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First, I acknowledge that the stretching, reshaping, shingling, twisting-out, braiding-out, recoiling, and fluffing is our way of experimenting and discovering all texture possibilities especially now that there are so many curl-specific products in the market. However, I can’t help but notice the lengths (pun intended) that we are going through to make highly textured hair more palatable for mainstream audiences. I believe that the over-manipulation of our hair is the manifestation of the lingering psychological effects of colonization.
On November 23, 2021 I testified as Founder and Executive Director of Know Your Hairitage, in front of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of H.1907-The C.R.O.W.N Act MA. CROWN stands for Create a Respectful and Open World with No Racism. This legislation was spearheaded by CA Senator Holly J. Mitchell and is supported by The DOVE Coalition. To get involved please visit the following link and sign the petition.
Before we dive into the right products and tools, it’s important to first think about creating an uplifting environment and experience during a child’s developmental years. This will also help build the child’s self-esteem as it relates to their hair.
When I set out to self-publish Zara’s Wash Day, I knew the story would be impactful. I have since discovered that the fact that I developed the story during the 2020 pandemic was a significant part of the backstory of the book. During the height of the pandemic, there was and continues to be an overwhelming surge of fear, anxiety and sadness as we were faced with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus, the sudden isolation and the racial reckoning in America and around the globe.