First, let me state, it’s your hair, growing out of your scalp – do what you want with it. But don’t go around co-opting the natural hair movement and calling your hairstyle an ‘afro’ when clearly it’s not.
Such is the case for YouTuber EskimoGirl.
EskimoGirl, a hairstylist based out of Los Angeles, recently posted a tutorial on how to achieve ‘afro’ hair. Obviously this is not for us black women out there who have been rocking Afros since the dawn of time. If you’re white and your name isn’t Bob Ross, please do not call your manipulated hair an afro.
After wrapping her hair in aluminum foil and heating it with a flat-iron (what in the world?) then unwrapping it after some time, EskimoGirl now has an ‘afro’, so she thinks.
See the problem is, ever since the natural hair movement has gained momentum over the last several years, non-black women have been co-opting the movement. Sure, if you’re white and your hair does not have chemicals, technically it’s ‘natural’. Good for you, but it’s not the same thing, especially when you’re manipulating your hair to get an afro.
And sure, there are tons of natural haired black women out there who don’t have kinks, coils and curls but guess what? They’re still black and still embrace their naturalness.
White women and their natural hair trend is something that will always garner a side-eye. Notice I didn’t say movement. When you culturally appropriate, it’s not a movement, it’s a trend. When white women get tired of trying to manipulate their hair into ‘afros’, black women will still rock theirs proudly, and even get side-eyes for doing it, especially at the workplace.
Clutchettes, what do you think about EskimoGirl’s ‘Afro’ tutorial?