Black hair has always had its ups and downs in history. I remember conversations and documentaries that I’ve consumed on the conversation of natural vs. relaxed hair and how it was a major self reflecting issue amongst Black women and even Black men and how they felt about it (as if their opinion really mattered). I also remember loving Atlanta for giving Black hair a major platform that showed massive creativity, talent and versatility at, The Bronner Bros. Hair Show. I even remember the time where I did not know how to do my own hair in college and I used Pink Moisturizer as my go to. Finally, I remember learning how to do my own hair, other people’s hair, learning the different hair types, and understanding the different opinions and history on natural and relaxed hair
From these memories and many more I learned to love and appreciate my Black hair as an art form. I developed this statement a week ago in my room when I got off work. I noticed that I would develop anxiety from thinking of what my coworkers might think or say about my new hairstyle. I noticed that every time I changed my hair, I would get so many different stares and opinions. Whether the stares and opinions were good or bad I developed anxiety from it. To go even further, sometimes I would get treated differently depending on what hairstyle I had.
Maybe because this problem is not new for me but the fact that I turned these negative thoughts and feelings into such a powerful conclusion is amazing. Art is an expression of sorts that comes in many forms and because Black women expresses themselves through hair versatility it is then an art form. It’s all about feeling, Black women wear different hairstyles to express change. From the simplest form of change like a birthday or going on vacation or to a more deeper form of change like cutting your hair to erase bad memories and to start over and be refreshed.
Black women, we can have our hair (and when I say our hair, that includes the hair that we buy) short, medium and long. We can dye it any color we want, literally any color. We can change our hair texture to kinky or silky. We can cut it all off or grow it until it can’t grow anymore. We have all of this versatility that WORKS on us with the help of the amazing and talented hair stylist out there.
So, I know that we as Black women go through a lot as it pertains to our hair and the workplace but it is such a beauty that it can out-way all of the negatives. If we stick together and share our stories, we can find comfort in each other and be vulnerable to women that understands our beautiful struggle.
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