For many African American mothers, the joy of finding out that they are pregnant can be tainted by a thought that seems to haunt many of us, “Is my baby going to have ‘good’ hair?” The sigma of hair texture is one that has followed the black community for hundreds of years and can be traced back to slavery times when many slaves were given jobs according to complexion and hair texture. Blacks have been trained to believe that looser curls are more beautiful and easier to manage than tighter coils.
Unfortunately, curl pattern is still very important. For some women, to hide a child’s texture they may decide to use chemicals at an early age or add hair extensions to make the child’s hair more manageable.
Although hair style variations can be cute and fun, is it ok to disguise our children’s hair? Are looser curl patterns actually easier to manage or are we just uneducated on how to properly take care of our African-rooted locks? As mothers, it is important to teach our children that they are beautiful and so is their hair, no matter what the texture. Helping a child embrace every part of their body can help them later in life to be comfortable with themselves and give them a level of confidence that will help them become successful adults.
What do you think? Do you think ‘good’ hair exists?
Photo showcases a child with “good hair”.