The Power of the Fro

” Happy to be nappy, I’m black and I’m proud that I have been chosen to wear the conscious cloud.” – Donnie

This weekend was my best friends 20th birthday. We took time away from work and studying to really enjoy ourselves on her special day. Like every girl, I had my getting ready routine that involved makeup, hair and getting dressed. I decided to wear my afro out and work my kinky curls. I had many people come up to me and tell me they loved my hair and how it is which inspired me for this first blog post…

Not many people know the history of African American hair and Afros. An Afro, also shortened to “Fro,” is a hairstyle in which the hair extends outward causing it to be in a halo formation. The modern style of afros dated back to the 1960s when actress Cicely Tyson spotted a “TWA,” a Teeny Weeny Afro. Often times, the afro pick would be used to pick out the kinks and curls in afros and make it appear much bigger with added volume. African American hair and afros were also known to be “nappy.” Meaning, many people often thought that because of our hair texture and appearance that it was very dirty and not cared for. The afro gained more popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s as the growth of black pride and black power movements started to arise. African Americans sported their afros to signify their culture and black features. Afros became symbols of empowerment, pride and liberalism throughout the African American community.

IMG_2830I was never a fan of wearing afros until I got to college. For some odd reason or another they weren’t “good looking” to me. Growing up and going to predominately white schools, I had the mindset where if I didn’t have straight hair I wouldn’t fit in. I’d get perms and try other methods to get my hair to be bone straight which overtime left my hair damaged. However, I have now learned to love my kinks and curls. They are a part of my culture and a part of who I am. Although I still wear my hair in other protective styles as well, I can always count on my afro to keep me looking powerful!

Your soul sista,

Julia

A Girl & Her Hair

“Okay ladies, now lets get in formation!”- Beyoncé

Hello my fellow queens! My name is Julia Wilson and I am a Sophomore at Texas State University. My major is Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. Many people ask me what I want to do with that, however, like almost every other college student I don’t know what I want to do with my life yet.  All I know is I like to talk to people, help others, and have fun. Other things that I enjoy doing include listening to music (preferably old school 80s and 90s), shopping, hanging out with friends and family, working out, and learning more about my African American culture ! A big topic that often comes up for discussion is African American hair and its versatility, which is my inspiration for this blog.

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African American women are known for having Afros, which is in no way a new concept. For decades black women were heavily convinced that with the use of creams, and “creamy crack” also known as perms, they could cure the natural kinks and coils of their hair and make it permanently straight. But then came the 60s and the Black Power Movement which influenced black women to  feel empowered with their hair and its versatility.

With that being said, this blog is being written for my Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media class. I’ll primarily focus on the history of African American hair and its adaptability. I also can’t wait to share all of the stories and tips in between!

Your soul sista,

Julia