My wife’s hair matches her personality. It has a soul all of its own. Wild. Predictably unpredictable. Natural. Spectacular. ️ As a white woman, I never understood the particular hair challenges many WOC encounter until I met my wife. (She is Afro-Latina). I used to think hair care was just about the right shampoo/conditioner. For millions of women, hair care involves a complex regimen of “wash day”, deep conditioning regularly, twists, silk pillowcases, and Denman brushes.
Now that I am supporting a Black woman’s natural hair journey, I look for products for her everywhere I go. It shocks me that it is so difficult to find shampoo and conditioner for natural hair at a place so basic as the local grocery store. Target usually has a good selection, but lack in areas of do rags, silk pillowcases and head wraps. I can’t imagine having to go to a special hair care store just to get barrettes or hair spray, can you?? The last time I went to the grocery store, I asked the manager to carry Black hair care products...he was shocked that they didn’t. He thought that all hair products are the same. THEY ARE NOT!! The more that I open my eyes to inequality between whites and Blacks, the more I am angered. The world is set at a white-default. Every day I am searching out actions that I can personally take to take the focus off me/white culture/white feelings.
@melaninhaircare and @mixedchickshair were both founded and currently owned and operated by Black women. (and they are awesome products!) @carolsdaughter and @sheamoisture were originally minority owned businesses, but now belong to L’Oreal and UniLever (respectively)
Today was #washday for my wife...here’s what the bottom of our shower looks like #blackgirlmagic #ilovemywife #twistout #naturalhair #lesbian #hairproducts #melaninhaircare #mixedchickshair #sheamoisture #carolsdaughter - 6 hours ago