A few weeks ago,Kenya’s Citizen TV aired the finals of the Miss World Kenya. What stood out for me (or rather some of the voices on twitter that were watching) was that without exception, every single finalist had a weave. There were several calls for a return to the bald headed beauties of recent years. My worry was it seemed to be sending the message that its not possible to be defined as ‘beautiful’ whilst presenting one’s natural hair? Perhaps the all agreed that a quick weave would allow them focus on other matters beauty related
Moving on from my last post about ethnic identity and its relevance to today’s African, this post focuses on hair. The one physical feature, that above all else makes the black person look different from human beings of other races.
Among black men and more so women, the kind of hair, or hair do that one presents to the world can say a huge deal about who they are, and what they identify with. Dreadlocks for instance have been part of many African traditional cultures of old and in modern society are mostly aligned with Rastafarian. However it is not just the insistence of keeping the natural kinkiness of African hair, visible to the world that interests me here. Its also the decision to change or cover up their natural hair.
This morning a bee got stuck in my hair. The poor thing almost died fighting for its freedom. That little incident reminded me that the matter of hair and what to do with it is as much my issue as why of the models, mentioned previously. Just now i do not have a fixed idea what to do with my hair now that it is long enough to endanger the lives of small insects. Relaxing it with chemicals, or hot iron is definitely out. Corn rows or dreadlocks would draw a lot of hostile attention I just don’t want right now. but I digress what does your hair mean to tou and does it really matter that some kinds of hair are…well going extinct.