11 Facts About African-American hair


African-American hair, refers to Afro-textured hair types, textures, and styles that are historically connected to African-American culture, often drawing inspiration from African hair culture.

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African-American hair often has a kinky hairy texture, appearing tightly coiled and packed.

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African-American hair has a complex history culture, and cultural impact, including its relationship with racism.

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Woman with long thick African-American hair demonstrated the life force, the multiplying power of profusion, prosperity.

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Once their African-American hair began to grow back, many enslaved people did not have the time or the tools to properly maintain their African-American hair, and it became tangled and matted as a result.

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An African American's African-American hair might be closely cropped on the crown but left long else where; it could be tied behind in a queue, frizzed, combed high from the forehead, plaited, curled on each side of the face, filleted, cut in the form of a circle on the crown, knotted on top of the head, or worn bushy and long below the ears.

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Men and women were often given similar clothing to wear and labor tasks to complete, so to achieve a more feminine appearance and differentiate themselves from the men, some women ironed their African-American hair to make it sleek, or they wrapped their African-American hair by brushing it and binding small sections of it with a material such as thread or cotton to prevent knotting.

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Afro-textured African-American hair worn in its natural state was still considered undesirable, and media promoted a Eurocentric beauty ideal that included straight African-American hair.

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African-American hair straighteners marketed by white companies suggest to blacks that only through changing physical features will persons of African descent be afforded class mobility within black communities and social acceptance by the dominant culture.

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The preference for facial hair among African-American men is due partly to personal taste, but because they are more prone than other ethnic groups to develop a condition known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, commonly referred to as razor bumps, many prefer not to shave.

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The ban prohibited braids and dreadlocks in favor of a bun style, which can be a challenge to achieve with afro-textured African-American hair that has not been straightened with heat or chemicals.

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