When I was a slightly younger woman, I worked a miserable office job for pennies. Much of my days were consumed by morning and evening commutes to and from said hellhole. The same faces and the same places sped by me each day, but few of them had as much of an effect on me as a young black woman who appeared to be in her early twenties and frequented the same bus route as me.
Well, here we are. Some thirty-odd days into 2018. Just because we've entered a new year, however, doesn't mean we've left all of our old hair-related questions in 2017. And the one question that just won't die in natural hair forums all over the internet? That almost age-old question about whether or not our various boos or baes like our natural hair and the heartbreaking follow-up question about what we should do if they don't like our kinks and coils. So what should we do in these situations?
Now here's a question that we hear way too often these days: "How do I determine my hair type?" The question has worn some of our nerves so thin that many of us just respond by assuring the askers that their hair's other properties are much more important than their hair types. And that's pretty solid advice. Still, that answer isn't necessarily productive. These women did, after all, ask a specific question, so maybe they deserve a specific answer.
Late last month, popular natural hair vlogger Whitney White, also known as Naptural85, posted a video in which she shared her frustrations about how her decision to do sponsored hair product videos had affected her relationship with her viewers. In this video, Whitney revealed why she began doing these types of sponsored videos, and she even allowed her viewers to have the final say in whether or not she would continue doing them.
Hair texture discrimination is the flower in the attic of the natural hair community. We keep it locked away whilst we feed and nourish it enough for it to thrive. When questioned about its existence, we do little more than motion towards the attic as if confining it has eliminated it. We are reluctant to admit that, though it resides in the attic, despite our efforts to uplift every kink and curl, we are somehow still afflicted by hair texture discrimination.