Black women are rewriting the narrative on hair

We carry our ancestors in our hair

Few things in the world inspire as much debate as black women’s hair. Our hair has been greatly politicised and as a result, has been the subject of policing since time immemorial.

But black hair, before it was a subject of debate, was a mark of identity. In early African civilisations, hairstyles were indicative of one’s tribal affiliation, family background and even social status...

This article is free to read if you register or sign in.

If you have already registered or subscribed, please sign in to continue.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@sowetanlive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

X