Thanks to A Tribe Called Curl, I found this interesting article on natural hair by Ebony contributor Akiba Solomon. In it, Solomon gives a historic and global view on natural hair. I really like this article because it is the beginning of many conversations that I think should occur about the representation and treatment of natural hair by the media, by our friends, family, etc., and by ourselves.
Some notable quotes from the article:
“After all, more than a century after the end of chattel slavery and some 50 years after the decolonization of much of Africa, conventional wisdom still tells us that tightly coiled hair is an ugly, shameful, unprofessional, unclean, thing to be “fixed”.
“In 2012, we’re living in a Black hair funhouse where Nicki Minaj—a pop superstar who rocks ombre pastel Bride of Frankenstein wigs—spits lyrics like, “I’m the Terminator … These little nappy headed hoes need a perminator…” for screaming White fans. A place where we’re more likely to see Wendy Williams pull a Post-it note out of her lace-front on live TV than we are to see a Black female host wear her hair as it grows out of her head.”
This is my opinion on natural hair: the number of women with natural hair in the media continues to increase. From commercials to celebrities to advertisements, we see it more and more. Does it truly represent reality? I’m not sure. Does greater representation of natural hair mean acceptance? I haven’t decided yet.
What do you think? Does natural hair get a bad rap in America? Or, is natural hair more negatively received in other countries, like the Dominican Republic or Brazil (as talked about in the article)?