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Good Hair 2 by natiq Good Hair 2 by natiq
This is an 8 x 10 pastel on Canson paper. First off, I want to give love to all the queens who where their naturals proudly. You're beautiful and don't let anyone tell you differently. If someone wants to press the issue, send them to me. I'll straighten them out.

This is the second piece in this series. It takes alot of stregnth for women to reject the perm and go natural, so I applaud the stregnth of those who are able to do it. I am not downing women who do straighten their hair. By all means, do you. If it makes you feel good, then go with it. Your hair doesn't define you. Just please don't clown those in their naturals. I hate when I see a group of women or men belittling the one natural person they see in the crowd. Show respect. Their leading a revolution that most can't understand.

Hotep,

Natiq...
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Optorylpulpus Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice, and great message. I know where you are coming from, and one of my goals is to help fight this false image of beauty that is thrust upon us. I want to make a black comic character unlike any you have seen. A strong, proudly black, African influenced, female protagonist. Seeing images like this is really inspiring for me and I just want to thank you so much for sharing your beautiful artworks.
Please do look through my profile if you have the chance. I don't have much to show, but have a small collection of paintings, comic pages as well as concepts. Would really appreciate your advice and suggestions if you have any.
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proudofallofme Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Hello I live in San Jose Ca and I would like to represent some black out at this year Junetenth festival . Can I have your permission to use this image. I am launching a calendar,stationary and jewelry line called Postive Image of Positive Black Women. I would love to add this piece to the caendar and stationary line. If the community is interest in it and sells go well I'd like to work something out with you for an ongoing relationship. Pls contact me at queenhav@aol.com I am looking forward to your response.
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saintmark10 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Really feeling it.
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eydii Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice painting :)
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vtx008 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Magnificent
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vtx008 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Magnificent
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asiseeart Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Nice work!
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mgcstrkgrl03 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! #Teamnatural
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i3eautifulilfool Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
awesome work! you are so talented
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ForeverGrowing Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is some good hair.
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BONEZZ14 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beatuiful
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iBlueRain Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so muck for doing this piece! It's very powerful and I'm rocking a natural short cut and it's challenging for me but I keep going w/ my head held high...Natural Hair is back! Stand up!
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Juplum Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
This is a beautiful piece of art. I am young in drawing, even though I have loved it mostly all my life. It is never too late to start. I'm a natural lady, doing it for 7 years now and loving it. Keep up the great work, pray I will be great some day.
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Diamonds-n-Rubies Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Awesome...thats it
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jasingdreams Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's WhASSUP
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toxicated-angel Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
That is just really cool! Especially the gaze she has and ofcourse the hair :D
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SonOfTheBrave Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Beautiful, both the work and the message. There's no problem with long, straight hair in and of itself. It's when people push this idea that a black woman HAS to have long, straight hair to be attractive -- that bothers me. I mean, it's just like the issue of light skin vs. dark skin. It promotes the idea that a black woman (or even a black person in general) can only be attractive by minimizing or eliminating their African features. It measures beauty by the standard of "how Caucasian you look." But it's not just the issue of Black & White; our whole culture has this attitude that the only way to be beautiful is to look like something else -- anything EXCEPT what you naturally are. I have no problem with long hair, but what's wrong with the simplicity of natural hair or the intricacy of braids?

Ok, I apologize for the rant the rant... lol Some things just get me a little fired up. Anyway, as I said, I love both this work and the message it sends. :)
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H2plus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Give it up for Natural hair. :clap: I love to have weaves and perm my hair. But there's nothing better than just combing your real hair and feel relieved of today's society stereotypes. :clap: give it up for real hair.
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks for showing natural is beautiful. We need more of this. :D
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FireBabyAngel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Woooooooooow
Her hair is so pretty. Her eyes are amazing.
The whole pic is wonderful.
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sabbio-cannelier Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Your comment is so great ; I love to read this, especially coming from a man and your soul sister series is just great!
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airashiikoneko Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
WOW! All the detail and color was worth your time, it came out to be lovely!! Definetly a fave of mine!
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LizWymark Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
beautiful!
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Rai-Rai15 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Our good hair...Our soul hair.

Our hair is beautiful.

(.Yo.) This means a lot to me

:)
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EuroFoxx Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
Everything about this image is beautiful, from the subject to the message behind it. The colors are absolutely gorgeous and I think you've perfectly captured her look of contentment. She looks as if she's truly at peace with herself, and it works so beautifully with the message you're delivering here.
I love everything about this piece.
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natiq Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for that. I am glad that I was able to convey that contentment. It is amazing and attractive to see that in a woman.

Natiq...
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inspyretash Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
This is my favourite one, fantastic! work. I felt happy looking at it for the first time. She seems radiant.
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CandyAcidReign Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
I really love this and the commentary.

Going to poetry spots and such, I actually received the opposite. I don't perm my hair or use chemicals, but because my hair is easier to blow dry straight & my natural hair looks like a dry loose jerry curl...lol..I wear mine straight, and that doesn't fit the idea of a "nubian poetic queen" so immediately people who don't know my work aka poetry assume I'm not as deep...then they hear me and are usually blown away...but that always boggles my mind. Like India Arie said...I am not my hair.

Wearing my hair straight is semi-natural for me and getting my hair to fro is a hard procedure that includes many a hairspray cans. I receive stereotypes and assumptions all the time because of it. Some even assume my hair is a weave because of it's length...and both my parents are black...they come from a long line of race mixing, but still they're black.

