Instructional Video from the 1940s Shows the Process of Straightening Natural Black Hair
Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a video on natural hair. I’ve seen hundreds of videos on natural hair, but none like this.
I’ve been relaxer-free for seven years now. I did my fair share of research before making the decision to forego the relaxer, and I’ve watched many more videos since taking the plunge.
What was different about this one, you ask? It was produced in England in the 1940’s. Granted, the pressing comb’s use never really went away, even while some opted for more contemporary methods of hair straightening like relaxers or more natural methods of hair styling like braids and afros. It’s just interesting to note that the maintenance of Black women’s hair has been a topic of conversation intriguing enough to warrant an instructional video for so many decades.
I found it particularly interesting that this was sent to me from one of my “fair-skinned sisters” on the very week that the Natural Hair and Health Expo is taking place in Birmingham.
I’d already planned to attend, as I will be the orator for a fashion demo by Bios clothing line. But I also decided that since my daughter, my nieces, my mom, my sister, and I have been relaxer-free for years (of course, the kids haven’t had a relaxer at all), we’ll make it a girls day and absorb as much knowledge as we can while also showing our girls beautiful women who embrace the way they were created.