Tayjha Deleveaux, 16, sparked a movement called #supportthepuff after getting chastised at school for natural hair.
Tayjha Deleveaux is a student at the CR Walker Senior High School in the Bahamas. Earlier this month, she went to school with an “Afro puff” that made administrators threaten punishment if she did not “clean” up her “untidy” hairstyle.
According to principal T. Nicola McKay, she was trying to clamp down on students wearing their hair in a way that
“looks like it would not have been combed for days.”
The controversy has inspired the hashtag #supportthepuff, as other naturalistas embrace their beauty and show off their hair in solidarity.
“Black women through the course of history have been told that their hair is unworthy and were made to chemically straighten, hot comb or cover their kinky crowns. In order to be seen as beautiful, many women of African descent were told unapologetically that their hair was not beautiful in any other form.” -
An online petition to #supportthepuff
I support the puff, because it is what naturally grows out our heads. The Eurocentric concept of beauty is destroying the world: Asians cutting their eyes; black women risking fibroids through relaxers to achieve this standard of beauty. Stop the madness and love what your creator gave you. #Love it!