Okay Divas, Since the release of the excellent and inspiring Black Panther movie I felt motivated to do a post about the natural hair movement down to its roots! As noted by the title this will be all about the afro textured hair!
“I Rock Rough and Stuff With My Afro Puffs”
It’s no secret that because of our past oppression that most African Americans styled their hair in such a way to copy or mimic the standards of beauty that were laid out by predominantly white society. curly, kinky and afro textured hair was described as being kinky, nappy, coarse, cotton-like (don’t get me started about cotton ) or even ugly. This lead to a very negative view of our beautiful and diverse natural hair thus unconsciously altering the way we feel about our natural hair. As a result, the hot comb, relaxers, and other straightening techniques gained popularity and eventually became the norm for African American hair.
How the Civil Rights Movement Impacted Afro Hairstyles
The Civil Rights Movement helped create a new and refreshing outlook among The African American people. This ultimately resulted in a change of style with clothing and an appreciation of black beauty with an emphasis on accepting and embracing natural hair. The “Black Is Beautiful” movement was created.
The Embankment of The Afro Wigs
Hence THE RISE OF THE AFRO! The Afro became symbolic as it started to portray black pride among its people while rejecting the standards of Eurocentric beauty. Both men and women adopted the Afro hairstyle. In the mid-1960s the afro or afro puff started out in its most natural state. It was tightly coiled and packed down towards the scalp. This style was often seen by members of the Black Panther Party. As the 1960s progressed towards the 1970s Afros became bigger, fluffier and more dome-shaped. Think about how the Jackson 5 or Diana Ross wore their hair. Most women find it challenging to find quality afro-textured hair, however, we know exactly where to buy afro wig. HEHE right here!
However, the Afro started to lose popularity in the late ’70s, and early 80’s giving rise to the use of straightening tools and relaxers once again. By the 90’s Afro’s where not the norm or most popular hairstyle for African Americans. The Afro started to lose its radial edge.
Thankfully as we hit the turn of the century the “Natural Hair Movement” was born and we begin to start embracing our natural hair textures and utilizing new and innovative hairstyles on items such as afro kinky and 4c clip-ins. This time the natural hair movement has helped welcome back the Afro in all its glory. And this time I think the Afro and significance behind it is here to stay!