People Who Consider Natural Hair Unprofessional Aren’t Necessarily Malicious
She was recently with NY Mag for an interview and as always, she did not disappoint. She spoke about her take on beauty as it relates to feminism. Not derailing from her normal self, Adichie always have thought provoking views on any topic especially the ones close to her heart like femimism and natural hair. This time she spoke about hair as it relates to race;
“Hair is something we see, but we don’t understand what’s behind it, kind of like race. It’s the same way that something seems obvious, but it is really complicated and complex. For example, to see a middle-aged white woman who has highlights is not something everyone in the world necessarily understands, especially if it’s because she struggles to cover her grays. Or if you’re a black women, sometimes the way that your hair grows from your head isn’t considered “professional” by people who don’t know black hair. I don’t think it’s that people are malicious, I think it’s just some people don’t know what the hair that grows from the head of black women actually looks like.”
Speaking about her relationship with her hair;
“I don’t think we have enough time to talk about this. It’s interesting because I can say very excitedly now that I absolutely love my hair and I wouldn’t change it. But, it’s a relationship that has its ups and downs. There are times when I just don’t have the time for my hair and I let it be a matted mess. And there are times when I think of my hair as this glorious gift from God in all of its kinkiness. There are times when it’s frustrating and I go through a phase of having such a difficult time keeping the damn hair moisturized — it’s utter frustration. And there are other times when I’m having a really good day with my hair. I’m still looking for the perfect hair moisturizer.”
Your thoughts on this ladies?