Earlier this year, Pierre Jean-Louis, an artist based on the East Coast, posted a photo of a Black woman’s hair that he reimagined as a piece of art that looked like a perfectly coiled galaxy. Since then, Jean-Louise has continued to post artistic renditions of Black women’s hair on Instagram, and every photo is as beautiful as the last.
Last week, a research team from Johns Hopkins Medicine published a review of 19 studies titled “All Hairstyles Are Not Created Equal”, in which they analyzed the relationship between “scalp-pulling” hairstyles and hair loss among Black women. The takeaway, according to Dr. Crystal Aguh, is to offer both Black women patients and dermatologists tips for how to better prevent traction alopecia by avoiding high and moderate risk styles, like weaves, locs, tight ponytails, chemical treatments and braids.
People who don’t understand Black hair want to talk about it without saying anything worth hearing.
For example, recently, instead of concentrating on filing for bankruptcy, rapper 50 Cent had the time to insult a woman on Instagram because of her natural hair. However, “The Hair Tales”, a video series created by writer and activist, Michaela Angela Davis, fights the stigmas associated with Black hair by letting Black women personally tell their narratives and we couldn’t be happier.
It’s time to celebrate Black men’s hair.
WatchCut is taking a look at Black men with its newest video for its “100 Years of Beauty” series.
Many football lovers took time away from the game to make fun of FOX Sports reporter Pam Oliver’s hair.
Last month during the NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers, fans used social media as a tool express their disapproval.
Oliver has finally responded to the criticism, which took shape in the form of memes, tweets and viral videos.
While Rihanna was busy making history as the first recipient of the American Music Awards first-ever Icon award, many people couldn’t help but notice her hair.
The star, showed up to this year’s music ceremony with her hair wrapped, and per usual, Twitter was on fire.
So..I’ve been natural for about three years now and the journey has been filled with challenges. I can’t say that I will never go back to the creamy crack, but I don’t see it in my future. I’m quite satisfied with the way that I can style my hair in it’s natural state, and to my surprise, it’s more manageable. Now that I’ve prefaced my love for my hair, time to get down to business in terms of a particular issue that I’ve been encountering lately.
Even before I went natural, people have always wanted to touch my hair. My college roommate from Booneville, Missouri. The lady at the gas station in Hammond, Indiana. Even the little Indian lady who I sat next to for two hours on a flight to Baltimore. When I receive the “can I touch your hair question,” I’m usually very polite. Most of the time it’s from white people and I understand the curiosity. It’s important to note that these folks, the polite people who ask, is not the reason why I’m writing about this.
Earlier this year we reported on an Ohio school that was forced to change its student dress code after the public became aware that the school made hairstyles such as afros, mohawks, and dreadlocks violations of school policy. As a result of public outcry, the school apologized and changed its rules. Recently, a father decided to send his child to a different school after the school sent her home for having a hairstyle they didn’t find “presentable”:
Last week, we told you about Horizon Science Academy, a school in Ohio that – as part of its dress code – banned afro puffs and braids.
After widespread outrage, Horizon has lifted the ban and released an apology.
Along with lifting the ban, the school vows to take necessary steps to “prevent this from ever happening again.”
A letter to parents from an Ohio school was posted online and the school now may have to answer questions about their dress code.
Horizon Science Academy outlined what was acceptable student dress and included a ban on some natural hair styles: