Representation of natural hair in adverts

“when I entered the music industry with curly hair I couldn’t help but notice that I was surrounded by images of straight hair: on TV, in movies and in real life” – Leona Lewis This is true, growing up I hardly saw any advertisements that included women of colour with natural hair. Adverts often featured…

Natural hair, a constant concern in the workplace

An enslaved African had to determine how they would wear their hair to their job as they were not able to wear and embrace their natural hair and often forced to wear head rags. Some enslaved women had to style their hair to imitate their owners’ hair styles. This had led to the tradition whereby…

Natural hair: A carrier of messages

In early fifteenth century, hair functioned as a carrier of messages in most African societies. Historically Africans took pride in wearing their natural hair in neatly, cleaned and well-groomed styles thus, in African cultures hair was an important aspect in identity. However, something simple as hair, particularly natural hair alluded to marital status, age, religion…

Embracing my natural hair

Many of you may know that the pressure on women of colour to conform to traditional norms of dress and appearance have long existed in our society. Yet they still continue, especially the pressure on women of colour to wear their hair in a manner that is easy to maintain, presentable and beautiful. That is…