I have nothing but mad respect for Tyra Banks and her hustle on television and her breakthrough as an African American model. But this thing with people are wondering about her natural hair is a bit much. She tends to mirror Oprah when she went there with this is my real hair on her and the Larry King talk show. I am just saying….with Chris Rock coming out with the movie about black hair in the next couple of weeks it makes me wonder if she is using that platform to boost her ratings.
Black women have had a stigma attached to their hair as far back to the days of Madam Walker. I can remember sitting in front of the stove when my hair use to be straightened with a straightening comb and hair ointment better know as hair grease; after it was washed, braided and dried. I can hear my hair sizzle from the heat of the straightening comb as it touch my hair and you can see the steam from your hair. Lord have mercy child, I use to hate to get my hair washed and straightened as a child…I was called tender headed because I would jump if the comb snagged my hair. As I got older than I went through that period when I fried my natural locks with relaxers of all kinds to achieve that straight glossy look without a straightening comb and curls without wet setting it. I have dyed my hair to the point were it is pointless because black women should not dye and relax their hair at the same time, it will break off or fall out. I have had my hair weaved to the point were my eyes were pulled back and my scalp felt like someone was literally pulling out my hair. Now I simply don’t care anymore because I am simply comfortable with the locks that God has bestowed upon my lovely big forehead. I am comfortable with braids, a weave if I feel like it and lately have been feeling my gray speckled hair which I believe is a blessing to witness. My biological mother did not live past 31 years old, therefore she never saw her gray hair. When Tyra and Oprah get to that point were they are sporting their gray roots and singing I am not my hair for real, only than will I take the black girl speech conversation from them seriously.
You have women of all nationalities sporting weaves, clippings and buns on their head to reflect their diverse hairstyles….honestly if society has not gotten use to women of color switching the hair up with weaves and such than that is their problem. What Tyra should have been discussing is telling women of color to change their weave up after about four weeks, wash their hair more often and the proper hair care maintenance to maintaining a weave. She should have discussed on her show how women can achieve the look that she has when she does wear glued or sewed in weaves at an affordable working girl rate. Celebrities of color that wear weaves such as Serena, Venus, Beyonce, Wendy Williams, Ciara, Oprah, Tyra, and NeNe wear really fashionable styles that reflect their diverse styles and personalities . My white sistas Kim, Britney, Paris and Joan Rivers are white girls who obviously wears a weave but you don’t hear about it as frequently nor do you notice it being a weave on their head. They tend to switch their weaves up a bit more often.Nevertheless they have been seen sporting some scary weaves too!
Women need to be taught how to take care of a weave properly and it should be pointed out that wearing human weave hair is expensive and out of reached for some working girls pocketbook. I say that because some working women may pay those outrageous prices but wear it to the point that it pulls their own natural hair out when they decide to have the do redone after about three months. Not all hairstylist can glue or sew in a weave either, there are a lot of women in my humble opinion walking around with scary weaves thinking that ish is cute…..you don’t get to witness too many weaves on women like the ones you see in fashion spreads or the heads of celebrities.
Being a black women all my life and raised by a strong generation of women that span back as far as slavery. I must say that I have been comfortable with my black hair because there is nothing that I can do to change it no matter how many weaves I put on my head. I must admit that some of my nubians sistas need to go back to the basicsand braid their hair like they did when they were younger to grow out the perms and dye to achieve a full head of hair. I guess at the end of the day it is all fashion and beauty. I hope Tyra don’t think she was really fooling anyone with her weave because we all knew that it was a weave but it was soooo fierce I never gave what she wore on her head any real thought….she is after all an entertainer and a model. Now I am waiting for the movie done by Chris Rock to reveal some comedic view on black hair. All hair is beautiful despite an individuals nationality, just ask a cancer patient who have lost their hair.
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When Chris Rocks daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair? the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl’s head! Director Jeff Stilsons camera followed the funnyman, and the result is Good Hair, a wonderfully insightful and entertaining, yet remarkably serious, documentary about African American hair culture.An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, Good Hair visits hair salons and styling battles, scientific laboratories, and Indian temples to explore the way black hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of black people. Celebrities such as Ice-T, Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughters question. What he discovers is that black hair is a big business that doesnt always benefit the black community and little Lolas question might well be bigger than his ability to convince her that the stuff on top of her head is nowhere near as important as what is inside.