March 1, 2013
YOU'VE HEARD of the mommy wars? Well, how about the hair wars? In this case, though, the battle lines aren't drawn between stay-at-home moms vs. career moms, but between black women who straighten their naturally curly hair and those who don't. Get folks going on this subject, and it can be shades of Spike Lee's "School Daze" all over again, which is why I find it interesting that the University of Pennsylvania will host a daylong symposium on Friday called "The Politics of Black Women's Hair.
April 24, 2011 |
Women have come a long way, baby, except for one thing: Hair. By which I mean, curly or straight? Let me take you back in time, to the Jurassic. By which I mean, 1955. I had curly hair, and not wavy curly. I'm talking majorly curly. I didn't have curls, I had coils. I didn't have naturally curly hair, I had unnaturally curly hair. I had so many curls that once they sprouted from my head, they grew sideways, defying many natural laws, starting with gravity.
October 16, 2009
THANK YOU, Jenice Armstrong, for your column that was part of the debate over Chris Rock's movie "Good Hair. " It's bad enough that so many African-Americans are "colorstruck" without Mr. Rock making a movie that will further divide our communities. The title plays on the idiotic notion forged into the brains of African-American women that there's such thing as "good hair. " When are we going to get away from the slave mentality state of mind! I relax my hair every four months because I have a short cut, and it's easy to "get up and go. " My mother wears a natural short style, and my sister wears a weave.
October 14, 2009 |
WE WOMEN do some crazy things in the name of beauty. We allow plastic surgeons to inject Botox into our wrinkles to smooth our skin. We ignore cancer warnings by frequenting tanning salons. We submit to painful and embarrassing Brazilian waxes. We get fat liposuctioned off our thighs, wear false eyelashes, and get fancy acrylic nails. We force our feet into high heels. We're beauty junkies. But this column is about hair: About how we can have a full head of beautiful hair and yet spend hundreds to have more sewn, glued, clipped or weaved in. I'm as guilty as anyone else.
October 14, 2009 |
We women do some crazy things in the name of beauty. We allow plastic surgeons to inject Botox into our wrinkles to smooth our skin. We ignore cancer warnings and frequent tanning salons. We submit to painful and embarrassing Brazilian waxes. We get fat liposuctioned off our thighs, wear false eyelashes, and get fancy acrylic nails. We force our feet into high heels. We're beauty junkies. But this column is about hair: about how we can have a full head of beautiful hair and yet spend hundreds to have more sewn, glued, clipped, or woven in. I'm as guilty as anyone else.
April 22, 2007 |
Being a curly girl means being a walking weather barometer. As the humidity-free winter explodes into spring, all I need to do is look in the mirror to see what the weather's like outside. Big, bigger, Jewfro. Oh yes, there are weapons to tame the wild beast - closets full of pomades, gels, creams, detanglers, defrizzers, and something called "Superstar" and "Fat Head" (I swear), enough so that the shelf is sagging slightly in the middle. Then, after an hour of pulling and gelling and defrizzing, it takes about three minutes of pre-thunderstorm humidity to move the bar from sleek to static shock.
March 2, 2006
RE JENICE Armstrong's column on grooming standards for business students at Hampton University: As a woman who has worn my hair natural since the late '60s, this sounds like the same fight many brothers faced in the '60s and '70s where some had to sue companies that banned afros. As a grad of Howard's school of communications (1975) who had most of my classes in the school of business, this is stupid and smacks of self-hatred. We would have never put up with that self-hating bull at Howard back in the day. We were black and proud.
June 29, 2003 |
Back when Hair was a hit on Broadway in the late 1960s and the Warren Beatty movie Shampoo was a hit in the mid-1970s, Julius Scissor was on the cutting edge, too. New-style hairstylists suddenly were hot and hip, and at Scissor's Center City salon, he had the pleasure of meeting many well-known heads. Garrulous, eccentric Scissor became one of Philadelphia's hairstyling stars. Scissor (his own nom de hair) is still snipping away. But it's not what it used to be. "The '70s was when it really heated up," he said.
May 2, 1995 |
JoAnn Moshrasky picked up several hair extensions and started attaching them to her head. She found some that matched pretty well, and, she said, once she curled and highlighted them, they would blend perfectly with her own short curly hair. "This will make my day at the show - that I bought some hair," said Moshrasky, who owns a hair salon in Allentown. "My husband will not know what to do with (my) long hair. " Moshrasky bought the hair extensions, made in China from human hair, for $49.95.
July 25, 1994 |
Lonnice Brittenum Bonner has good hair. Once, it would never have occurred to the former Oakland Tribune reporter to perceive her naturally kinky locks in a remotely positive way, let alone to write a book about the perception. Black folks had definite opinions about "good" hair, and that the Lonnices of the world didn't have it. Good hair, many of our mothers, fathers and grandparents told us, is straighter, wavier or more loosely curled than the stuff that naturally grows out of the heads of most people of African ancestry.