I just filled out a questionnaire to join a blogging network and one of the questions struck me as odd. It asked, “What topics do you blog about?” OK, I do not have a problem with that part. Now, let’s move down to the selections…hair, makeup… Hold on, where is beauty?
Now, enter the issue with the question. Options included one selection for blogging topics was African-American Beauty and another for Asian Beauty. I have NEVER seen this option on any other questionnaires. It’s normally just a selection for beauty. How about selecting others and answering, “All Beauty with No Target Race.” At this point, I am no longer concerned about entering the network. I submitted the question to make a point. Beauty is beauty!
Now, I do have hair tips that some may think are solely for black women on my blog but my blog is for everyone. I am a multi-racial woman and I embrace who I am. A part of that is discussing beauty topics that are relatable for everyone. I know women of various races who use relaxers to straighten their natural curls. So, how then are relaxer and texlax posts for a single race?
I have a contributor who discusses natural hair tips but those are not for African-American women only. Again, I know of a number of women who are Hispanic and Caucasian who have thick, curly, and/or coarse hair; therefore, any tips posted by Cherese are not race-specific.
Can a Caucasian woman with straight hair use oils and oil rinse? Absolutely! I belong to a hair community with women who routinely oil rinse. The women there have gorgeous hair, some down to their knees. Stop labeling and restricting based on race and stereotypes.
I know you may ask why I am posting this rant of sorts. I just want to put it out there that this blog is for everyone and please don’t shy away from a post because you think it may not apply to you. There may be tips that you can use: A relaxer or texlax post may have valuable protein or conditioning information you may find useful. You never know what gem may be hidden in a post that you pass by.
Most importantly, I have never let others define me and put me into a box or category they think I should belong to in order to make themselves comfortable with me. I embrace all sides and races in my family. Your issues with who I am or my race is just that, your issue not mines.
What type of beauty blog is Just Tiki?
Just Tiki is a reflection of me and I will not allow others to categorize or label my blog. All are welcome and advice, tips, and topics are for everyone. My only rule, requirement, request, or demand, you must always be respectful. Now, put your feet up, get comfy, and let’s chat.
*steps off soapbox* We now resume our regularly scheduled programming.