Alshone Graham, junior, is teaching Natural Vanity attendees how to do bantu knots in a hair tutorial event in the Family and Consumer Sciences, Sept. 4.

Alshone Graham, junior, is teaching Natural Vanity attendees how to do bantu knots in a hair tutorial event in the Family and Consumer Sciences, Sept. 4.

Campus organization educates those interested in natural hair

Natural Vanity, a natural hair care organization, is in its fifth year as a student organization.

“Natural Vanity is an inclusive social organization on campus that focuses on educating, inspiring and supporting those individuals who are interested in natural hair, beauty, living a healthy lifestyle and self-love,” president Brittany Ball-Williams said. “We are here to uplift those who feel self-conscious about their appearance, and be a support system for those who may need help or have questions.”

Natural Vanity’s members are about 95 percent African-American and the rest are  Hispanic and Caucasian, Ball-Williams said.

“A lot of people think our organization is just for black women with natural hair and that’s not true,” she said. “We welcome everyone to come be a part of our organization — men and women, no matter the hair.”

Natural Vanity meets at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in 108 Family and Consumer Sciences Building. The group hosted a hair tutorial event, Wednesday, where they taught hairstyles such as cornrows, dreads, head wraps and twist-outs.

The organization also focuses on health.

“We have DIYs where (attendees) get to make different things and trade different hair products,” sophomore member Kwanita Adair said.

Part of the organization’s purpose is demonstrating connectedness between “naturals,” people who use their natural hair texture without perms, relaxers or straighteners.

“One lesson I learned from being in Natural Vanity is the amount of natural uplifting that is on campus, and how good it feels to know that there are so many people who are going through the same hair struggles,” junior Deja Nelle Routt, a third-year member, said.

The organization has a stylist directory where students provide services to other students on or off campus.

“Natural Vanity started the directory last fall because we wanted to help our fellow students gain business, and students were always asking, ‘Who does hair on campus,’” Ball-Williams said.

For more information, visit their twitter page @NaturalVanityLU.

Story by Briana Dupas, UP contributor

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