Monday, January 17, 2011


Growing up in Trinidad and Tobago I was surrounded by so much amazing music. From Calypso Rose

and Denyse Plummer

to East Indian music, I absolutely loved it all. Apart from the local rhythms, international stars like Diana Ross

Shirley Bassey

and the Three Degrees were

all equally inspirational to me. Although their musical flavors were distinctly different, these divas had one thing in common. Their hair! Be it 100% theirs or not, as they performed you could not help but love their hair!

Genetically gifted with direct African decent or beautifully bi-racial, these talented artists proudly wore their hair voluminous, sexy and soft. As they sang, their hair gave love as well. From medium length hair, full hair to the waist or a fierce Afro, these looks signified sexiness and completed every performance.

Sadly, today I see far too many women in New York wearing their hair chemically over processed, or tucked under slicked wigs and unfortunate hairpieces. Such camouflage is the opposite of what strong black women represent, and frankly, most of it is painfully visually unappealing. It removes all originality when women try to conform to what they think society wants them to look like.

The truth is, women of African decent possess a beauty that many are willing to go under the knife for. Their luscious lips and strong cheekbones, together with their personalities, allow them to uniquely shine.

As a man who grew up in the Caribbean in a very Afro-centric village, I urge women today to reconsider these flat wigs and over processed hair. Give your scalp a break, grow out your hair and let's celebrate that beautiful texture. Let’s have fun and braid it or blow it occasionally. Celebrate the legacy of your rich heritage and be part of the movement to bring back the Afro!

Channel your inner Donna Summer baby!!

If your scalp and hair are healthy and you want to add some spice to a night on the town, add some hair that's big, soft and sexy! Walk down the street with a smile and attitude because your hips and your hair are moving to their own special beat.

Can a strong black woman really feel sexy while wearing a slicked wig or severely broken hair? I honestly believe wigs hide a black women’s true beauty. I would prefer to see healthy hair any day, but that's just my opinion.

Love to the Afro!

Antonio Gonzales


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