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For years, black women have been demeaned for their features; their noses, complexions and hair. Straight hair and wavy hair have been considered “good hair.” And for centuries these ideas have been perpetuated by images in the media, cultural messages and even policies in schools and professional settings.
Today black women, nationwide, are rejecting straightening chemicals and embracing their natural hair as a point of pride. I spoke with several black women who are attempting to distance themselves from these negative narratives by honoring their roots.
For black women in America, hair has been the easiest way to connect on a deeper level with their linage.
Dawson, Shanel, "Hair is The Root of a Revolution: How Black Women Are Embracing Their Identity With Hair" (2017). CUNY Academic Works.
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