"Diasporic Africans in the Americas have been experimenting with ways to style their hair since their arrival in the Western Hemisphere well before the 19th century. The visibility, and pride, seen in pre-colonial Africa regarding the afro-hair texture became sparse.  Upon arrival to the Americas, slaves lacked the skills, tools and ability to meet local aesthetic standards. Overloaded with the suggestion that straight hair was more acceptable than natural, kinky/curly hair textures, slaves and freedmen began exploring solutions for straightening, or relaxing, their tresses. Among whites and African-Americans alike, those with ‘straighter’ hair textures were better embraced socially, and were offered the luxury of upward mobility. Afro-textured hair was often referred to as ‘wool’, this physical characteristic was generally seen as something bad that ‘needed to be fixed’." #history #blackhistory #knowthyself #selflove #know #teamnatural_ #teamnatural #naturalhair #nolye #luvyourmane #thenaturalcommunity #naturalhair_

"Diasporic Africans in the Americas have been experimenting with ways to style their hair since their arrival in the Western Hemisphere well before the 19th century. The visibility, and pride, seen in pre-colonial Africa regarding the afro-hair texture became sparse. Upon arrival to the Americas, slaves lacked the skills, tools and ability to meet local aesthetic standards. Overloaded with the suggestion that straight hair was more acceptable than natural, kinky/curly hair textures, slaves and freedmen began exploring solutions for straightening, or relaxing, their tresses. Among whites and African-Americans alike, those with ‘straighter’ hair textures were better embraced socially, and were offered the luxury of upward mobility. Afro-textured hair was often referred to as ‘wool’, this physical characteristic was generally seen as something bad that ‘needed to be fixed’." #history #blackhistory #knowthyself #selflove #know #teamnatural_ #teamnatural #naturalhair #nolye #luvyourmane #thenaturalcommunity #naturalhair_