So for the New Year (2016), I hope that the creamy crack, weaves (glue and tracks) and wigs will continue to be left behind for Black women. Also, departing from straightening combs, flat irons, and blow dryers will be an added move toward self-love, in terms of embracing natural hair.
Many women find a good hair look or hairstyle and stay with it for years on end. Others, like me, have an uncontrollable desire to create new looks. If there was a hairstyle, a fad, a trend, you name it, from the sixties on, my poor unfortunate hair was the victim.
People ran amok in the world thinking that because they were accepted into a publication, their work was good. There is no such problem these days. Thanks to the tireless work of commenters, we know pretty fast that our work didn't hit the mark with every person in the universe.
The perm, aka the "permanent" wave, was probably one of our biggest regrets back in the '80s and '90s. It required applying
Despite being somewhat aesthetically unappealing, we children of the '80s had it pretty good.
I have a four year-old and a one year-old and I can't imagine putting a relaxer in their hair because, like most kids their ages, they are busy-bodies. My mother relaxed my hair when I was four years old and my sister got her first relaxer when she was three. It really boggles my mind now.
The perm fiasco of sixth grade may have been earth shattering to my ego, but it did nothing to quell my desire for curly hair -- I wanted those lustrous waves more than ever.