Do you feel that black men ( in general) are becoming more accepting of natural hair on black women?
There is a stereotype that most black women with natural hair tend to date white men. I don’t feel this is true, but I can understand where the stereotype comes from. If we look at the music videos, men’s magazines and other forms of media we mostly see black women depicted with long straight hair. Even in magazines or media that are supposedly marketed at black men we see this.
The fact that black women are continuously bombarded with an image that implies that only straight hair is beautiful creates a wharped perception of beauty for both black men and black women. In recent years, it seems more black women are steering away from putting chemicals on their hair. Many women are rocking locs, twists or afros. However, many women are not and that is fine.
I do not believe in judging someone for their hair choice. I think the most important thing is that black women understand that they CAN wear their hair in its natural state if they choose to and there’s nothing wrong with it. However, I’ve heard people state many times that black men either seem to dislike natural hair or pressure women to wear their hair in a certain natural style, like only wear it in locs for example. I do not believe this is true for most black men, perhaps some. Most of the time when I see black women with natural hair, I do see them with black men. But then again, I also see black women with natural hair with non-black men. The door swings both ways. You’re going to see black men who dont’ like natural hair, black men who do like/prefer natural hair and black men who really do not care.
I think the biggest thing is to start showing black women with a wide range of hairstyle, particularly in ‘black media’ Put black women with afros or kinky twists in music videos and start depicting them in a desirable light. This will open people’s eyes to the beauty of natural black hair.
Do you think black men are becoming more accepting of black women’s natural hair? Do you think society in general is becoming more accepting or no?