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the people on the commercials and at the mall kiosks don’t fool me for one mothaflippin second. *directed mostly at girls with curly ethnic hair* BUY OUR FLAT IRON BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST AND IT DOESN’T BURN YOUR HAIR BC OF THE SPECIAL PLATES AND SCIENCE!! EXXXTREME HEAT WITH ZERO HEAT DAMAGE!!

… yeah right you hoes is lying. you can’t sit there and straighten a part of my hair as we both watch the smoke come out and then tell me “see? no heat damage at all :)”

adding any type of heat to your curls will cause heat damage, period. walk in the salon and a wave of burnt hair smell crawls up ya nose. but no heat damage??? i know the truth

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It’s been a while since I’ve last read the Harry Potter series. I think I recall someone stating how Hermione’s appearance was vaguely described, and it got me thinking about an Asian!Hermione. Can you imagine though:
- strict asian dentist parents telling hermione to do her best in school (therefore setting a foundation for her study hard habits)
- maybe mixed parents (one Asian and one another ethnicity) which explains her curly hair coz asians tend to have straight hair
- hermione having her own non-magical culture that she celebrates, like traditional asian garments and holidays like Chinese New Year (and being one of the few to receive money on Chinese New Year through red envelopes by owl)
- bilingual and fluent
- thick Asian accent
- Asian stereotypes and memes
- hermione being used to karaoke coz her family throws/attends numerous parties and maybe being good/bad at singing
- hermione wishing for asian food/drinks at hogwarts and gaining a bunch of ‘wtf is that’ reactions from classmates
- being naturally short and at a disadvantage with everyone
- being used to being a minority
- already had been exposed to racism as a minority

rainwindandstars  asked:

I write a fantasy story with no humans, only elves (and they are not just humans with pointy ears). Curly hair is very rare and seen as beautiful - is it okay to have this apply to black elves as well, or would it be weird if most black characters have straight hair? And similarly, most elves have blond or red hair, while black hair is also kinda rare. I know there are poc people with blond or red hair in RL, but would it be bad if most of my poc characters have light hair? (1/2)

And a question to a specific character: is it okay for a black character with straight hair to have cornrows/braids/other typically black hairstyles? (I assume having a white character with those hairstyles would be bad, even if they‘re not human and there is no history of discrimination against black hairstyles)(I‘m not from the US, so the whole „discrimination against hairstyles“ sounds really strange to me, but that‘s why I‘m asking)(

Straight-Haired Elves of all Ethnicities

Curly hair is very rare and seen as beautiful - is it okay to have this apply to black elves as well, or would it be weird if most black characters have straight hair?

If curly hair is rare, why is it rare? Is it a genetic mutation? What dictates someone having naturally curly hair? And what grade of “curly” is seen as beautiful? Are we talking waves, loose curls or tighter, dense curls, or all?

I think if curly hair is meant to be a rarity, among all races, you’ll actually be othering Black people if you make them the exception. So no, I don’t think it’s “weird” that the Black elves would have straight hair too. I’m assuming it has more to do with the elf genes anyhow, since if a thing such as the genetics for curls is rare, which isn’t really the case among humans, then the straight hair is probably explained somewhere within the elven makeup as well. And if not, perhaps it should be.

Also, when it does come to those with curly hair, if it isn’t obvious, I would strongly advise against giving non-Black characters afro hair. Leave that to the Black elves, even if they have looser curls among them too.

My other question is why straight hair = default elf. why does this even have to exist, this plot line?

Would it be bad if most of my poc characters have light hair?

We’ve answered this question a lot. Check through our search options.

is it okay for a black character with straight hair to have cornrows/braids/other typically black hairstyles?

Is it okay? Short answer, sure. 

However, afro hair is unique in itself because of its ability to hold these styles that straighter hair struggles/can’t do, such as dreading. On that note, i’d personally pause on the fact that these straight-haired characters are holding styles that my own afro-textured hair allows so easily…I could look past it, since it’s not really appropriation if white/non-black elves aren’t wearing these styles and it’s left to the Black elves, but it would personally make me uncomfortable as it feels a little “off” and like erasure, because something is missing.

even if they‘re not human and there is no history of discrimination against black hairstyles. I‘m not from the US, so the whole discrimination against hairstyles sounds really strange to me, but that‘s why I‘m asking

Afro hair has a lot of cultural and historical significance and it’s not just hair. Did you know Black and other Women of Color used to be banned from showing their hair? Did you know white scientists used pseudoscience to explain how Black people’s hair was “more like wool than real hair” thus Black people were less human? 

Do you know about the discrimination that occurs when Black people wear their natural hair (called “ghetto”, seen as threatening, teased, lose their jobs, etc) vs. when namely white people do a mock-up of Black hairstyles and are called edgy, are just following a trend and get praised for it? 

If it just “sounds strange” to you, you need to do more research and learn more before writing about it, or even, frankly, before cutting out that discriminatory history and present for the sake of your story. You are coding some elves as Black, and before you stumble upon something offensive, its best you know the past & present issues so you don’t perpetuate racism or offensive elements in your story.

Also note: this does not just occur in the USA. It’s a harmful myth that only African Americans face discrimination for their hair as if other countries are exempt for their anti-blackness.

~Mod Colette

In light of my constant whinging over Hermione Granger’s hair being changed in the Harry Potter movies - here’s a couple of selfies. :D

I didn’t like my hair for a long time. Curly multi-ethnic hair is hard to deal with, even for an adult with experience, let alone a small child lost under a cloud of tangles and frizz. My life has been an endless cycle of leave-in conditioner and mousse and spray and gel and oil and fidgety updos and tight braids and hour-long flat-ironing sessions, lol. I desperately wanted long silky straight Xena hair.

But I had Hermione hair, and it was one of the big reasons I identified with her, besides my bookworm tendencies and capacity to be a big snotty know-it-all. *cough* So it was a bit crappy, seeing that get changed in the movies for such a massive franchise, and it wasn’t until college that I began to enjoy my hair the way it grew naturally.

I know it’s not such an important issue, next to plenty of others. But to awkward and un-confident little girls like me, it would have been nice, you know?