This afternoon, a friend asked me when I was going to twist my hair. I have locks and usually twist my hair every two weeks. I wear my hair many different ways and love the way my hair looks both when it is freshly twisted and when the twists give way to the strong, new roots that seem to shock everyone else. If I should visit my family three weeks after my initial twisting, they immediately ask me when I am going to do my hair. My friend, like my family, loves my hair when it is ‘neat’ but seems to be made uncomfortable by my untamed roots. How is it that I can look in the mirror and see beauty but they look at me and squirm? How can we be so afraid of our roots? When will they embrace my roots, which are also theirs? Why does everyone feel as if they need to help me manage, control and hide my hair? For this New Year, I hope that we will resolve to love, embrace and defend our roots.