Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary “Good Hair” revolutionized the hair industry and African American women noticed.
Women like Charlottean Kobi Brinson.
“It doesn’t really make sense for me to not have my natural hair texture,” said Kobi Brinson. “I don’t know what it looks like so we’ll see.”
Kobi has no idea what her real hair looked like. Her mother began relaxing it at the age of 11.
“Because once it’s relaxed you have to keep it relaxed,” said Kobi.
“I don’t want to “have” to have a relaxed look so if I want to be curly then I can be curly. If I want to be straight then I can be straight.”
Like many black women Kobi was hot pressing and chemically relaxing her hair to look more professional.
But the growing natural trend forced Kobi to revisit her concept of beauty. And today she’s decided to get back to basics.
“I am hoping to see amazing curls and spirals that bounce and that shine.”
But she’s not doing the drastic chop. She’s opting for growing out her treated hair.
“So we are in the initial stages of that. Her last chemical relaxer was 9 weeks ago,” said Kobi’s hair stylist Verbina Wilson.
The owner of Verve Spa and Salon says wearing natural styles has also given her clients a sense of liberation.
“For whatever reason the client or the individual has decided to take that leap into the natural realm of her texture we are here to support that we are here to embrace that,” said Wilson.
Kobi likes her transition and hopes to be an inspiration.
“I never want my daughter to think that she has to have chemically straightened hair to be beautiful,” said Kobi.