This is why non black people with ‘dreads’ or some sad attempt at locs piss black people off so much. Black people are normal people. Our hair is normal hair. Whether it is in locs, braids, twists, coils, an afro or any other style under the sun. This ‘othering’ of aspects of our beings, this way of making something that is natural to black people into something that can be ‘alternative’ or ‘cool’ for white people to try is especially tiresome when you remember that many of us have been discriminated against for having our hair in these styles.
I deliberately removed personal identifiers from this photo (it was publicly posted) because it’s not about this individual person. Do NOT send her hate mail. I’m glad she’s happy with her hair and that its healthy again. (forcing straight hair into styles that work best on kinky hair CAN be damaging!) I’m not fighting against her. I am fighting the mentality that white/straight hair = normal and black/kinky/loc’ed hair = other/abnormal. I want for us to not be told our natural hair is unprofessional, for our daughters to not have their hair cut by racist teachers in the middle of class, for natural hair styles to not be against the dress code in school. I want people to stop pretending that we aren’t under attack simply for being who we are. I want for loc’ed hair to not be ‘cool & alternative’ on a white woman’s head yet ‘unprofessional/unkempt/dirty’ on a black person’s.
you’re better than me fam, I wouldn’t have air brushed a damn thing.