I, Yendys Neferatum would like to publicly announce that I am an Afro-ologist©. An Afro-ologist© is one who cares for Afro-textured hair and or the multi-textures of black African hair that has not been altered by hot combs, flat irons and chemicals (by perming, relaxing, coloring and or straightening) In past years, I have provided the service of applying plant-based hair colorant to several of my clients natural hair . I have also always informed them that by indulging in the coloring of their hair, that action then created a non-natural state for their hair. I am not aware of whether or not my explanation of that fact was fully comprehended by my clients. Although, based on the above explanation of the title I have applied to my person today, in regards to my occupation; I am hereby stating that I have in fact been an Afro-ologist© since 1995.
Other titles by which I refer to myself would be a Master Loctician with over two decades of natural hair care experience; a Holistic Health Practitioner, a natural product formulation specialist and a Nile Valley Khametic Priestess (in training.) My natural hair and body care product line is called Ancient Blends, available online at www.cowrieshell.com. Over the years, I have gained my knowledge through self-study, as well as being a dedicated student of many healing modalities. I have been blessed to spend precious time studying with my honorable elders. To name a few; Dr. Llaila Afrika, Baaba Heru aka Ankh Ra Semajh, Queen Afua, HerbsWoman Sistah Tioma Allison, Dianna Pharr, Lester Loving and others.
I also specializing in Natural Hair Care...Loc Initiation, Loc Maintenance, Braiding, Natural Hair Coloring, Herbal hair Treatments, Plant-based, Home-made Hair and Body Care Products, Holistic hair and Wellness Consultations or a combination. I have been the sole proprietor and operator of The Cowrie Shell Center, a natural hair care salon in Brooklyn, New York since 1992.
So, I have been asking..."what is NATURAL HAIR?"
It seems like this particular question has not quite made it to Google, at least... not yet!
"What do you think?"
"Are locs not considered natural hair these days?"