You Wear Your Big Hair, But Do You Really Care?
My mother, “Are you goin to leave the house like that? That big hair makes you look cray cray. Tie it up or something”.
A clear generation gap there.
Work colleague one – “You know being Caucasian, if I was to come to work with my hair like that people would wonder were my crack pipe was hidden”.
Work colleague two - “Can I please just touch your hair? Never seen anything like it!”
Throws hands in the air, I can’t.
To add to the mix it is also not unusual for me to be going about my business and I notice complete strangers stopping dead in their tracks to stare. I presume to look at my BIG hair.
I guess with such examples you can understand why even the most confident person like my self can have moments of “big hair self doubt”.
Who can blame me? I am living in a society, were people are not used to black women with big hair. A black woman rocking a natural Afro to be precise.
Yes I can obtain inspiration from celebrities such as Solange, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, Wynter Gordon and Shingai Shoniwa just to name a few.
On days were I feel a hair challenge coming on strong the women listed above give me that extra hair inspiration - they a just a click away on my IPhone. But what about in real life? There is not many of us roaming free with our Afros.
When I look in the mirror each day I know that whilst others might not yet comprehend the big hair. My hair is not for fashion. It is an extension of me. It is part of my heritage. It’s a statement of my cultural background and my pride.
That’s right ultimately, I inspire myself. Big hair, I literally don’t care.
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