Black History Month: The Miseducation of Natural Afrocentric Hair

October 5, 2015

Since a lot of today’s hair discussions are on natural hair and all the controversies surrounding it, here’s an amateur video on “The Miseducation of Afrocentric Hair” some may find of interest.

The video follows two African American women who enter into an intense dialogue about one’s discussion to wear her hair in it’s natural state. While harsh words were exchanged, each realized the implications of the miseducation of Afrocentric hair care.

Interesting enough, one of the highlights of the video is the mention of the “Black is Beautiful” movement. For those not familiar with that movement, it began in the 60’s by African American’s who wanted to dispel the notion in many world cultures that black people’s natural features such as skin color, facial features and hair are inherently ugly. The movement also encouraged men and women alike to discontinue the use of harsh chemicals to straighten their hair and lighten their skin complexion.

Today, a part of that movement continues through Proctor and Gamble’s (My Black Is Beautiful) and its commitment to connect with and celebrate the beauty of African American Women.