When I look around me I see people that are different shapes, sizes, and are different races, however what seems to be very interesting and unique about everyone is our hair. Our hair defines our personality that we carry into the community. Especially in the African-American culture our hair is considered ever changing, new, and trend setting. From the braids, to locs, perms, or just being natural, African-American women do not play about their hair. Though when we get our hair done it is a process and it takes time for our hair to look so good, we struggle with issues that come along with how are hair looks. If our hair doesn’t look a certain way we get teased or laughed at because it doesn’t meet the standards of how “African-American” hair
This Ted Talk discusses the challenges African Americans who have naturally curly hair experience. It discusses how society tells people with curly hair that straight hair is prettier, and the effects on cultural identity of African American women today. Many women go to the hair salon to straighten their hair (which causes damage), or put weaves or wigs in. Today, African American women will straighten their hair, in order to achieve a professional look. Dreadlocks, Afrocentric/Pro-Black and urban hairstyles are look down upon.
Since the abolishment of slavery black women are no long being forced to alter their hair; however the underlying principle still remains as society indirectly forces black women to alter their hair in order to “fit in” as society says having straightened hair symbolizes femininity. Once again these standards exclude black women as their “kinky” hair does not fit into societal norms of feminine. Therefore they must alter their hair, may it be chemically or thermally, in order to come close to the dominant standard of beauty (Donald,year). In essence, among black women hair alteration is done because of outside pressures and as times process they began altering their hair as a means to feeling beautiful within themselves rather then self hatred.
More black women stopped using relaxers and reverting back to their natural hair. I didn’t have a relaxer at the time but the movement showed me the beauty in natural black hair. I started looking up youtube videos about natural hairstyles, products, and tutorials. Soon after, I knew almost everything to know about natural hair. I knew what type of hair I had and what were the best products to use.
Europe, Africa, and the Americas each had intelligent societies developed in them. However, geography of the territories they lived in contributed to the development of these civilizations. Civilizations that lived close to each other often influenced or inspired each other. Moreover, civilizations often took from their predecessors. A key example of this is when the Aztecs destroyed and took over the Toltec Native American’s land. Another example was when the Mali Empire took over the Ghana Empire. Instead of completely throwing away all of the Ghana Empire’s activities, they continued the gold-salt trade through the Sahara. They designed their city similar to the Toltecs, and made it significantly more lavish. Additionally, the ability to trade with neighboring civilizations
African American hair is typically composed of tightly coiled curls. The predominant styles for women involve the straightening of the hair through the application of heat or chemical processes. These treatments form the base for the most commonly socially acceptable hairstyles in the United States. Alternatively, the predominant and most socially acceptable practice for men is to leave one 's hair natural. Often, as men age and begin to lose their hair, the hair is either closely cropped, or the head is shaved completely free of hair.
African hair braiding is a simple technique if you follow the instructions carefully. Hair braiding has become a popular trend within the African American culture. Women, men and children of all ages are wearing their hair in a braided style. Many people like the convenience of braids because of the low maintenance and the reasonable pricing.
Black women are often criticized by others for choosing to straighten their hair instead of wearing their hair in its “natural state.” On the other hand, however, Afrocentric hairstyles are often frowned upon and seen as unprofessional. Jefferson points to this in stating that “flowing hair” is a sign of a greater beauty. The idea to straighten one’s hair in this manner is not only a matter of aesthetic, but one of assimilation to the Eurocentric beauty standard. In order to find greater financial and social success, many women feel that they must mold themselves to fit the beauty standard that is preferred by whiteness even if this is decided subconsciously.
African American rapper “Lil’Kim” publicly admitted to getting surgery and bleaching her skin, saying “really beautiful women that left me thinking, how I can I compete with that? Being a regular black girl wasn 't good enough.” This trend of women being unhappy with their bodies is not uncommon. 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies, this grows to 78% by the time they are 17 (Maine, 2011). Due to this, more women result to practices making themselves more “attractive”. One of these practices is the art of wearing cosmetics. Self-conscious women are more likely to wear cosmetics than less self-conscious women and report that they believe their social interactions are more pleasurable when they wear makeup (Miller &
The truth that many black women have failed to realize is that we teach people how to treat us by the way we treat ourselves. How we take care of ourselves projects a clear picture of how we want others to treat us. For instance, you can usually tell how your treating yourself by the way others are treating you. Other people will treat you with value, respect, love, and dignity, if you are treating yourself with the same value, respect, love and dignity. We must love ourselves enough to take care of our physical bodies by practicing healthier eating habits, sleeping better, exercising, meditating, and doing things that release positive energy in our lives. There are too many black women struggling with diabetes, anxiety, obesity, depression
Although many years have passed, some aspects of the sense of womanhood have still maintained to be the same. Since there are a lot of aspects of beauty that still play a role within the twentieth century, many women are still struggling to find a way to stand up for what they believe is right within the beauty industry alone. By having cosmetic surgeries constantly available to women of any economic status, there are a lot of women spending thousands of dollars in order to make themselves more “acceptable” towards today’s society. Another economic problem occurs within the cosmetic industry is that they are constantly receiving more money and allowing for women to live with their insecurities and transfer them into something fake. From the perspective of many individuals, there have been a lot of inspiring role models within the African American society that have had the opportunity to attempt to influence other women to love who they are and for them to embrace their hair, skin, and who they are.
The tightly coiled hair that black women used to wear until then was grown
Traction alopecia in Black women: Causes and Prevention Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that results when hair is subjected to stress from being pulled too tightly. The constant pulling on the scalp results in the hair being dragged from the hair follicle. The follicle may sustain permanent damage in some instances and if this happens hair will never re-grow from it. If you’ve ever installed braids so tight your scalp is tender for days or pulled your ponytail so tight that your forehead looks like you had an injection of Botox then you were creating the exact conditions that can lead to traction alopecia. Causes of traction alopecia Traction alopecia is a problem for black women because the hair styles and styling practices that
I never would have gotten this far or have agreed to such a daunting task if I did not find the hair boutique material interesting. Interesting may be a bit of an understatement. A study in African-American hair weaving is like studying wine. It involves: geography, chemistry, horticulture, geology and climate. To pass this test, I needed to improve my knowledge African-American hair textures and basic to classic weaving styles. Now a person does not dive into something like this with out a larger force driving them. During my preparations, this drive slowly revealed itself. Consuming all my free time, I found myself studying, talking, and thinking about hair. The passion for this hair boutique of financial luxury had finally revealed itself