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.
A famous writer once said a woman 's hair is her glory. What a great day it will be when African American women realize this about their natural tresses. While it is perfectly normal to want to change your looks by trying different styles, why alter the natural make up of the strands that grow from the scalp? Instead of choosing perms and other dangerous chemicals to completely alter the natural texture of the hair, black women should learn to manage, style, and love the God-given hair they have been blessed with since birth. Although it may not be the most popular thing to do, African-American women should wear their hair in its natural state. Natural hair is healthier, the styling choices are limitless, and it is an excellent expression
Hair Coloring Tips for the Black Woman Natural African-American hair is already beautiful on its own. On the other hand, if you want to have a major hair makeover, giving it a new breathe of color can dramatically change your look. While there’s nothing really wrong with dyeing your hair, just make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you permanently color your tresses. Check the type of hair dyes to determine which looks best on your natural hair. Remember that a drastic color change can have major consequences if you’re not careful with it.
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.
Hair is something that many people value and try hard to make look good. Ponyboy values his hair because it’s who he is really, he’s a greaser and most greasers have that type of styled hair. Well in chapter 5 of the outsider, Ponyboy got his hair cut and bleached, and wasn’t too excited about it. Ponyboy thinks, “It was my pride. It was long and silky, just like Soda’s only and little redder” (71).
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 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.
The weave or it maybe their natural hair, often goes unwashed, resulting in repugnant odours. This is however, not the last effect; the women who wear the weaves inevitably loose their original natural hair to female pattern baldness, destroying any “natural beauty ' ' there may have been. The community is as I said also damaged by this “custom”. This has become a million dollar industry, diverting money from the Black community and black children; which consequently hinders rebuilding the black families of the
Society has labeled African Americans as ugly ignorant people. They never show the improvement we have done over the years or how we are treated on a daily. The way I would look at Black America may be different from the way you and other look at it. When I look out I see beauty and style, southern living, harassed by police, and being ashamed of our own race so we run out and find a caucasian to build a relationship with.
People will pick and choose certain parts of a culture they deem fashionable, including hair and dress, without any regard to the people’s struggles of that culture. To them it’s just an article of clothing or a hairstyle, but to the people of that culture, it’s who
Hairdressing is an integral part of our lives because everyone likes getting their hair done because they want to look and feel good about themselves. Ask yourself this – Do you check for split ends? Do you secretly wish you were a blonde, Do you love getting new styles and colour? I’m guessing you’ve answered YES to all these questions! The truth of the matter is we are generation of self-obsessed narcissists.
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.
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