The weight of the issue doesn’t stop journalists from attempting to explore it. New York Times writer Ruth La Ferla examined the political significance of the new afro, determining that it’s “a kinder, gentler ‘natural’ pretty much shorn of its militancy” compared to the style of the 1960s era.
Sofia Loren Coffee, who appeared in Michael July’s book “Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair,” said: “I don’t wear my hair natural because I’m strictly Afrocentric or don’t believe in the white man’s perm. I wear my hair this way because I truly think I look adorable with natural hair.”
Not everyone agreed with La Ferla’s assessment of the new apolitical afro. One reader commented: