Disney shows young women that curls and coils are just as beautiful as straight and wavy hair.
The first glimpses I got of actresses who rocked their natural hair were in the show "Corey in the House." In the show, actresses Madison Pettis, Jordan Puryear, and Zolee Griggs who play Sophie, Candy and Tanisha respectively all have beautiful natural hair. At one point, Zolee even had locks. Even more recently, Madison plays Allie on the show "Life With Boys" and continues to rock her curls. However, I must say that my all time favorite natural haired Disney star is Skai Jackson who plays Zuri Ross on the show "Jessie". When I first saw her on the show, I did a double take, because her hair is insanely gorgeous. Not only is it thick and healthy, but it is always beautifully styled in buns, twist outs and braids outs, and don’t even get me started on the accessories.
What I love most about her hair is it is the type of hair that I believe a lot of little black girls have — extremely textured with no real visible curl pattern. Why is that important you may ask? It’s important because no little black girl should grow up thinking that because they don’t have curls and waves and “good hair,” their hair isn’t good enough. Stories of children wrapping their heads with towels and shirts to have long flowy hair should be unheard of, and no child should ever beg for a relaxer.
Whenever I see Skai Jackson and her big hair, I hope that there is a little girl out there who is watching her and looking to her as an inspiration for their hair. I hope that any little girl who watches her knows that their hair can be beautiful and worn out and pretty without being hot combed and relaxed. Maybe I’m expecting a lot out of one head of hair, but I can only hope that as more and more child actresses rock their hair naturally, it will help to show young women out there that curls and coils are just as beautiful as straight and wavy. While it may be too late to undo the damage that good hair versus bad hair has created in our generation, maybe just maybe it isn’t too late for the generation to come.