I just put the kids in the bed and decided to flat iron my hair for work tomorrow. A process I have a love hate relationship with for sure. Then I began to think about my hair styling options, maybe it’s time for a change. I have never been one to jump on any fashion or style bandwagon. Things change too quickly for my taste and the last few years there seems to be a mass transition to sistas going natural. Trolling around on message boards and blogs folks seem to have strong opinions-even biases about our hair.
Apparently, to be a proud black woman who is not ‘self-hating on herself’, my hair should be as natural as God made it and remain so until He and I meet to discuss the matter. (Which, frankly, would be preferable to picking over my many sins while on His earth.)So said an interesting dissertation in the HMS HerMelness HQ postbag last week....more
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Hair is pretty serious business...both commercially and personally. I wouldn't even say that our culture's obsession with hair is specific to women...or to a specific culture. Men and women across cultures want to have and maintain a healthy head of beautiful hair. However, the challenge for African American women holds a few special challenges because of our history and many of our misconceptions about beauty....more
What is it that women talk about when they get together in the company of other women? No, not food. Or sex. Well, not my friends anyway. When we get together we talk about hair.Women of color, in particular, are all about asking how we do things to our hair. In my own experience i have found that talking to other women and listening to what works for them helps me add to my own recipe for what works on my hair. Each time I learn something from these women I take their knowledge, try a few things out on myself, and then come up with an amended version that works for me....more
A white teacher in Milwaukee, Wisc., cut off a black child's braid as punishment for the child's fidgeting with her hair. School officials have removed the first-grader, Lamya Cammon, age 7, from the teacher's classroom while they "investigate," but the teacher still has her job.
The teacher said "I apologize but I was frustrated," according to the mother, Helen Cunningham, who wants to know why this first grade teacher at Congress Elementary would be allowed to keep her job. "Why would we want someone like that teaching our kids?" she asks.
My hair looks crazy, and I look jacked. It’s been this way for about 2 months now. I’m a broke, possibly unemployed (a whole different story) newly-wed in a new town. This town, while I like it, doesn’t exactly cater to my culture. I think I saw 2 home perm kits in the local beauty supply... Anyway, for about 2 months my hair has been unkempt. Most of the black woman reading this will probably gasp. 2 months?!?
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