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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Unlike the 1970s, where sporting natural hair was seen, in part, as a movement and an act of defiance and rebellion against mainstream America, there is a sense today that flossing natural hair is a way of life.

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Mane managers and coif connoisseurs converged with natural hair lovers at the 18th annual Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Health and Beauty Show at the Georgia International Convention Center on the southern edge of Atlanta on April 25-26.

Waajid, remarking on the thongs of women who packed the convention hall, said “black women want to be healthier in the essence of who they are.”

"R&B Divas" star Leelah James, left, with World Natural Hair Show creator Taliah Waajid

“R&B Divas” star Leelah James, left, with World Natural Hair Show creator Taliah Waajid

Mushiya Tshikuka, founder and creative director of The Damn Salon in Atlanta and cast member of the new WEtv reality show “Cutting It in the ATL,” succinctly summarized the sentiments of those in attendance.

“Natural Hair is more popular than ever because people are starting to see the beauty of our hair. People who do not have our hair wish they had our hair. People are starting to believe in themselves. Before the world can believe in you, you have to believe in yourself first.”

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Rita K. Davis, the brainchild behind CocoaFab.com, put it this way: 

“Natural hair is more important then ever before because it allows one to embrace their natural beauty. Literally it’s that plain and simple,” Davis said. “To be accepted for who you are and what you are and embrace that inner beauty that we were once told was ugly and unacceptable and wild. And now (natural hair) has gone wild on the scene.” 

Rap legend Chubb Rock with a few fans after performing inside the Georgia International Convention Center. (Photos: Terry Shropshire)

Rap legend Chubb Rock with a few fans after performing inside the Georgia International Convention Center. (Photos: Terry Shropshire)

Flip the e-page to view the photographic highlights from the World Natural Hair Show 2015.

 

Photos by Terry Shropshire for Atlanta Daily World and Real Times Media Inc.

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