The Kink


@CrownedpearlI’m sharing this at the risk of being yet another notch in the sudden resurgence of the hair debate debacle’s belt.  These are simply some thoughts that made their rounds in my mind space a few years ago and of which most became the bulk of my honor’s thesis titled The Kink: Straight talk, which was in ‘academic terms’ explained itself as an exploration of advertised black hairstyles and hair products, and how mainstream media feeds Africa’s Westernized perception of beauty.

In August 2010 at the age of 22, I decided to stop putting my hair through the grueling process of relaxing my hair, for good.  Up till that day I had always held with me my mother’s approval of having relaxed hair. She said it was easier to manage and maintain that way, and that was all it took.  My decision to go “natural” didn’t fail to come with…

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