Afro hair is an indispensable element of black history. Every historical event had a particular hairstyle associated with it. In the early days, the hairstyles would say almost everything about a person – the identity, religion, social status, profession or background. The more intricate the patterns were, the better the status of a person. In contrast to the hairstylist trend today, hair was done by the eldest female of the family with love and care. She was responsible for passing this knowledge to younger generations.
Relaxer and heat treatments became popular in XXX when everyone started using heat treatments and chemicals to get straighter and silkier hair rather than hugging their naturally curly and coarse structure.
With the same flow, dreadlocks came into the picture. It was originated from the “roots” movement where people would tie their hair in locs and would not cut them. Soon this hairstyle was recognised by hippies who interpreted it as a symbol of ‘self-expression’ and a journey to seek the truth.
Now, it is more of a choice. To wear relaxed hair or blend it with extensions, weaves and wigs or colour it to blonde. It has all come down to trends in hair fashion. Most importantly, black people have started embracing who they are, for their hair is beautiful and their skin divine.