05-10-2013, 08:43 PM
Join Date: Nov 2012
De-Colonize Your Hair
I attend a local community college in my state and yesterday afternoon our BSU (Black Student Union) gave a presentation in our recreational area called De-Colonize Your Hair. We watched the movie Good Hair and had a discussion afterward. I was only able to attend the last half or so of the event because it started an hour before I got out of my first class, but I really enjoyed it and found it enlightening. Luckily, I'd already seen Good Hair!
The person leading De-Colonize Your Hair asked us what stood out about the movie, which led into a discussion about things we've done to our hair and more or less the way natural hair is treated. We also discussed how hair also is something of a community thing; two of the older women in the group were talking about how a daughter would be braiding her grandmother's hair, and her mom's hair would be braided by her grandmother. Basically, like how it would bring families together and such. The girl leading it then showed us a power-point about natural hair care and the different types of curly hair (type 2, 3, etc), properties, things like that. At the end she gave us all a bottle of oil she made at home. It is 50/50 olive oil and coconut oil, and it smells soooo good!
I was super happy that the BSU did this. I'm mixed-race, mostly identifying as black, and I think it's time more people in the black community embraced their natural hair. I've felt a lot more comfortable in my own skin since I did this, and it's made me feel more free to do the things I like (such as swimming!) as well.
Anyway, I thought you guys might appreciate this, and I've been so excited to share it since I first saw the flyers around campus!
3C, almost shoulder length (when stretched). Low Porosity, Protein Sensitive.
Low Poo: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
Shampoo: Proclaim Olive Glossing Shampoo
RO: Eden Bodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Co-Wash
LI: Proclaim Olive Glossing Condish
Oils: JBCO, EVOO, Grapeseed Oil
Styling: Fantasia IC Hair Polisher
DC: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm