If you’re familiar with Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair, then you already know the obsession with having a proper wigpiece in the urban community stems deeper than any root on the human body. It’s a sociological issue that dates back to the past, is ongoing in the present and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The stigma attached with having “good,” “white,” and/or “fine” hair has become as commonplace as actually paying for the solution. If you can’t achieve it, then why not try and weave it? If you can’t extend it, then you might as well suspend it. If you can’t…well we all know the words to “Butter.”
Firsthand, I’ve seen it fried, frizzled, frosted and frozen. All for the glimmer of hope to gain an assortment of public acceptance. Some styles, yes, they enhance one’s appearance or even in some of the extreme cases, garner the attention that’s desired. (How else do you explain pink & green highlights?) However, it takes a conscious decision and strong will to chose a practical stance towards the presentation on one’s head.
But the popular phrase “nip it in the bud” comes to mind when dealing with the systematic issues of the scalp. The youth are an impressionable bunch and what Sesame Street does best is plant seeds for children to grow by into their adult lives. Showing little girl’s possessing coarse manes that it is O.K. to be comfortable within your own skin—and hair follicles.
Will this change the forthcoming generation? Probably not. The first time they get called “nappy” in elementary school, they’ll be clamoring in their parent’s ears for a perm at every calendar checkpoint. But with that seed implanted, there’s always hope to grow up to a bigger confidence.
Spotted @ The Atlantic Wire