I know for many women of color, it can feel like a neverending battle to love our hair. From a young age, I remember how hard it would be for my dad to get a comb through my hair, or the lack of interest I received from partners when I wore my hair natural. Sure, it’s not very feminist of me to be upset over a lack of interest from potential partners, but we’re all human. Frankly, from a young age, we’re programmed to believe that you won’t receive validation unless your hair is straight, and it’s fucked up. Yes, it’s 2019, but eurocentric beauty standards are still alive and kicking—and they were definitely ruling my hair routine for a long time.
But, I’m here to tell you, that the epitome of beauty and style isn’t eurocentric. There’s no shade here to my beautiful sisters with European features (cause I love your hair too), but this is a reminder to everyone, including myself, that beauty comes in all sizes, all colors, all hair textures, and from all pockets of the world.
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