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8 THINGS YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT BLACK WOMEN’S HAIR
If you don’t know, now you know.
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Hair. It’s important to most women, but for Mash-Ups, hair, and the cultural rules around it, can represent everything that is challenging about straddling two cultures and the competing beauty standards that come with them. For Black women in particular, a hairstyle can often be viewed less as an aesthetic choice than as a political one, and we have many questions. So here to educate on the basics of Black women’s hair is our Black-American Mash-Up Princess Jones, a writer and proud afro-wearer. Black hair is A Big Deal. Get there!
Newsflash: Black women spend a lot of time and money to maintain their hair. Marketing firms have valued the Black haircare industry at $774 million. That’s a lot of deep conditioner and bobby pins!
As a Black woman in a family of Black women, with a gaggle of Black women friends, this was entirely unsurprising. We are serious about our hair. Our hair can affect our moods. Our hair has its own vocabulary. It bonds us together in the style successes and struggles.
Yet, something so essential to our identity is often misunderstood by people outside of our culture. But clearing up small misunderstandings — about hair! — can go a long way to clearing up the big misunderstandings — about race! So please allow me to share this primer on Black hair.
1. Black hair is literally different than all other hair.
While other races can have straight, wavy, or curly strands, most black people have varying degrees of tightly curled strands. (Check out this article’s chart for a more in-depth explanation.) It may come in spirals, coils, loops, zig zags, or other curves. This is why it tends to grow up rather than down and can make gravity defying shapes like afros and puff The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.
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