Black women's hair has become the subject of much recent discussion. From the flack Solange Knowles (pictured above) took for cutting off her hair, to a KGB commercials mocking BW and their "weave fetish," to Chris Rock's upcoming movie Good Hair, to Tyra Banks devoting an entire episode to encouraging BW to wear their natural hair. Our hair has been very much in the news lately.
So let's talk about all this. What is it with us and our hair? I know I have my opinions about this subject but let's really think about this issue:
- Fake vs. Natural. For me it's gotten to a point where I can't even tell who's hair is real or fake anymore.
- Why do we BW alter our natural hair (weaves, wigs, perms, dyes)? Is the impetus to seemingly make ourselves more attractive? Is it tied to our self esteem?
- Do men (regardless of race) prefer our hair to be a certain way?
- Are we trying to look more like WW?
- It is true that our hair is unlike anyone else's hair in the world. So why can't we embrace this uniqueness instead of trying to change it?
- I relaxed my hair for years but I had to stop because it was doing too much damage to my scalp and hair. Since we are all aware of what overprocessing can do to the health of our hair, why do we continue to do it?
- If you are a BW who chooses to relax or otherwise process your hair do you feel that sisters who choose to wear their hair naturally are condescending toward you?
Let's talk about this, in the comments section.