Why Natural Hair will ALWAYS Be Political


I’m going to try and keep this brief: My brother just called me to put on MNET, the South African channel. Tyra was on with the controversial ‘good hair’ episode she did where she features 5 young mums and their daughters to discuss the concept of ‘good hair’.

I think Tyra’s intentions are always in the right place, but as always there are a few embarrassing knobs on these programmes. Like the black mum (whose name escapes me) that has never dated a black man because she does not want ‘nappy’ hair for her children.

Wow, looks like Darwin’s racism is alive and well within black people.

At the end of the day, natural hair will always be a political suggestion, whether or not you think it is. This is because by opting to wear your hair natural, you are making the choice to go against the grain and refusing to conform. I don’t want to hear the ”it’s easier to manage nonsense”. Is choosing between Motions, Lusters Pink and choosing which straighteners to get easier to manage? I don’t know.

I don’t want to sound like Napoleon from Animal Farm here but natural hair is always going to be a political statement, because it is part of the black people’s hair journey. And what is wrong with it being political?

Nothing. Politics runs the world

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