Last year a study was conducted by The Perception Institute, in conjunction with Shea Moisture. It examined the attitudes of people towards Afro-textured hair. The Good Hair Survey measured the ratings of black and white women on a range of hairstyles. Here are the key findings:
In recent natural hair news, there have been some major victories in the fight to simply wear our hair natural, in professional settings. After all, there is nothing unprofessional about Afro textured hair. Here in the U.S, the Army were made to reconsider a dress code policy that banned braids, twists and many of the protective styles we rely on. Certain schools have also been challenged on their policies and made to change them, in order to incorporate young girls who wear their Afro-textured hair natural. Worldwide, we felt the plight of the young protesters at Pretoria High School for Girls in South Africa, they faced systematic racism. The school’s hair policy and how it was implemented was simply a reflection of that. Then in the UK, Fulston Manor High school was challenged to update a policy that hadn’t been changed since 1973, and banned braids and braided extensions. Such policies, whether intentional or not, caused some form of distress to women and young girls who were told their hair didn’t comply. This may have pressured many of them to go back to chemical relaxers, which would have automatically put them in compliance with such policies. This is why it is important to continue to speak up and challenge those who automatically view our hair as unprofessional, or not good enough.
We’ve been warned of the dangers of bad ingredients in hair products. Since going natural most naturalistas like to avoid products packed with chemicals that dry the hair, and may eventually cause breakage. We scrutinize product labels to look for those offenders which are usually hidden among a long list. But what happens when typically good ingredients become detrimental to the health of your hair? How many of us even know to suspect these ingredients; when everyone is telling you they are great or even essential for your hair? As with everything, we all have our differences. No matter how wonderful a product is, it may simply not work for certain individuals. So what are these products or ingredients that may be doing more harm than good?
A change.org petition has been set up to campaign against the uniform policy of Fulston Manor School in Kent, England. A young student was told to remove her braided extensions upon returning to school after the summer holidays. The hairstyle was considered to be against the school’s uniform policy. The policy posted on the school’s website states: “All extremes of hairstyles are not permitted in school. Examples of the types of style considered inappropriate are dying in non-natural hair colours, contrasting colours, hair extensions, beading, braiding and cuts shorter than No. 2.”
The protests of black students from Pretoria High School For Girls in South Africa received world-wide support, with many drawing attention to the cause on Twitter. It became a trending topic; with the hashtag: #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh . The students were protesting the school’s code of conduct in relation to hairstyles. Check out the story and the code of conduct here. The protests took place at the School’s annual fair on the 27th of August, and sparked debate about racism at the school. The students claimed the policy discriminated against them for wearing their natural, Afro textured hair. They also claimed to have faced derogatory remarks from teachers and, no support from the school in addressing these matters. Pretoria High School has since suspended the hair policy after pressure from government ministers and the Board of Education in Gauteng SA. A twenty-one day investigation into the school’s hair policy was ordered by Education Minister Panyaza Lesufi. In a statement released August 30th on their facebook page, they stated that the policy should be suspended while a new and improved one is created.
While on Twitter I noticed a trending hashtag #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh. I clicked on it and saw images of protests, and tweets of support for girls protesting the school’s hair policy. On Saturday the 27th of August, Pretoria High School for Girls held its annual Spring Fair, this year the event was met with protests by some black students. The students who wear their Afro textured hair natural were protesting the school’s policies pertaining to hair, which they believe discriminates against them. Many claim to have faced pressure to straighten their hair in order to conform to the school’s code of conduct. Some black students have even accused the school of discouraging them from speaking their native languages.
You may still be debating the idea of going natural or know someone who is contemplating it. Despite the natural hair movement growing greatly over the years, the majority of black women still use chemical relaxers to straighten their hair. Here are five reasons to embrace your natural hair and avoid chemical relaxers for good. 1.Longer, healthier hair If you have been struggling to get your hair past shoulder length or a certain point; consider the effects of chemicals on the strength of your hair. Don’t believe the myth that your only hope is to resort to perpetual weaving in order to have the appearance of long hair. To know the effects of chemical relaxers; check out this post here. The harsh chemicals from relaxers weaken our already delicate strands. Afro textured hair strands are typically thinner than European and Asian hair. Yet the use of chemical relaxers is most prevalent in the black community. Therefore we are setting ourselves up to be stereotyped as the group whose hair doesn’t grow long, when this in fact is not true. Weakening chemicals are the problem, not our hair type. Hair that is weakened from chemicals is more likely to be thinner and shorter, as the hair will inevitably break off at the ends. There are always exceptions, but the majority of us can relate to having problems with breakage due to relaxers. I used to wonder why it seemed easy for black men to grow huge Afros and have hair longer […]
If you’ve been natural for a while you’ve probably spent time trying to maximize your hair growth and reach your terminal length. Most naturals have experienced hair longer than they have ever experienced before; especially compared to the days they permed their hair. We all remember the struggles experienced when first going natural, especially if you big chopped. Not only was it a time to come accustomed to having natural hair, it was also an adjustment to wear extremely short hair, many for the first time. Whether you shaved your head or cut it into a TWA (teeny-weeny Afro), the big chop required a level of boldness, never required before. For many, it was empowering and liberating to no longer be tied to the conventional mandates of beauty. So why would anyone want to go through the process again, when they have been natural for years? Some of our favorite vloggers have big chopped for a second time, even those who had waist length hair. Have you ever thought of big chopping again. Maybe you are going through a hair rut. Here are eight reasons to big chop again.