Black Hair History Details:
Adult Content Warning! Video contains heavy & traumatic topics.
Welcome to Black Hair History, as told by Kanisha Tillman of Tutus and Tennis Shoes in San Antonio, Texas.
We go from 12,000 years ago through the 2000’s to share a glimpse into the fascinating topic.
We can see examples of black hair dating back. As far as 12,000 years ago in ancient rock carvings in statues, all across Africa, we are able to see that hairstyles are more than just aesthetically pleasing. They are used to communicate multiple things about the people and the culture that are wearing them.
Black hair still has a lot of challenges and it’s not the actual hair. That’s the challenge. It’s other people’s viewpoint of our hair. For instance, schools, whenever they do crazy hair day, somebody wears a traditionally black style as a crazy style. Um, no, thank you. And a lot of times black people, especially black women are still treated as human zoos.
There’s a big thing that people don’t understand about not touching our hair. It’s basically giving people human respect. You don’t go up touching anybody else uninvited. So why do you think that it’s okay to touch black women’s hair? Black women’s hair is not for your consumption. Just take a look.
Check out the video to take this journey with us through History.
She is the owner of tutus and tennis shoes, which is a haircare education company. I specialize in teaching white adoptive parents. How to take care of their black kids’ hair.
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Just take a look! Don’t touch.~ Kanisha