There has been a very interesting topic regarding natural black hair trending on Twitter. Does natural hair make you blacker? Women are going back and forth in regards to whether or not wearing your natural hair make you more “blacker”.
Is there such a thing of being “blacker” if you’re born black? I’m just saying. Also, who defines black so “blacker” would be in relevance to who definition? Okay, well I wanted to provide another opinion on this subject matter.
Throughout the last month or so, increasingly more articles or blog posts and replies have sprouted on the web relating to natural hair and “blackness.” Sister 2 Sister published a piece of writing that questioned this identical concern: does possessing all-natural hair in some way cause you to be “blacker?”
This topic caused a plethora of responses on Twitter as well as sparked an interest for natural hair bloggers to write about the topic. The author of the original article printed in sister 2 sister mentioned she never advocated the ridiculous thought that Black women that relax or straighten their head of hair are attempting to look like their White female counterparts with very long, shiny and smooth hair.
Judging by a lot of the responses on this post, a lot of black women agreed with her. You are not able to measure an individuals “blackness” by their choice on how they prefer to style their hair.
It is a challenge to describe what blackness means. Blackness is relevant to an individuals definition. Just as an individual determines their on definition of success, an individual would have to determine what their definition of blackness mean.
Being “blacker” can vary from individual to individual. To many it may mean the knowledge they have of the African American culture to others it may be be their since of style or their appreciation of music. Who’s to say?
Please refer back to India Arie song “I am not my hair” – when it comes to determining our “blackness” by our hair. You hair does not define you as an individual. Your character is what defines you.
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