Tyra Banks let go of her weave and revealed to the world her real hair for the first time in an eternity it seems. The results were … well. She has hair and it grew out of her head. This is a big deal why again? Oh yeah. Black women. Hair traumas. The impossible beauty standard. Issues. Issues. Issues.
Tyra declared Tuesday “National Real Hair Day” and did a whole show getting people to reveal their hairy roots. Essence.com even complied a weave hair gallery history of Tyra’s tresses.
We’ve talked about black hair a bit on The Snob, mostly about my hair issues and how I wish I didn’t have them. (Recap: I have long hair. I love it. I have mixed feelings about the attention it gets. I’ve have been obsessed with it at times. I have nightmares about being bald. I have rocked a TWA before. I have had a perm in the past but it is now natural.) I don’t know if show’s like Tyra’s “Everybody Take Off Their Weave Day” show help or not. On one hand, yay for embracing whatever grows out of your head. It’s yours. On the other, do we need yet another examination of this phenomenon with all the articles and books and now a movie, Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” coming out on the subject? Is it that serious, people? I mean, I wish I could find the clips, but people were having breakdowns over their weaves. My unbewevable sisters — is it really THAT crucial? I’d like to think that not everyone is as screwed up as me, but reality keeps proving me wrong.
Are you mental about your hair?