Texturism operates in a similar manner as colorism. It is the acceptance or glorification of an individual’s straight or loosely coiled, natural hair texture over an individual’s course, kinkier, or tightly coiled natural hair texture.
Like colorism, individuals with straighter or loosely coiled hair are often times seen as more attractive, afforded better treatment and opportunity, and valued over those with kinkier, tightly coiled textures. Texturism in the Black community is used as a caste system. It has birthed the term “good hair” and marginalized those with so called “bad hair”.
Growing up, I recall hearing on the playground or even family members make comments about someone who was dark in complexion but had “good hair”. They’d say things like, ” you were dark as a baby, but had hair like an Indian” or ” yea she’s dark, but she got good hair”.