I Refuse to Wear White People Hair

As a young girl growing up in Zimbabwe, if you had gone to the urban areas from the rural areas and came back with relaxed hair, that meant you had money.  Women with relaxed hair, braids, weaves, and wigs were put on a pedestal. It was a sign of having your life together. Before I would put any …



coming from a predominately white town, there is a lot of subconscious pressure I think for black and mixed girls to conform to white standards and “fit in”, and that is what I have done for 16 years of my life here: mask the other half of my heritage because it’s not as “attractive”. Now I say fuck it. Be proud of your African/Caribbean heritage, don the protective styles and embrace your culture girls! I am white AND black, and now there’s no chance of anyone forgetting that.