Black women's hair has been under public scrutiny. For the longest time, black women have been made to feel ugly, insecure and ashamed because of their natural hair, while at the same policed for their choice to wear extensions, weaves or braids.
Joining 702 host Azania Mosaka for a candid discussion on black women's hair was Botlhale Tshetlo, founder of Hairtural Studio, Musician and writer Danielle Bowler and former beauty editor and founder of The Matte Project, Mathahle Stofile.
Tshetlo says she began her healthy relationship with her hair four years ago after doing the big chop. She adds that it occurred to her then that she didn't know much about her hair. Tshetlo has since founded her own hair salon where she specialises in natural hair.
Even at the salon we don't comb hair to allow the hair to be what it is.— Botlhale Tshetlo, founder of Hairtural Studio
Stofile explains that in her twenties she began asking herself questions about herself, and that is when she became conscious about the hair she chose to wear.
She goes on to say the discussion around natural is often entrenched in shaming and urges people to be sensitive about the topic.
Bowler tells Mosaka that structures created by society and white supremacy have created pressure on black women to avoid wearing their hair naturally.
I have become increasingly nervous around brands that are co-opting this natural hair phenomenon.— Danielle Bowler, Musician and writer
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