Black hair can be political, how you choose to present you hair can be a way of expressing how you feel about issues. This can be subconscious or a premeditated move; in most cases it is planned. Black female hair is an even touchier subject, it is policed everywhere, from school to the workplace.
Some people believe a woman’s hair shows which side of the political fence she is on, others argue that hair has nothing to do with a person’s beliefs on any level beyond the aesthetics. The arguments have however done little to change people’s views on hair and hairstyles, the majority of us still associate dreadlocks with being ‘woke’, and weaves with ‘self-hating-white person-wanna be/ un-African” – these ideas are increasingly being refuted by women who choose to exist outside societal norms.
So that lady with dreadlocks maybe the most superficial person you’ve ever encountered. And those glamorous women with the 18-inch Peruvian weaves might be the fiercest warriors of the Woke Army.
Natural, pseudo-natural and shorter hairstyles have become the go-to styles for a lot of Black women, their reasons vary from political to maintenance issues. As stated above some Black women use their hair to mark their stance on societal issues – the Pretoria Girls’ High School hair protest comes to mind.
Others choose to go natural because it’s less expensive, a R2,600 weave/wig that you have to wash at a salon for around R450 every month or two is heavier on your pocket than a weekly haircut that can cost you anywhere between R60 to R220 depending on the salon’s location.
Other have left the weaves behind because of more mischievous reasons, like cheating – weaves and relaxed hair leave trails everywhere you go, and cheating becomes an even bigger challenge for all parties involved with a weave on.
Some reasons for going natural are health related, the damage chemicals and implants do to your scalp and skin is sometimes irreversible. The damage ranges from receding hairlines (njibhabs) to skin cancer.
Small companies and conglomerates alike have unsurprisingly latched on the nature vibes through the creation of products that specifically concentrate on Black hair.
Consumers have also created platforms where they share tips on how to take care of Black hair, sometimes using household items like apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, etc. A hairstyle can be whatever the person wearing it chooses it to be.