Once on the slave ship, all identity was stripped by cutting off the captive's hair. The occupation as a slave determined how the hair was worn. Women and men who worked in the field had unkempt hair and would only think about "fixing" it when Sunday rolled around. Most days it was covered with a rag. Slaves that worked in the house as maids, cooks, barbers, etc had styles more like their White owners. Styles at this time were a combination of African traditions, European influence and Native American practices. This is when the brainwashing began. Kinks and coils were considered ugly and black people began to use means to change their hair texture to be more like the mainstream. Sound familiar?
A certain level of brainwashing is still going on today! The good part is that we are more empowered to release our natural curls into the atmosphere. By relishing in the kinks and capitalizing on the versatility of styles we can express our freedom and love for who we are!!
I have more to share because the story is no where near being over! I hope you are as enlightened as I was! My hair roots are intricate. My hair speaks for who I am as an individual and represents my community. My hair routines originate from my African roots. I am astounded that even though my ancestor's identities were compromised and traditions were lost, the hair roots stayed in the ground.
Stay tuned for the rest of the Story!
Peace and love,