Nappy (adj): (usually of black African hair) tightly coiled; kinky hair.
For many centuries the word “nappy” has always been associated with a negative connotation. Many women feel that their natural tightly coiled hair is not beautiful or accepted, because of years of hearing that it was disgusting, unmanageable, and not preferred. As a young African-American woman, it saddens me that the women I look up to and aspire to be, are not confident or comfortable with their natural roots. There are women across the nation who haven’t even seen their natural “nappy” hair since childhood. Many women prefer to transform their hair from its naturally coiled state, to a more chemically relaxed form in order to suit society’s needs. The term “nappy” in actuality is not a negative term, but it has been embedded in our heads for so long that it is, and we subject ourselves to that. A woman’s hair is her crown and glory. And no matter how tight or loose the curls are, she should be proud of her natural given gift. Your hair is all of what you make of it, and personally I love my nappy roots and my nappy hair.