Natural hair is arguably more prevalent in our social imagination than it’s ever been but not everyone subscribes to the meme that kinky textures are beautiful. In some corners, ‘nappy’ hair is still considered ugly, inferior and shameful.

Such was the case on VH1′s “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” when on the reunion episode, Rasheeda told K. Michelle (above) to “do something with [her] nappy ass hair.”

Though negative behavior is a staple on the show and both ladies were trading insults, Rasheeda’s words stung a bit deeper. They carry with them the belief that straight, looser textures are better and nappy hair is to be ridiculed and made fun of.

We see nappy used as an insult time and time again. Don Imus famously called the Rutgers Womens Basketball Team “nappy-headed hoes.” Rihanna boldly responded to a fan who questioned why her hair looked so nappy with the retort “because I’m black, b*tch.” Nicki Minaj released an unfortunately titled song “Stupid Hoe” which featured the line “dem nappy headed hoes but my kitchen good.”

I look forward to a time when we can move beyond the mentality that nappy hair is innately ugly.

What are your thoughts, Clutchettes? Will “nappy” always carry a negative connotation? Do you perceive it as an insult?

45 Comments

  1. Naps4eva

    Im not sure if anyone has already said this, but the word “nappy” carries a negative connotation much like “red bone” carries a positive one to many. The rejection of “nappy hair” as evidenced in many of your posts is a symptom of colorism, stemming from a european beauty standard. Many of you reject the word nappy and prefer kinky, stating that nappy is “unkempt, tangled, etc”, but fail to recognize that even in making the differentiation, you are validating the notion that having “naps” is somehow bad.

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