Is it that good Indian Remy?
Or the new virgin Brazilian?
Maybe that Malaysian mix?
Could it be that mixed girl smooth curl?
Possibly that nice and natural?
Or my favorite that silky relaxed “laid to the gods”?
Hair is a huge issue in the Black community and it causes just as much controversy as the #teamlightskin vs #teamdarkskin tomfoolery. I guess “good hair” is some type of magical concoction whipped up by the hair gods and only bestowed upon lucky little black girls and boys, in the words of my best friend “everybody ain’t able”! I found myself watching this video clip of an excerpt of the Tyra Show. After watching this it struck me that “good hair” is a demeaning thing to say when it is used in reference to someone’s hair texture. It is usually given as a loaded compliment to say that someone’s hair is better than someone else’s. Everytime someone says “you have good hair” what they really mean is that your hair looks more similar to European hair and because of that it looks better than others that have a bit more kink and curl to their hair. Its really not a nice thing to say because its hurtful and is another tool used to separate the black community. As a result of this big push of good hair, weave has exploded and little girls of all ages, starting as early as preschool have extensions flowing down their backs, perms are being administered to toddlers, and natural vs. relaxed hair people are at odds. All because of people being after that magical potion of good hair. So I urge you to think twice before you tell someone that they have “good hair”. Maybe say “your hair looks nice to day” or “I like your new style”. Lets not cause more division among our community.