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Don’t touch my hair

April 19, 2018

 

MIA HESTER

Staff Reporter | msh061@latech.edu

 

HESTER

 

In 2016, Solange Knowles came out with a song titled “Don’t Touch My Hair.” Everyone is probably thinking this song is about not touching her hair, but it is about much more than that.

 

The song is about stealing black culture, so why is the song named after hair?

 

Black hairstyles have recently been shown as white inventions, like the Kardashians wearing cornrows or these so called Bo Derek braids.

 

When a black woman wears box braids, cornrows or “baby hairs,” why are they seen as ghetto? When a white woman wears the same hairstyle she is starting a trend; I thought in order to start a trend one must be the first.

 

Zendaya wore faux locks when she attended the Oscars in 2015, and Guiliana Rancic, E! Network television personality, said Zendaya looked like she smelled like weed. On the other hand, Rancic liked Kylie Jenner’s photo of her Teen Vogue cover shoot where she was wearing the same hairstyle.

 

In 2015, Teen Vogue did another photoshoot of a fair skinned black woman wearing a black woman’s hair style. Some may think this is fine because this woman was black. When you see a movie or a picture of someone, you assume their ethnicity is one thing. Their ethnicity might be completely different from what you see, but what is being represented is key when you are dealing with media.

 

If you are doing a segment on Senegalese twists, why would you get the fairest black woman or one who does not have many black features? If you are going to do a segment on a black hair style, show people who you know are black when you see them on the magazine.

 

My own mother tells me to wear only certain hairstyles to work so I can be taken seriously. I should be taken seriously because I have earned my place, just like everyone else.

 

I have asked several black people if they thought natural hair was acceptable in the workforce and they agreed it was. Then I asked a group of black men what they preferred a woman’s hair to look like, and they said natural hair was their favorite.

 

Natural hair is hair in its natural state, so why should we be judged on the hair that we were born with?

 

Mia Hester is a junior communication and fashion merchandise major from Shreveport who serves as a staff reporter for The Tech Talk. 

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