LEANZA MONDESIR


More Than Hair

Due to the cultural implications of hair, African Americans have struggled to control their self-image, which can represent an invitation for judgements or comments. The intricate styles worn by many, show self-expression and identity, however society views black hair as “other”. Hair can instantly be taken as a political statement in itself. In many ways, their own proclamation of identity is silenced with outside voices. In some spaces it is still acceptable to place rules on hair-- even if they are rules with straight hair as the blueprint. It is determined by everyone but themselves. Black hair in America continues to be somewhat of an enigma, with a slew of negative connotations further challenging one’s self-image. Despite the negative ideas surrounding it, African Americans strive to assert their own identity in a space that treats them and their hair as objects of fascination.