Yesterday I got a chance to catch some daytime tv and came across Dr.Drew's Life Changers. I was thrilled! Why? Well, of course its because the topic of the hour was about hair in the Black community. Kim Coles (who looked great and was on point with her comments), the wonderful Felicia Leatherwood and Kurly Bella of KISFORKINKY were all guests on the show!
The first half hour highlighted some of the reasons why most Black women are uncomfortable/opposed to wearing their natural kinks and coils (from "its unmanagable" to "my momma says straight looks better"). Plus, Dr.Drew had to be schooled on some of the lingo of Black hair because we all know that to other folks when WE talk hair its like another doggone language.
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A mother-daughter duo was interviewed as well. The mom, Nakesha, is natural and was wearing a weave/wig. She had some of the classic complaints about her natural hair, but really, it was the common case of not being fully educated on how to care for it. What was really interesting, though, was how proud the mom was that her young daughter, Tiamot, was so proud and confident of her own hair. However, when Tiamot came out to talk, the subject of how her classmates pick at her and call her names made her cry. I love how Dr.Drew told her that those kids just say those mean things because they are stupid and that she is beautiful the way she is. Then comes the TV makeover. Felicia took the two in the back, did her thing and by the end of the show the mom looked great! Plus, she received some tips on how to take better care of her hair from one of the best natural hair care specialists in the industry. Felicia didn't do much to little Tiamot because she truly is a beautiful little girl, and Tiamat's real confidence came from seeing her mom at peace and loving her own hair.
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The last 30 minutes of the show featured what Black men think is good hair. The youngest of the bunch was 21 years old and really, to me, had a very mature thought. He said that your woman dictates what you like (when it comes to hair) because you like her (for who she is as a person, not based first or solely on her hair).
Eventually, it turned into a fairly heated discussion between the women panel on stage (natural, relaxed and weaved) and some of the men. But, one common thought among the men that I picked up on was that none of them really cared for weave*hmm*. That, obviously, was very upseting to the weave-wearing panelist. All in all, the bottom line is that this is a topic that isn't going anywhere because everybody has their own ideas about what makes hair "good". Final thoughts went to Kim Coles who said that its all about self-love and being honest about why you do what you do.
Share your thoughts:
Did you get to watch the show? What do you think is "good hair" or do you think there is even such a thing as "good hair"? Did you agree with any of the men or women on the show?