People can’t seem to stop talking about the black hair culture. Where did black history start from ? Can white people wear the same hair as black people? But if not, where has the free country go? What happened to equality? Leta go deeper into this and try to understand the true facts. The judgement on black history hair facts will be up to you.
Black people did not just braid their hair just for the fun of it. They actually braided their hair to be used as a map. A map on their own heads to escape plantations. This was commonly used by enslaved black women. This fact hold a lot of significance in the black American culture. The person who came up with this idea at that time was Benkos Bioho. It was a great idea because most slaves at that time had no idea how to read or write, therefore the cornrows helped very much. One must add that if a slave got caught writing a message to one another on how to escape, the punishment they had to face were to the extreme. Basically the idea behind cornrows, was a way of communication without getting caught.
By time cornrows got labelled as the ghetto hair style. This is until white people starting wearing them. Beyonce had wore them at the Grammy awards of 2018. She slayed the look and the hairstyle was was the same as the one that is labelled by ghetto on commoners. Black women still has to face the stigma of cornrows. The first women who actually wore corn-braids on T.V was actually Cicely Tyson. A Black women in the 1972.
Dreadlocks was not always a hippie look, it was not always a hairstyle that reminds you of peace and nature. It was much deeper than that. Dreadlocks is a word that comes from a movement of guerrilla warriors who vowed not to cut their hair until the former emperor of Ethiopia was released from exile after leading the resistance against the Italian invasion. By time these warriors hair became to matte and knot by time. Therefore the came dreadlocks was created because the warriors with locks in their hair were dreaded.
For those interested in removing their dreads we have a specific article on how to remove them carefully without shaving or cutting your hair. It says also on how to take care of the hair right after.
Tigon is that a headdress that got worn by Creole women of Africa who were free and slaves in Louisiana,1786. For all those who may be confused creole is a person of the European and black descent mixed. Commonly in the Caribbean. .
Black women used to wear the tigon because in the 1786 it became illegal for women to show their hair in public whereas the Tigon Law was created. A Fun fact about this historical fact is , Black women did not feel any despair, instead they obeyed the rules of the law and turned the law into a very stylish fashion. Which is still worn by black people to this very day, and whites seem to love the style too. In fact many creole women used to wear their hair in various of colorful tigons to hide their natural curls.
The women who first invented sew in weave technique was Christina Jenkins. Jenkins was African American and invented the weaving process in the 1950‘s. Even though it was an era for a lot of wigs she still managed to make it work. In fact she received the government authority in 1951 for hair weaving.
African American Hair Care
Black people use different hair products then whites people, reason being is the texture and different type of hair. The black race have thicker and tighter curls then the white race. Madame Cj Walker was the first women who invented hair products for the black race. Many of the products for black women included ingredients that were later found to damage hair, such as ox marrow. Some women also wore head wraps to cover up the patches. Patches happened due to lack of hygiene. Outdoor plumbing was not common therefore shampooing was not possible and many women suffered from lice with no affordable treating. That’s when Walker eventually came up with her own hair products. She claims that the idea of the products came to her dream.
“God answered my prayer, for one night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. Some of the remedy was grown in Africa, but I sent for it, mixed it, put it on my scalp, and in a few weeks my hair was coming in faster than it had ever fallen out. I tried it on my friends; it helped them. I made up my mind I would begin to sell it.”Madame Cj Walker
In 1905 she went to Denver to carry on her dream, which had grew and grew. walker had also became a cook for the pharmacist Edmund L. Scholtz.
There you have it, and by now you shall know that it is not just cornrows, they are not just dreadlocks and it is not just weaving, no. We understand how many of you seek for equality and that is absolutely fine. However every race and every country deserves to have his own culture and that should be HIGHLY respected. We can not be all equal in this, because none of us has fought the same fight for our countries.
There is a reason why no one sees an Indian woman wear a Spanish costume or vise versa. It is because, they are different. And it is perfectly okay to be different. That is the beauty of culture that one shares with one another. Nevertheless from here we ask you for nothing but to respect one another. Some cultural outfits or in this case hair are very sentimental.