Written by Ny Qunaa
Since the days of slavery, America has caused many Blacks to have psychological issues. One of these issues involves the state of Black women's hair. Having straight hair was deem acceptable socially and professionally after the Emancipation, so many Blacks began to straighten and process their hair. All that changed when "Black Power" emerged in the 1960s which encouraged many Blacks to wear their hair in its natural state.
Throughout the years, many people have debated on the way Black women should wear their hair. While these debates have sparked national attention, the conversation lacked the discussion of the health of black hair. Whether processed or unprocessed, Black women want their hair to look beautiful. While hair can be alluring in any state, some Black women will sacrifice the health of their hair for beauty. I used to ignore the health of my hair until a tragic accident occurred in 2009 caused me to focus on the state of my hair and make decisions that liberated me from society's standard of beauty.