everything in between. So much so, that I designed a hat to showcase the very essence of a curly girls hair. I was so stoked when I found a hat that let your hair breath, but also allow you the low-key profile of a hat on those days that you and your face are over it, but your curls still want to flourish. I bring to you the Curly AF hat. I love everything about this hat from the color to the custom heart on the side that lets you know it was designed exclusively by me with love to you. My hair may be tough AF, sometimes makes me mad AF, but I will always be proud that my hair is Curly AF. This is how I let the world know my curls bring me joy and not pain and definitely not low-self esteem. Curly AF. Now available in the Shop section of the site.