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Who am I and how do I feel about who I am, are essential questions that help define and construct identity. For Black women and girls, identity is inextricably linked to their relationship to and presentation of their hair. Our research presents findings from an Internet based survey con- ducted with 529 Black women exploring their experiences when wearing their hair in its natural state (not thermally or chemically straightened). These are preliminary findings from the study with reference to the composition of the study participants and how they responded to key ques- tions related to how they perceived when wearing their hair naturally.


This work was originally published in the Open Journal of Social Sciences, available at DOI: 10.4236/jss.2014.21010.

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0)



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