Your Hair or some kind of Hair?
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The type of black woman who would wear red (hair color) has confidence and style.”
The long hidden controversy among African-Americans publicly exploded in November when seventeen-year-old Michelle Barskile in North Carolina was turned down for her sorority’s debutante ball. Several weeks later Ruth Sherman, a white elementary school teacher in New York, fled her school after heavy fire from some black parents. The issue for both women was hair. Barskile’s offense was that she wore her hair in a dreadlocks style that her sorority chapter deemed unacceptable. Sherman’s offense was that she read passages from the book Nappy Hair to her mostly black and Latino students. The parents claimed this demeaned blacks.
The two women discovered that few things generate more anger and passion among black women than their hair. Some black critics say that black women are in a frenzied search to shed the ancient racist shame and stigma of “nappy hair” =”bad hair” by aping white beauty standards. Others say that, like many non-black women, black women are hopeless captives of America’s fashion and beauty industry, which is geared to making them more attractive and pleasing to men. Many black women counter this by saying that they are merely seeking their own identify or “to look better.”
“Get gorgeous! Steal the spotlight with this glamorous upswept design.”
They are all right. But the great hair obsession among many black women is deep. So deep that the spotlight is on black women no matter what happens. The beauty care industry has skillfully fed that compulsion with fantasies of physical glitter and social glamour. They are the spotlight and turned them into mammoth profits. Hair care product manufacturers have sold many black women on the notion that their hair is the path to self-esteem, success, and sexual allure. A century ago the legendary Madame CJ Walker built a multi-million dollar empire on the premise that black women want to look like white women and that “good hair” is the key to independence and prosperity.
“Elegance, spiced with Southern flavor begins with a mane awash in a light golden blond shade.”
The dozen or more black magazines devoted exclusively to hair dwarf that of the number of general interest black publications. The hair magazines are so wildly popular that many librarians are forced to put them under lock and key to prevent them from being pilfered by patrons. The five giant hair product manufacturers, Proctor & Gamble, Helene Curtis, Alberto-Culver, Bristol Meyers, and Johnson & Johnson dominate the hair care industry and are household names among black women.
Here a some products that black can use and even caucasion people. these products are made by companies that try very hard to bring natural standards to many;
1. As I Am
2. Jamaican Mango & Lime
3. one ‘n only
5. Sunny Ilse
We sell these products at our our styling salon in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We use these products on your hair as we prepare your hair for the next event you plan to attend.
“A perfect evening entrance begins with a flawless hair design.”
The Afro or natural hair look of the 1960’s and the braid craze of the 1990’s are touted as examples of black women rejecting white beauty standards. The Afro style was short lived, but never completely gone. The Afro was seen as a revolutionary example of black power and conscience. Many groups stood up for blacks during the time Martin Luther King and Malcolm X marched in the 1960’s, these groups wore Afro styled hair and clinched their fists as a symbol of Black Power .As a culture” Black people tend to use what they believe” in and” their situation they are in” (way of life) as all intertwined into fashion. Today’s braided look is closely tied to black pride and a celebration of the ground that was laid by our forefathers in a great struggle. Understanding this and all we have been through the fashion lifestyle is always going to be a staple of black women in their own right.
Even many black women who sport the bald look are fixated on matching the proper clothes, make-up and ear rings with the style. Most soon tire of these hair fads and retreat back to the straightening comb, fashion braids/extensions or a perm. A bald head is not something that is a must for any women to go out and compete. All that I can say is a felling of who a black woman is comes from her heart and no longer from what the television says.
We have heard many stories in the past where blacks needed to conform to what society was doing and those things that seem to matter in the corporate world. Yes we know about the rules and what we have to do in order to survive in an professional environment. But this great hair obsession is driven by the great ancestors from our past thousands of years ago. We see that the line is being drawn in so many areas of life where a persons hair has nothing to do with their mind . Therefore there are people paving the way for people of different ethnicities to have their roots and their religion be seperate from work. Judging a person because of the style of their hair is wrong. It is almost asking a person to sell their soul in order to feed their family in some of these jobs. fashion and hairstyles are the most popular and perverse expressions of those values.
Let us not be afraid to be free and live beautiful. Walk into any room with authority and share in the value of your strength. your style, your hair, and your mind are all a part of you . Celebrate being you with a value on it. You are a winner and you are pretty.