They Were Ashamed Of Their Unusual Hair, But Now They’re Famous For It.
Black women have been taught throughout history that straight or wavy hair is the most beautiful. It's an endless battle for women of colour who choose to follow fashion trends; colouring their hair or adding extensions. They are heavily criticized for not embracing their roots. While women who grow their afros out are viewed as angry, even militant, not willing to fit into the norm.

For black communities in the United States, hair is more than just a fashion statement; it is accepting its natural state, colour, and texture, despite what mainstream says. Twin sisters Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder, have taken a stand; letting their hair grow naturally long. Their stunning manes have made them Instagram and blogging darlings who dare to go against the notion of what beautiful hair is supposed to look like.

Takenya aka TK Wonder is a songwriter and singer while Cipriana Quann is the co-founder and editor in chief of Urban Bush Babes. TK Wonder later joined her sister to work in UBB while continuing her music career.Takenya aka TK Wonder is a songwriter and singer while Cipriana Quann is the co-founder and editor in chief of Urban Bush Babes. TK Wonder later joined her sister to work in UBB while continuing her music career.

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The twins want to encourage women of colour to be themselves and embrace their beauty. Still, it's not just about hair.The twins want to encourage women of colour to be themselves and embrace their beauty. Still, it's not just about hair.

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"I think natural hair is a good central point, but it doesn’t revolve all around hair. It’s really more based on the person rather than just on the hair. I am more than just my hair," Cipriana told Cosmopolitan."I think natural hair is a good central point, but it doesn’t revolve all around hair. It’s really more based on the person rather than just on the hair. I am more than just my hair," Cipriana told Cosmopolitan.

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Cipriana has been growing her hair long for the last nine years. She had a career as a model and felt her hair seemed to be a point of contention in the fashion world.Cipriana has been growing her hair long for the last nine years. She had a career as a model and felt her hair seemed to be a point of contention in the fashion world.

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"I was modelling for almost a decade and the only issue that I had in the modelling world had to do with my hair," Cipriana recalls. "My hair is afro-textured; I don’t have a defined curl. I was beginning to actually hate my hair and seeing it as a huge obstacle.""I was modelling for almost a decade and the only issue that I had in the modelling world had to do with my hair," Cipriana recalls. "My hair is afro-textured; I don’t have a defined curl. I was beginning to actually hate my hair and seeing it as a huge obstacle."

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"I didn’t have any creative freedom or creative control, so I quit modelling and decided to grow my hair natural again," following that decision, she starting her blog site. "It was a great feeling to recognize this is what I was meant to do after all those years struggling and being unhappy in the work I was doing." "I didn’t have any creative freedom or creative control, so I quit modelling and decided to grow my hair natural again," following that decision, she starting her blog site. "It was a great feeling to recognize this is what I was meant to do after all those years struggling and being unhappy in the work I was doing."

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TK Wonder wants to make it clear, they are not against nor do they judge women who wear their hair in weaves.TK Wonder wants to make it clear, they are not against nor do they judge women who wear their hair in weaves.

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"Natural hair was about being yourself. There’s nothing wrong about a woman who wears a weave," TK Wonder reveals. "I really don’t care what a woman chooses to do with her hair, but I think it came to a point where it was derogatory toward people who wore their hair natural, and there was a certain stigma around people who wore their hair natural or in an afro.""Natural hair was about being yourself. There’s nothing wrong about a woman who wears a weave," TK Wonder reveals. "I really don’t care what a woman chooses to do with her hair, but I think it came to a point where it was derogatory toward people who wore their hair natural, and there was a certain stigma around people who wore their hair natural or in an afro."

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For them, their mission was straightforward "It was about breaking down stereotypes and derogatory perceptions that people had about natural hair," TK Wonder explains.For them, their mission was straightforward "It was about breaking down stereotypes and derogatory perceptions that people had about natural hair," TK Wonder explains.

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TK Wonder has been growing her hair out longer, she's been at it for the last 14 years.TK Wonder has been growing her hair out longer, she's been at it for the last 14 years.

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Still, people have a lot of assumptions and ideas surrounding the twins' hair.Still, people have a lot of assumptions and ideas surrounding the twins' hair.

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"A common misconception is that kinky afro-textured hair is heavy when in fact it is quite the opposite," Cipriana wrote on her blog. "Now I am not saying it does not get a bit global warming up on the dome in the NYC heat, but our hair aesthetically is deceiving since in actuality it is light as a feather. So the answer is no.""A common misconception is that kinky afro-textured hair is heavy when in fact it is quite the opposite," Cipriana wrote on her blog. "Now I am not saying it does not get a bit global warming up on the dome in the NYC heat, but our hair aesthetically is deceiving since in actuality it is light as a feather. So the answer is no."

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Still, maintaining their locks healthy and strong requires a little bit of work.Still, maintaining their locks healthy and strong requires a little bit of work.

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The 29-year-old twins wear silk scarves to keep the natural moisture in the hair in, they apply coconut oil for extra moisture on the ends, and they detangle weekly and snip off split ends every other week.The 29-year-old twins wear silk scarves to keep the natural moisture in the hair in, they apply coconut oil for extra moisture on the ends, and they detangle weekly and snip off split ends every other week.

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As for detangling the hair, that can take seven to eight hours as they do it using their fingers not a comb.As for detangling the hair, that can take seven to eight hours as they do it using their fingers not a comb.

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The sisters also like to point out that they do not have dreadlocks, it's just their hair natural texture.The sisters also like to point out that they do not have dreadlocks, it's just their hair natural texture.

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Cipriana is the twin who tends to wear her hair up while TK Wonder prefers wearing it down.Cipriana is the twin who tends to wear her hair up while TK Wonder prefers wearing it down.

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Despite the fame their hair has brought them, Cipriana is hesitant to accept it defines her.Despite the fame their hair has brought them, Cipriana is hesitant to accept it defines her.

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"If I lost all my hair tomorrow, that would not take away who I am as a person. Not to be contradictory, but I feel that the hair is part of me as well," she admits. "It took me so long to finally love it and now that I finally love it, I’m not afraid to wear my hair how I want to wear it. My hair is representing all those years that it took me to finally become confident in the complete woman that I am today.""If I lost all my hair tomorrow, that would not take away who I am as a person. Not to be contradictory, but I feel that the hair is part of me as well," she admits. "It took me so long to finally love it and now that I finally love it, I’m not afraid to wear my hair how I want to wear it. My hair is representing all those years that it took me to finally become confident in the complete woman that I am today."

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Source: BoredPanda

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