There has always been stigma surrounding the hair of people of colour. However, as the years have gone by black people have become more free and have started to embrace their natural hair.
For so many years, black people have had their hair shamed. Their hair has always been considered unprofessional or untidy because of the texture of their hair. Infact, black people have had to endure so much violence and persecution because of their hair. An example is 12 years old Amari Allen, who when playing at recess, was grabbed by three boys, who had her mouth stuffed and her hair cut, because she had dreadlocks.
As more freedom has come by, there has been a new found confidence and no guilt. An example is 10 years old, Promise Sawyer, from Nashville who posted a video after she was bullied for wearing an afro. In the video, she said she was very proud of her hair and would not let the world steal her joy or give them power over her.
One amazing thing is the versatility of black hair. It can be worn in many different ways. From styling it into an afro, rocking braids, dreadlocks, curls or straightening it; if you prefer to chemically treat your hair.
The black hair is beautiful, special, unique and something to be proud of. The black hair is so versatile and has so many variants and types. It’s amazing how it’s curls are defined, edges are laid, and the puff bun comes up. With your black hair, you do it the way you want it.
African hair is like architecture and simply magical. By Africans slowly unlearning and unprogramming their minds from colonization they’re combating negative stigmas that have always haunted them.
Our ancestors unapologetically wore their hair in beautiful, intricate hairstyles. Their hair was an extension of who and what they represented.
Black pride is imminent in our society today and is gradually rising. We as individuals are redefining the way in which we are perceived. We are loving ourselves more and having open dialogues about our hair , cultures and more. Hair is our sense of gratitude and main element to our identity as Africans.