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Rant: Me Against My Hair

By Marisa Hezekiah

Ladies, have you ever felt like your hair got in the way of your life? I know, that sounds like a really silly question, but honestly. Have you ever felt this way?

Women of color, but particularly us sisters kind of are at the bottom of the ladder for hair. Our hair is thick and coarse. It breaks really easy. Our scalps are dry, most of the time. We can try product after product (other than our monthly touch up), but it seems like no matter what, there is no avail. It’s just wasted money down the drain that could be used for something else.

Willow Smith’s anthem to hair comes on. “I whip my hurrr back n forth! I whip my hair back n forth! Whip it real hard,” you hear blasting over the radio waves and so badly, you want to join your friends on the dance floor or wherever you are. Hair is whipping in every direction, but not yours. While your friends of other races were to succeed in whipping their hair left and right, your hair maybe moved in one direction, and that direction (unless you got some kind of awesome weave or are just blessed with great hair) was up! It then is impossible to get it to sit back down again!

As a child, my best friend (who’s part Italian/part Irish) would tell me that she would do anything to have my hair because it will hold any style I try to put in there. Yes, it will hold a style, but if I want to change it, even if it’s a simple change, I have to go through a long process to change it! Also, it never just simply flows and looks effortless.

Obviously, not everything is bad about the hair of a black woman. But, there must be some sort of relief somewhere!

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