14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Do you know what it's like to be in your mid-20s and never know what your real hair looks like? To stare at Youtube and learn about hair patterns, styles that suit your texture and maintenance with a notepad writing a product list of things to try? To truly learn yourself from scratch? To reimagine yourself as beautiful? Do you know what it's like to know that there are rules made that deem your hair wild, unkempt, threatening--unlawful in certain spaces? This is the narrative of so many black women, who are developing a new interest in themselves through a different standard of beauty.
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||The American Experience
||Oct. 6, 2016, 9:28 p.m.