Black women, are you ashamed of your natural hair? Countless of black women do not think they are embarrassed by their hair, yet these women spend large amount of time and money to hide their kinky hair. Some of these women will do just about anything to annihilate their God-given curly/kinky hair.
Chris Rock completed a documentary entitled “Good Hair”. This show is extremely informative because it explains some important aspects of relaxers, weaves, and wigs. As I watched the program with my family, I have to admit that I was embarrassed, but I became more educated about people’s fascination with hair.
Hair relaxers :
“The same ingredient that cleans out the clog in your sink is the same ingredient used in relaxers.”
Although relaxers have risky chemicals and are even strong enough to melt a soda can, many black women paste this on their heads every six weeks or less. Some of these individuals do this because they do not want the world to see their gorgeously “nappy” hair (bad hair). Therefore, these females spend a lifetime wearing silky hair (good hair) to hide who they really are.
There are also toddlers in “Good Hair”, getting their relaxers.
Weaves and wigs:
“Improper application or care of extensions may cause pulling, itching, headaches and breakage… Natural hair may become thin and fragile due to extra weight on the scalp.”
The program even exposes some of the history behind weaves and wigs. In India, many women shave off their long, silky hair at a temple and offer their hair to a god. This tells me that some women (not just blacks either) are wearing hair that was once sacrificed to an idol, but was then stolen and sold.
Furthermore, knowing that there is a high demand for “fake” hair, some people in India will sneak up on a woman with length hair and cut off her hair. Then those thieves will sell the hair. Imagine watching a movie at the theater and a stranger just chops off your hair?
After enough “good” hair has been stolen, the hair is transferred to factories where numerous women work to take out the bugs and sew tracks on the hair. Later, the hair is distributed to places like America where all types of women will use their rent money to purchase other women’s hair.
At one point in the movie, Chris Rock attempts to sell black hair, but the blacks and Asians clearly articulate that no one likes black hair because it is ugly. At that section of the video, I was insulted as a black woman, but at the same time I understood their reactions.
My hair story:
As a young person, I had a Jheri curl and relaxers. I also wore weaves and wigs. Then I purified myself and decided to wear my hair natural for about four years. I experimented with my hair further, but my friend, Teisha Brown, helped me to value the beauty in black hair. I watched how she wore her natural hair with love, I listened to the black history she shared, and I began to fall in love with the “real” me.
Because of Teisha Brown, my husband, and the researches I have conducted, my children and I now show off our natural hair with pride. All of us had to evolve from the relaxed stage, which was an unappealing process, but now we are liberated.
Every black woman needs to confront herself in the mirror. And if they can honestly say they are not ashamed about their “kinky” hair, then wearing relaxers, weaves, and wigs is not an issue. However, if you are a black female who is rushing to conceal your curly hair because you think that is repulsive, you are deceiving yourself. Those who are knowledgeable know the truth about you. Slavery is over, so return ignorance, self-hatred, and oppression back to the slave master.