Enjoying your natural Black hair in this world dominated by whites can become a disaster.
Nowadays, wearing natural hair, for many Black people including but not limited to Black women, is a meaningful choice combining the features of a protest and the expression of one’s political position. An average visit to the barber becomes a struggle, buying haircare products is also a problem.
Without question, the politics of Black hair are in many ways tied to colorism, sexism, anti-Blackness and misogynoir. These lovely curls are considered shameful, this attitude roots in slavery when removing slaves’ hair was associated with erasing their identities.
The other part of the problem is connected with the inability of a major natural hair product companies to produce Black-oriented products. Deodorants, shampoos, balms, soaps, shaving creams, and other products are often covered with images of privileged White and lighter skinned people, masculine men, feminine women, and blonde, straight, and stringy hair textures. That is who Black women have to regularly invent some new ways to deal with the issue.
And how do you deal with your gorgeous Black hair?