Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Intermission: Hair & Attitude

A short break from the usual blog topics ...

When I wear my hair loose, which is rare, it is big, kinky, and ... foreign. I have had the occasional stranger's hand in my fro. I have had people approach me with the first sentences out of their mouth concerning my hair. "How do you do that?" "Do you plan to loc?" Etc. Last Friday, I got my first "I approached you because your natural hair attracted me" from a male. The reactions do not bother me, though, and I actually find it entertaining especially since the reason I went natural was to achieve healthy hair and not to make a statement. Though many black women are transitioning to natural today, the look of natural is still foreign to some.

My sister emailed me an interesting article with audios from nine women -- natural, weaved, straightened, loced, etc. -- about attitudes surrounding their hair. A related article is also included touching upon black hair and politics. Here is a synopsis followed by a link to the read:

"When it comes to straightening hair or letting it be natural, the choice still pushes deep emotional buttons for many African-American women. Others ask, why can't hair just be hair? Nine black women discuss their hairstyles and the attitudes surrounding their hair..."

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/08/27/fashion/20090827-hair-interactive.html


Care to share your experiences?

4 comments:

  1. First let me say I LOVE YOUR Hair in the photos. Now that i've cut most of the color off i'm inspired to ignore the whole length thing and focus on overall health.

    I've had a similar experience as you did. People ask the same thing when my hair was loose and longer about locking, and of course i was told by a guy that he loved my hair and he wanted to take me to his hairdresser (he has locs himself) so I could get mine done too lol.

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  2. Thank you! Yes, health before length.

    "He wanted to take me to his hairdresser." Hilarious! LOL ... I can't believe he said that.

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  3. I had no idea you had a blog! I love it!
    Your hair is soooo beautiful! If I am nearby, please slap my hand when I try to touch your hair.

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  4. Hey Amina! Thank you ... LOL.

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