“ Having Black hair is unique in that Black women change up styles a lot. You can walk down one street block in New York City and see 10 different hairstyles that Black women are wearing: straight curls, short cuts, braids - we really run the gamut. Queen Latifah”

The Iconic black hair has evolved but always has and will forever remain the same. Since the beginning of time, culturally, our hair and the topic of our hair was a prominent social activity, and the opportunity to socialize while styling each other’s hair. This is still true today in salons across America and across the globe.

Hairstyles genuinely have played a significant role in our culture. Going back to the early 15th-century African civilization, our hair has symbolized more than just a regular cut and style. You could determine an African tribe, spirituality, and family background solely based on the way their hair was styled. Monarchs of African tribes wore extravagant hairstyles to symbolize their stature or rank in tribal family or communities.

Our hair was and is symbolic in so many ways. Furthermore, in some tribes, you can tell if a woman was in mourning or fertile by the upkeep of her hair. Of course, if a woman was fertile and ready to get “her groove on”, her hair was laid. You can imagine what it looked like if she was mourning, *crickets chirping*.

Our beautiful hair is enriched in a plethora of history.

When it came to the Himba tribe, there are different characteristics of the hair that determined the different life stages, marital status, or age. When a girl enters puberty, she wore braid that would hang her hair over her face.  When ready for marriage, women would remove their braids to reveal their goddess faces.Married women would wear unique eccentric crowns or headbands made from animal skin.

Moving forward to our current hairstyle culture. Our hairstyles are still iconic, used by others and is still a huge topic today’s society. Sadly today, some choose to belittle or make derogatory statements when it comes to our hair choices. 

In the past, we were called jigaboo, nappy-head, and many other insulting comments were made. This is still true today. We all are guilty at some point. However, no culture downgrades their women for wearing weaves, perming their hair, or choosing to wear its natural state than our culture. Why is that? However, historically, our hair symbolized so much more than just a simple hairstyle. Why aren’t we just celebrating and embracing our changes, good or bad?

While some have created healthier methods, even perming hair has been met with some ridicule. I can remember in the past when wearing natural hair, a lot of the same comments made today were stated, especially when it came to comments such as “she must have self-esteem issues or love herself”, “she needs to comb her hair”, or “I can’t believe she came out of the house looking like that”.  Dammed if you do, hot dammed if you don’t.

Essentially there is no rational explanation why it’s ok to talk about or make any derogatory remark to a woman because of the way she chooses to wear her hair. Whether it’s wearing it kinky, permed straight, bonding or sewing, or attaching a lace front.The history of the black woman and the many facets of our hairstyles date back centuries, from tribe to tribe. Even when being brought to a foreign land and having to submit to some European standards of beauty.

Accomplished Director Spike Lee also directed a movie in which one of the topics was the black women’s hair and textures. It shined the light on differences and negativity associated with how women wore their hair. The stress put on the black woman, about her hair has been a burden for too long. It’s time to leave us the hell alone. Were your beautiful natural hair, apply that creamy crack from the front to the back, install that new lace front unit and if your edges are gone, apply some healing cbd oil products. Then reapply a full wig. Whatever makes you happy. Low self-esteem and low self-love can come in many forms. Embrace and love your hair! When it all boils down to it, whether it was naturally curly or straight or covered by a hair weave. We must invest in the time to take care of our hair.

Then there are some many correct or incorrect techniques when being successful with our eccentric, goddess hair. Did you realize that tight curly hair doesn’t have a direct or straight path for natural oils and water to travel? Therefore, our hair loses so much daily moisture, especially right after washing or greasing our scalp.

As a black woman today, I’ve worn my hair in many diverse ways for many different reasons. I love, cherish, embrace, and celebrate our differences and various hair palates and repertoire. We are all bold & exotic goddesses, no matter the hairstyle.

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