Let's Get Kinky

"Annie Illonzeh broke new ground by being the first African-American woman cast as one of Charlie’s Angels. What made this victory all the more remarkable is that this iconic role, the province of Hollywood’s most beautiful female talent, was given to a woman who proudly sported a kinky-curly Afro. It may seem like we’ve made real strides in embracing ethnic beauty, but one might ask where Annie’s counterparts are. Actresses like Zoe Saldana and Megan Good are considered beautiful, but they have a more mainstream look, sporting long, flowing hair. If they aren’t born with the look, they pay for it, a phenomenon Good spoke candidly about in Chris Rock’s Good Hair.

 Hell, even kinky-haired women typically don’t like kinky hair. Most African-American women have been taught to hide their natural texture from a very young age. Many of them would be mortified by the idea of washing their natural hair and wearing it to work as is. The hair industry is banking on it. Low-income, inner-city neighborhoods with large African-American populations have hair supply stores in the same abundance that suburban areas have Starbucks. Weaves and relaxer kits are their bread and butter. Given a choice between poorly maintained, lackluster, relaxed hair and healthy, vibrant, low-maintenance natural hair, many women will choose the relaxed hair."

 

 

 


So where do you fall? I love hair, so I felt this was an awesome topic to blog about, just because it's so much more than just hair to some women. 

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