I’ve been writing about hair issues for a long time. Of course, these are my own hair issues I work through, but my political choices are reflected in my hair.

This morning, I watched the video attached here that touches on the modern issues of ‘black hair’ that was explored in greater depth by Aron Ranen, and I highlighted, more than five years ago.

This doesn’t negate the power of the video above, but I couldn’t let it pass, and not link it to Ranen’s documentary. Because while history is important, the rape of women of colour via beauty standards, economic leeching and systemic decimation of our self-view continues.

Ranen’s documentary exposes the underbelly of some really ugly stuff within the black hair care industry.

We as women of colour, speak a lot about the way in which ‘the man’ keeps us down, but the kind of spending power we’re squandering in the service of other interests, capitalising on our ‘hair shame’ (whatever that is) is nothing short of depressing. Not because I am trying to police our hair, but this is not just the straighteners and the weaves, its in ‘natural’ hair care products too.

It seems disingenuous of us as a solid block of spending power to remain ignorant and support groups of people that don’t give a fuck about us as people.

Please watch. Choose carefully. Stay smart.

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