What does your hair mean to you? Does it represent beauty, culture, image, or identity. Is it your crown or crowning glory?
This past week while speaking at a Domestic Violence Luncheon, a lady the table and I got into a discussion about black hair. She said she dissuaded her son from wearing braids because of the prejudice that he would receive. She said she also didn’t wear her hair natural in 2011 for fear of discrimination.
Last May I spoke to an audience in Florida at an event organized by 100 Concerned Black Women and the topic of hair came up. My co-presenter Iris Cooper had cut off her hair and a lady in the audience who self reportedly had worn wigs most of her life challenged why she did it. The next day the older lady came to a followup session dawning her own hair. She recounted how freeing it was. She somehow had felt she needed validation, permission, and acceptance to free herself. She explained how all her life she was called ugly because of her short hair. And, now there is another trend, cutting off our hair that we’ve taken so long to grow and letting go of what “long hair” means. How do you feel about cutting your hair off? It appears that we’ve still got a lot of work to do before we get to the point that we realize that we don’t all have to look the same and can see our own naturalness as beautiful. Please comment and share “your hair story.”
I’m Barbara Talley, the poet who speaks and inspires. To find out more about me check out: What Does Barbara Do? or visit my website.