Black hair has been and is a valuable and a trendy part of our character, we often see our hair as a reflection of our identity. We are serious about our hair, we will sit in a salon for hours to get THAT look, sometimes the way our hair is styled, the way it looks, and how it feels, will change our mood for the day. The history of our hair has a timeline that goes back to the years of when Madam C.J. Walker, who was born in the 1800s created black hair products after suffering hair loss from a scalp ailment.
When it comes to hair, as all women can relate. We go through a battle of how we're going to wear our hair; what are we going do with our hair today; what color should we dye it. But as a black women, It's always the agony of questioning "what's next?".
Black women has gone through tough circumstances to make our hair look and behave a certain way, styles have evolved since the times of women wearing the fro, the braids, being straightened, etc.. now we see how most of those styles have returned, with women wearing their au naturale to braids and to wigs and weaves. The black hair culture has been on a journey and continues to be a journey, that majority of us are willing to take. If you're old enough to reflect on the various styles of those such as, the Motown group The Supremes, to Diahann Carroll, to Pam Grier, Angela Davis, and the Cicely Tysons of those hair eras, and don't forget the fabulous Grace Jones, how she came onto the scene in the early 1980s wearing the natural flat top fade. We have gone on a journey, I tell ya!
In the times of slavery, field slaves were forced to hide their hair while house slaves were often forced to wear wigs. Today it is estimated that 80% of black women chemically straighten their hair, known as the "relaxer' that George E. Johnson promoted in the 1960s. During the 1980s, weaves raised the black beauty bar from the Diana Ross' to the Janet Jacksons and to the Tyra Banks'.
Chris Rock created a dialogue in 2009 revealing information about the black hair culture. The documentary showed various aspects of the black hair culture that were very entertaining, a bit saddening and with some truth to it, because it pointed out some thoughts on a women's self esteem when it comes to how we feel about our hair. If you feel how I feel, when my hair looks and feels good, it makes me feel sexy, happy, confident, and as if nothing can ruin my mood...our hair is our crown and glory.
I love the versatility of being a beaUtiful black woman, I am not by far saying that all women aren't beaUtiful. All women are phenomenal creatures. But girlfriend, I tell ya, the versatility of being a black woman comes with some many variants. And when it comes to our black hair, we can often be so versatile to having it curly one day, kinky the next day, and straightened later in the week and go from natural, to braids, to weaves and wigs. I have to say that our black women have a tendency to not take the greatest care of our hair. Sometimes while wearing weaves and wigs, we tend to neglect our natural hair under those extensions. We often have to re-learn how to care for our natural hair, truth be told there are many of black women who are not knowledgeable on how to care for their hair. That too comes with self-educate, the internet world we live in these days and the many platforms that are at hands reach, can teach us so much on how to care for our hair.
We love our hair, there is no denying it. Care and respect your hair, no matter the type, and without denigrating other hair types. Other hair types are beaUtiful in its own right, and our hair types should be recognized as beautiful in its own rights as well.
I love being a black woman and I love my hair!
What makes you feel good about your hair?
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