What does Ares the Greek god of war have to do with natural hair? Welcome to the latest uproar in the natural hair community.
Enter Pi Nappa Kappa, A Natural Hair Sorority started on FB first as a group but also as page. I was invited to be a member of the group a while back and have “liked” the page also. The group describes itself as
“The Pledge is coming soon. The Latin word soror, meaning “sister” and frater meaning “brother” respectively takes on an entirely new meaning with us. We do not take the word Soro lightly here. As we develop our brand, group loyalty and numbers we will go out and share the good news of living a natural hair health and beauty lifestyle. We embrace Naturals wherever we see them.”
Sounds warm and fuzzy right? So why the uproar? There are several YouTube vids that touched on being “coerced” to purchase Pi Nappa Kappa gear and told they were not real members until they made a purchase. There were others who felt the group sounded “elitist” while others called it a “cult”.
I think it is simply much ado about nothing. Wanting to belong is a basic human need, just ask Maslow. People like the idea of being included in something that is why we have clubs and organizations. And while some greeks feel like the use of the term sorority is somehow insulting to their “real sisterhood” I find that response just plain silly. Sorority simply means sisterhood so you could even call nuns a Catholic Sorority.
I am a member of the Natural Hair Society along with several natural hair message boards, dozens of natural hair FB groups and pages, meet-up groups, etc. In case you couldn’t tell from my blog, youtube account and fb page I like talking about natural hair and sharing it with others. No one is forced to belong, I have never paid any membership for being natural and I own a couple natural hair t-shirts. My pride in natural hair doesn’t make me part of a cult, a snob, or a relaxed hair hater; it simply means I enjoy my hair and want to support others on their journey.
So what are your thoughts on a natural hair sorority? Offensive? Elitist? A cult? Or just a fun group?