5 Protective Styles For Spring

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by Mary Wolff
After winter ends, spring brings on some much-needed sunshine and warmth. While there is no denying the change of weather is welcomed by most people with open arms, spring can also bring some hair care concerns for us curlies. With all that sunshine and warmth comes humidity, rainstorms, and more than a few bad hair days packed with frizz. An easy way to combat this seasonal burden is with spring-friendly protective styles! Here are my top 5 protective styles for spring so you can survive this complicated time with ease.

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Can I Wear a Head Wrap to Work?



by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

Scarves. Head wraps. Geles. Black women have long celebrated their culture and pride with intriciate wraps of fabric. Twisted this way and that, a woman's head wrap speaks volumes about her confidence, her lineage, and her ancestry.

But is wearing a head wrap in a corporate setting appropriate?

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(Photo courtesy of Curtis Young/Available on Associated Press)
Last week I shared the heartbreaking story of 7-year-old Tiana Parker. She was sent home from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because her hair was deemed inappropriate and distracting. According to the school's policy, 'hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable'. Shortly thereafter, I also shared an exclusive interview with father, Terrance Parker.

Here's a quick update and statement from the Parker family regarding the pending policy change at Deborah Brown.

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Tiana Parker
This morning I shared the heartbreaking story of 7-year-old Tiana Parker. She was sent home from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because her hair was deemed inappropriate and distracting. According to the school's policy, 'hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable'.  KOKI, reported that Tiana's father, Terrence Parker, pulled her out of classes and enrolled her in a new school stating, 'it hurt my feelings to the core'.   

Mr. Parker spoke with CurlyNikki.com reporter Marisol Correa, today to share their experience and how Tiana's adjusting to her new school.  

Girl Sent Home Because ‘Dreadlocks’ and ‘Afros’ Are Too Distracting



Sorry for all the negativity this week, y'all.  But now this is happening-

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The Emancipation of Black Hair

 
by Kelcie Owens of Spiraled 

There's an old saying that people have quoted for decades: Variety is the spice of life. Yet for so long black women have been made to feel that wearing their hair in its natural state is unacceptable. As I was growing up I do not recall ever encountering even one black woman that proudly wore their hair in its natural state. Quite honestly, I never gave any thought to natural hair at that time until one day, when I was in the seventh grade, one of my female classmates wore her hair in its natural state to school. I remember her not being particularly happy (her hair was normally pressed). I must have asked her a question pertaining to her hair because I remember her responding to me by saying "I keep asking my parents to let me get a perm, but they always say no, not until I'm older." I remember thinking how strange that was. Relaxing my hair was so much apart of my life that I couldn't fathom a girl my age never having had one. I looked forward to relaxing my hair. My mother would buy the Just For Me relaxer about a week prior to giving me a touch-up, and I would impatiently rip the box open and pull out the cassette tape they always had in the box (do they still do that?), pop it in my tape player, and sing along to their infectious jingle. And after the relaxing process (which was long because my mother always left it on for 15-20 extra minutes to ensure bone straight hair) the cherry on top would be swinging my straightened, still damp locks in the mirror, feeling beautiful now that I had hair like "white people". This went on for nearly two decades.

Never in a million years would I have imagined going natural back then, yet that's what I am today. The ball started rolling for me around 5 years ago. I noticed that, similar to African Americans in the 60's toward segregation and Jim Crow laws, black women were beginning to lose tolerance toward societal views of how black hair is supposed to look like. More and more women were cutting off their relaxed hair and wearing it in it's natural state. For over a century black women had been relaxing or otherwise altering their hair texture for acceptance, to appear professional, and so that men would find them attractive. Now I see that more and more black women, including those that choose to relax their hair, are seeing their hair for what it is--hair! It can look appealing, professional, and visually pleasing whether relaxed or natural. Black women are finally getting to make decisions on how to wear their hair based on personal preference rather than societal pressure. Yes, their are still people, blacks and non-blacks alike, that hold on to the notion that natural hair is not acceptable. Some who have chosen to go natural have even had to face negativity from family and others who are close to them for their decision. However,with the passage of time, those voices are exerting less and less power over the decisions that black women make toward their hair and are being replaced by individuals who feel that healthy black hair is beautiful, no matter whether it's straight, kinky, or somewhere in between. And that, to me, is a truly beautiful thing.

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