“Good Hair” is yet a term used by African American Men and Women when referring to the texture of one’s hair. The better hair is almost always linked to one who is biracial or very fair skinned, with loose, fluffy curls, that easily straighten and stretch beyond the shoulders. That is the envy of many brown skinned women with tighter curls and shorter lengths.
I have to give kudos to Dr. Drew who chose to open the floor on public television for the conversation we have had since the beginning of time it seems. Numerous articles, books, web posts, videos and kitchen conversations have been held about the Good Hair, Nappy Hair conflict. Before it was such a damning issue, there was a time when African Women were proud of their hair.
I saw it, a great show though one hour still wasn’t enough time to scratch the surface. However, the editors and Dr. Drew did a great job of getting through the most common dialogues among us. It is great to see this addressed and discussed openly on television and extends the invitation for us to continue the conversation.
I was also pleased to see Ayana Byrd on the show! I wish she had more time to interject. The makeover was nice, and the little girls’ experience was as real as it can be. Although she was proud of her hair and image, she was also bruised by the words and opinions of her classmates. Take a look at the clip and chime in on the still very haute discussion!
Visit Dr. Drew’s LifeChangers website to see more video clips of the show.