While the topic of tresses continues to be discussed and debated Worldwide, with current trends bringing natural hair, afros and braids to the limelight, top black stars from fashion, entertainment and social media have been spied sharing their hair stories, including actress Amandla Stenberg, bloggers TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann, and top stylist Julia Sarr-Jamois.READ MORE: TEEN ACTRESS TELLS FASHION ‘DON’T CASH CROP MY CORNROWS’
As part of a series of videos for Teen Vogue on topics relating to black, female experiences, Ms Stenberg shares her feelings and struggles growing up with her hair, opening the short video on the topic of hair, by saying that the “one thing that all black girls have in common is hair stories”.
The young Hunger Games star, shoe rose to fashion’s attention when she released a video telling the industry Don’t Cash Crop My Cornows, went on to explain that;
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“The dolls that I had growing up had straight hair and the black girls on TV had straight hair. I internalised those subliminal messages because I didnt see myself the way that I wanted to.
At middle school I started wearing it out and I felt like it was too poofy and big, so I started chemically altering it.”
For top twin blogger and musician TK Wonder, growing up, it was other people’s opinions that struck her most;
“I had no idea that so many people had such strong opinions about my hair – I’d be walking down the street and somebody would say something that’d be derogatory, and I’d be just like ‘why are you so concerned about what I have and how I rock my hair.'”
TK’s sister, Cipriana said as a youth, she was;
“…Struggling with accepting the natural texture of my hair – I was still in that in-between stage of realising the feelings that I was dealing with and the reason why I was trying to conform my texture to looking like someone else’s…”
The interviewees in the video went on to discuss how their mindset changed with the help of role models like Lauryn Hill and their parents – Cipriana continuing;
“Our mother was a very strong figure, she was our inspiration and our role model – she had a huge afro and she always wore her hair natural.
…I’m transitioning now into really becoming in love with all of me, and that includes the texture of my hair.”
Ms Stenberg, who is regularly seen with her natural curls, said;
“…I used to be afraid of being too big and too seen, and now I’m not …I feel like my hair is a true reflection of my personality now.”
Team SPICE love the series of videos and suggest you watch Teen Vogue‘s short interview piece here below – and then tell us if you had any of the same natural hair experiences as Amandla Stenberg, Julia Sarr-Jamois or bloggers TK Wonder and Cirpriana Quann, in the comments box below.
Video & image source: Teenvogue.com, Youtube.com