What's Black Hair Month?
Well, it's the recognition of the amazing contribution of people of color to the hair and beauty landscape around the world. Black Hair Month (BHM) is a great celebration for everybody. It allows for all to appreciate their hair and the correlation between healthy hair and a healthy head. Also, we're talking about better hair care education for everybody, and not forgetting the importance of the styling and technical aspect.
Back Hair Month (BHM) is also being celebrated as the alternative to the centuries old notion that Black hair is bad and has been given very negative terms and stereotypes and even some in our own community have inadvertently perpetuated some of this negativity. The world seems to have promoted a singular standard of beauty. When, however, there are many standards of beauty and it is important that those various standards are represented everywhere and always. It’s awful to think that students, in the year 2021, are being expelled from school because they refuse to cut their hair or even worse be forbidden to wear their own natural hairstyles that might consist of braids or corn rows or the like. How can anyone tell anyone else how to wear their hair and especially if you are not part of their culture. Persons of color have created an entire “Natural Hair” movement that has evolved in to its own industry. It promotes wearing your own hair pretty much how it grows out of your head, straightening is not necessary.
It’s really about learning to respect your tight coils and not being made to feel badly about the beautiful color and texture of your hair. It’s been said that Afro hair texture is the most resilient hair textures in the world. The bigger picture is to treat everyone with respect and to respect their hair. Let’s have pride in ourselves and others. It’s very difficult to believe that in America there are several states that have outlawed hair discrimination. It’s hard to believe it is necessary to do that. It’s known as “The Crown Act”. Many states across the nation have passed this law and several other states are pending. BHM allows for all to take part in the celebration via online events and more. The other side of this is education on healthy hair care.
I have to remind everyone of one of the biggest recent news stories that focused on a woman who placed glue in her hair to hold it in place. She clearly did not realize the ramifications of her actions and was in excruciating pain as her hair follicles were clogged. She had no idea where to turn and so about a month later, she turned to the Internet for help. She was able to connect with a surgeon who was able to remedy her situation and save her hair. I had a chance to interview the so called, ‘Miracle Doctor’ on “The Hair Radio Morning Show”. I’d like to say if she had been a regular listener to our broadcast, she would have avoided this calamity of epic proportions by listening to hair experts who would have told her to put the glue down. The first thing that you do or don’t do is to use products or anything in a way that is not part of the use or instructions.
Keeping the focus on education and the proper techniques in hair care is what celebrating BHM Is all about. The month of May was selected to bring attention to Black hair care because it follows our national celebration of ‘Hairstylists’ Day’ at the end of April. Where do we go from here? I think the path has been created and with this new worldwide audience taking part in BHM, it can only, pardon the pun, grow!