Gewoon haar?!

Iets wat ik totaal over het hoofd zag. De onnatuurlijke achtergrond van ‘Natural Hair’.

She touched Ifemelu’s hair: “Why don’t you have relaxer?”
“I like my hair the way God made it.”
“But how do you comb it? Hard to comb,” Aisha said.
Ifemelu had brought her own comb. She gently combed het hair, dense, soft and tightly coiled, until it framed het head like a halo. “It’s not hard to comb if you moisturise it properly,” she said, slipping into the coaxing tone of the proselytiser that she used whenever she was trying to convince other black women about the merits of wearing their hair natural.

Uit: Americanah; 12

The Good Hair-study


Darden, T. (2019). African American Women’s Perceptions of Self-Value in the Transition to Natural Hair. Walden University; dissertation.

Davis, D., Mbilishaka, A. & Templeton, T. (2019). From About “Me” to About “We”: Therapeutic Intentions of Black American Women’s Natural Hair Blogs. The Journal of Social Media in Society, Vol. 8, No. 1, pg 105-123

McGill Johnson, A., Godsil, R.D., MacFarlane, J., Tropp, L.R., Goff, P.A. (2017). The “Good Hair” Study: Explicit and implicit attitudes toward black women’s hair. Perception Institute.

O’Brien-Richardson, (2019). Hair Harassment in Urban Schools and How It Shapes the Physical Activity of Black Adolescent Girls. The Urban Review, Vol. 51, No. 3, pg 523-534