I looked at the reasons why black people particularly black women
reject their natural hair. I found many different reasons, some date
back to tribal beliefs and small communities. I found many interesting
documentaries one in particular called 400 Years without a comb
which talks about how slavery impacted the way black people view
their hair because they were more likely to get better roles if they had
neater softer hair than a kinky coarse texture.
Unstyled hair in nearly every west African culture
was considered unattractive to the opposite sex
and a sign that one was dirty, had bad morals or
was even insane.
A woman with long thick hair demonstrated the
life force, the multiplying power of profusion,
prosperity…a green thumb for raising bountiful
farms and many healthy children.