The Versatility of The Black Woman's Hair

I honestly believe that black women are not given enough credit for the creativity and versatility of their hair. If you sample 1,000 black women, I can guarantee that they will fall into the following categories:

The Naturalista

This is the brave woman who has committed to going natural. Trust me it’s not an easy road to walk on. She has ditched the relaxer (or maybe has never used it) and is embracing the natural state of her beautiful strands. I think we can all agree that black hair is very tough compared to the hair of other races so a lot more effort goes into maintenance. However, when properly looked after, it can take the form of an afro, a high puff, twist out, wash and go, bantu knots and much more.

The Braids Queen

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This is the woman who rocks braids of all shapes and sizes and of all colours of the rainbow. This particular hairstyle takes a hefty couple of bum numbing hours to sit through and accomplish depending on the hairstyle. However, the result is excellent. You’ve got the classic box braids, Havana or Senegalese twists, Marley braids, faux locs and more. As synthetic hair is used for the braiding, it comes in literally any colour which gives room for a lot of experimenting.

The Crochet Goddess

Whoever created this method of doing hair should be awarded because it is genius. Crochet basically cheats the standard braiding method by drastically reducing the amount of time doing the hair but achieving the same look. The natural hair is cornrowed and the extensions are attached to the cornrow using a crochet hook. A visual example is better suited than this explanation and there’s plenty of YouTubers that show you how to do it. It’s so easy that you can do it yourself. This has opened the door for great number of new hairstyles and has made the old hairstyles more time efficient.

The Wig Princess

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This is the woman who loves her wigs. Before when you heard the word wig, you automatically pictured those aunties wearing the birds nest wigs. However, the wig game has upgraded since those days. The versatility of wigs has expanded far beyond what was expected. You can have Brazilian, Peruvian, Cambodian, Mongolian, Malaysian and so many other kinds of weaves which are then made into wigs. There’s short, long, wavy, curly, kinky and straight styles that you can choose from. You can dye the hair  and style it to your heart’s content. All you have to do is cornrow your hair, throw the wig on in the morning and take it off like a hat after a long day. It is such a convenient hairstyle and much more efficient as the hair lasts longer.

In all honesty, most black women fall into each category because we love to experiment with different looks. We should really be appreciated because every month or couple of weeks, you get a new person! These distinct styles make us look different each time so give us some credit for not looking the same all year round (not that there’s anything wrong with that). We put effort into the way our hair looks and we wear our hair like crowns, as we should.