Hair And Its Large Impact And Importance To Women Of Color
3 years ago
Hair and its dominating importance
Black women’s struggle to match the standard
Natural hair and its growing acceptance to women of color
Acceptance of unapologetically black hair publicly and in an in professional environment (or lack thereof)
1. Hair is directly linked to beauty and its ambitious standards. A woman’s hair makes up who she is and can have a positive or negative effect on her image as a whole.
2. Typically, the socially acceptable way of looking is to look as close to being Anglo-European as possible.
3. For women of color, hair is a part of them. Hair is expression of who they are and how they want to be perceived as. As Rowe states,” Black hair has always been important to Black people for informing and shaping concepts of Black identity. It has often served as space for assimilation and measurement of proximity to whiteness for Black people. However, hair has also consistently been a space for creativity, autonomy and self-expression among Black people, particularly Black women.” Upon searching, “Natural Hair Loves,” “Amazing Natural Hair,” and “Natural Hair Spot” are just a few of the first names that pop up on Instagram when you type in the word “Natural” in the search bar.
4. Women of color experience intersectionality every day.
All in all, it is shown that women of color have a strong attachment to their hair. Not only does hair create identity but it also fosters a sense of pride and love. Although the public standard of beauty broadcasted by the media is closer to European likeness, women of color continue to be themselves and have emerged in a new recent wave of self-acceptance throwing away the forced ideas of beauty and constantly struggling to fight for acceptance in all communities and settings.
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