"Changing Receptions: An Analysis of Hair Culture" by Esmerly Simé

Photography by Molly Zacher

"In summation, our society is slowly learning to embrace our birth given traits. We have initiated the movement for self-acceptance and we have come very far, but there is still a long way to go.

Learning to love our inner self through self-discovery has allowed society to admire those that bravely flaunt their traits. There is no such thing as good or bad hair. Unfortunately, since a very young age, a lot of mothers, and society have taught their kids curly tresses are hideous and that they should be tamed. This has resulted in lower self-esteems throughout all age groups. 

Nowadays, the transitioning movement opened the gates to the path of self-acceptance and health. "Going natural”, as some call growing out naturally curly hair, has fostered taking care of ourselves mentally and physically through better nutritional diets and zero chemical solutions. 

Documentaries like Good Hair have opened the eyes of many to understand the magnitude of the damage this bewildering misconception of good and bad hair has caused. Authors like Diane Simon in Hair: Public, Political, Extremely Personal tell their stories to help others relate and understand they are not alone. Meanwhile artists like Ellen Gallagher show us the importance of looking back to our ancestors and being able to be proud of our roots without any hesitation. 

The truth is good or bad hair does not exist. Every coil, curl and kink is gorgeous and we should embrace our true colors without any shame."

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