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Black hairstory: Black women talk relaxed or natural

 

Antoinette Houston - Photo Credit: Clifton Henri

Antoinette Houston – Photo Credit: Clifton Henri

Below, Black women engage in the budding debate about Black women’s hair: Should their hair be natural or permed? Is hair weave acceptable? See what the sisters had to say.

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Name: Antoinette Houston, CUA

Profession: – Senior User Experience Engineering Consultant

Spoken Word, Musical Artist (NeoSoul Lyricist)

Natural or Relaxer: Relaxer

I started using relaxers at 15, given it made my hair more manageable. My hair is an extension of my personality, as well as part of how I identify to the world. It’s both a personal/public statement presented daily as a small token of what I represent: #BeingU2Ful

I have a personal relationship with my hair, where if/when I’m having a “good” hair day, I tend to find my bubbly personality is even bubblier as a result. Even in those “bad” moments, a good tuck behind the ear saves the day! My hair is a symbol of my freedom, my womanhood, my femininity and the beauty of this, is it has nothing to do with length or style; it’s all about maintaining a healthy mane in my opinion. Healthy hair is SEXY. Though some may say my previous statement is a bit ironic given the debate as to whether “relaxed” hair is healthy hair given the chemical treatment involved; I choose not to judge permed hair. I believe every woman has a right to figure out which hair path works for them. For me, at this time, I’m a happy advocate for relaxers and it, along with my amazing beautician, keeps my grade of hair growing & strong.

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1 Comment

  1. Nigg_Newton on February 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Eddy “Precise” Lamarre — Sir —

    YOU were very DISINGENUOUS with this Blog/Article. You didn’t even TOUCH THE — “ELEPHANT in the Room”…Weave!

    90% of ALL BLACK WOMEN wear weave…It’s now a $10 Billion Dollar Hair Industry!

    It has made Koreans into BILLIONAIRES…IT’s RUINING BLACK AMERICA!

    Please don’t do such POOR JOURNALISM. It’s bad for you and proves BLACKS don’t like to speak the truths/problems in our BLACK AMERICA!

    FYI —

    WHY is it so HARD FOR BLACK WOMEN to break the ADDICTION of FAKE HAIR….

    Black Women —

    YOU ALL — are showing signs of INFERIORITY and a SELF HATE COMPLEX. Also known as a — PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER!