Hair is a significant part of Black women's culture. Black women's hair could be a potentially 500 billion dollar industry. Black women's hair is also fraught with stigma. In a 2014 Salon article, Black Feminist scholar Brittney Cooper writes:
I have come to love these sacred cultural rituals of black womanhood. I also recognize that they are deeply political rituals, too.
Above all things, the care taken with a black girl’s hair signaled that she was loved and cared for, that she belonged to somebody. Having one’s children out in the world with unkempt, uncombed hair has always been considered a major form of parental neglect in black communities.
Those of us who have “liberated” our hair are quick to think of the continued black cultural investments in long straight hair, perms, weaves and ever-more ubiquitous lace-front wigs, as evidence of a kind of pathological investment in European standards of beauty that will always elude us.
Check out the infographic below to learn more about Black women's hair.