I'm all for being natural...if I could have a fro, I'd wear it proudly or get some dreds or something. I applaud people..all people who have pride and self-love, especially in a society who put great effort into trying to belittle our diverse beauty and divide us by turning us against US. (divide & conquer)

I really loathe the good hair/bad hair syndrome and I never use that language, and I'm known to school those who use it in my presence...this includes my own mama. I take great offense to someone who's basically saying that the closer your hair looks to white, the better it is. Forgive them for they do not know, and each one teach one. That's slave mentality, but the problem is that the descendants of the oppressors are still conciously & subconciously being oppressive through media and so forth and that makes it hard for these young ladies to remove the mental ball & chains. It's only been 142 yrs since slavery officially ended so it's no wonder we still have so far to go.

Black people are still learning to be proud of who they are. Our self-esteem as a whole was reduced to almost nothing, so we are still building it and all the while they're still knocking it with subliminal messages every day. The more people who highlight their natural beauty, the better, and it's also important for non-black people to recognize their part in these matters.

Still black women with beautiful kinky hair need to ask themselves "Why would you want to chemically kill your hair just so you can look like what white society says is beautiful?!" BUMP THAT!

but as I said, everyone has reached their own levels of mental freedom from oppressive thinking. I just hope we continue to focus on not believing the lies and also telling the liar that we won't accept that mess anymore.
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natiq Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I can understand what you're saying. Its sad that even those of us who are "conscious" do the exact same things. And as I frequent poetry spots too, I know exactly what you mean. "Fake Badu Syndrome" is just as bad. If people feel secure in themselves, they are not as inclined to pass those types of judgements on other people. :hug:

And I feel you on all that you are saying. This "Good Hair" mentality is not needed and all who perpetuate it need to open there eyes. We need to let Willie Lynch die so that we all feel beautiful again. We are at a point in time to where we can do it. We are at a point where things can change, but with images like "Maybe she's born with it. Maybe its Maybeline", it may be awhile before any true progress is made on this.

In the end, we all have to take responsibility for our own sense of beauty and worth. But that is a task easier said than done. All matters of self-love are. I am really glad that you posted this amazing comment. I really do feel you. And I'm glad you like the piece. :blowkiss:

Natiq...
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CandyAcidReign Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Exactly, to me the fact that someone who looks the part could pass that kind of judgment on their own and assume I must not be conscious or I probably have a perm or a weave, without knowing, is just as bad because it tells me that they don't love themselves as much as they're trying to portray...cause they busy hatin on me for no reason! What?! That defeats the purpose and to me is a manifestation of the very self hate they claim not to have. But.off that topic. I agree with you fully...and "like the piece"...oh no..I love it!

I especially love the highlights or glow of the face, the angle and colors...all of it is truly beautiful.

oh and this is off topic, but like India Arie I cut off all of my hair about 5yrs ago and kept it short for a while...and if I might add...I was lookin' mighty fine like that. :D
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natiq Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I feel you. And thanks again for the compliment. And I'm sure you looked wonderful and do look wonderful in whatever hair you wear. :blowkiss:

Natiq...
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danee313 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007   General Artist
Beautiful work! :)
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Danee. Glad you dropped by. You should drop by more often. :)

Natiq...
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imani Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Absolutely inspiring.. I applaud you!
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. Long time no see. I am wishing you the best. :D

Natiq...
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S-sama Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Gosh, I could have both of these pieces hanging up in my living room. The sense of depth you create is incredible. I really feel I could touch them and it'd really feel like skin.

I personally admire the other women with natural hair. I don't have the courage to do it again, 'though I really miss my afro.
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. It gives me great satisfaction that you like them so much. I don't really think I expected this series to be appreciated at all, considering the subject has so many taboos associated with it.

I can understand your dilemma. I'm glad you are able to appreciate the other person. It shows a strong sense of character. I hope that one day you find your afro again, but I can feel you on why you may not wear it. BTW, I like your quote. :D Its exactly how I feel. :hug:

Natiq...
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S-sama Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm mainly too afraid to cut off the straight ends. I'm such a coward. =D
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MythicMeztli Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
whoa...HAIR PRIDE! lol i have EXTREMELY curly hair and people are always telling me to straighten it....curly nappy hair forever!
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
No doubt. :D Always define your own beauty. Never let anyone else define you.:hug: You are beautiful as you are. Some things just don't need to be improved upon.:blowkiss: Thank you so much for your comment and your support. It means alot.

Natiq...
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MythicMeztli Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
heck yeah,....us wild haired individuals must unite to fight the evils of the collective groups will!...lol okey i had my moment ....however i always wondered how i can lose things in my hair...sometimes its not even funny!.I'll lose mechanical pencils, scrunchies and bobby pins...mainly lots and lots of bobby pins
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm really trying not to laugh. Oh, what the hell... :evillaugh:

Ok. Now that THAT's out of my system. Oh, you poor thing, That must be so terrible losing things in your hair. (pat on the back) :hug:

*walks around corner so you can't see.

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Natiq...
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MythicMeztli Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
the mechanical pencils is partly my fault because i tend to lose things so i'll put pencils in my hair so i'll have them handy..but at the end of the day i'll forget they're there...and fall asleep and the next day find 3 mechanical pencils caught in my hair....getting them out is NOT fun XD

lol
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sorry for laughing, but the visual is just hilarious. :evillaugh:

Natiq...
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MythicMeztli Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
lol it is very hilarious go on and laugh...hehehe i get a kick out of it....as a matter of fact...it has just inspired me to do a piece on things that get stuck in my hair
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL. Can't wait to see it.

Natiq...
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Alpha-Delta Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Your talent astounds me to this day ^_^
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. :D And your talent aint too shabby either.

Natiq...
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lulupaints Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
i love the colours and the beautiful, proud gaze in her eyes :) nicely written, as well. I'll be watching you
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natiq Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Such a wonderful compliment. And thank you for watching. I hope you enjoy my work in the future.

Natiq...
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