If you are a dark-skinned black woman, chances are you are probably sick of the hair debate. I know I am. It is a necessary evil, unfortunately, as hair is a large part of any woman’s identity, regardless of her race or ethnicity. But dark-skinned black women, no matter how we wear our hair, bear the brunt of unfair criticism in the hair conversation.
I am not here to reopen wounds or throw darts with my words, but with all of the talk that is developing from Peter Thomas’s comments about black women wearing blonde weave, I want to weigh in on some of the inconsistencies that get applied to black women’s hair, especially in doing comparisons. If you are participating in perpetuating this, you stand to hurt yourself in the process.
First, I want to say that every black woman has the freedom to choose how she wants to wear her hair. Especially if it is growing out of your own head, you get to do whatever you want with it. The rising narrative for black women on the hair care front has been to embrace our natural hair as an act of self-love. Wearing natural styles and maintaining our hair naturally is also seen as a means of redirecting hair care profits from non-black companies (many of which are Asian-owned) to more black-owned companies for hair care and hair products.