🕰MEMORABLE MONDAYS: The “afro” of the 60s and 70s was not just a “style” of that period it was a movement.. Let’s go back in time for a moment.
Between 1964 and 1966, the Civil Rights movement was morphing into the Black Power movement, according to Byrd and Tharp of “Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America.” 🗣”Negroes and colored folk were becoming black people,” and for many, that meant accepting “a new, Black-identified visual aesthetic, an aesthetic that not only incorporated an alternative to straight hair but actually celebrated it.” In a book titled “Hair Matters: Beauty, Power, and Black Women’s Consciousness,” Ingrid Banks states: “the pressing comb and chemical relaxers became oppressive because they were tools that symbolized the shame associated with black hair in its natural state.” In 1968, Kathleen Cleaver of the Black Panther Party said this about the natural hair movement occurring in that time: “The reason for it, you might say, is a new awareness among black people that their own natural appearance, their physical appearance, is beautiful. It is pleasing to them … For so many, many years we were told only white people were beautiful. Only straight hair, light eyes, light skin was beautiful, and so black women would try everything they could to straighten their hair and lighten their skin to look as much like white women … But this has changed because black people are aware, … and white people are aware of it too because [they] now want natural wigs … They want wigs like this [points to her natural hair].” During the 70s, prominent black members of activist groups were also forced “underground,” or into hiding from law enforcement. Disguises for some of these women included wigs to cover their natural hair. The afro was becoming a target for arrests and interrogation. In the early to mid 80s, the natural hair movement was slowing down and the BPP ultimately came to an end in 1982. #blackhair #naturalhair #hair #blackgirlmagic #protectivestyles #braids #melanin #hairstyles #beauty #curlyhair #hairstylist #justiceforgeorgefloyd #healthyhair #locs #memorablemondays #naturalhairstyles #blacklivesmatter #blackfacts #boxbraids