The Star’s Ashante Infantry talks hair

The ‘good hair’ bandwagon keeps on going! Who would have thought this would be such a big topic? (And who would have thought I’d post three articles before 9:30 am?)

Anyhow, read Ashante Infantry’s take on hair in today’s Toronto Star article Good hair starts at the roots. Here’s a clip:

I have great hair.

What’s not to love? It’s weatherproof, takes two minutes to style and is maintained by a $30, 30-minute haircut every six or so weeks.

Can’t say I’ve always appreciated it, though.

In Grade 6, I pestered my mother to get my hair chemically straightened like most other black girls my age. It wasn’t quite the Farrah Fawcett tresses I’d coveted, but for 14 years I stuck with the “creamy crack” habit that Chris Rock explores in the documentary Good Hair, which opens Friday.

You can find the entire article here.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. kwietstorm says:

    In Grade 6 I asked the same thing, mom said “no”. I figured that I could trick her into saying “yes”, so I asked if I could cut my hair thinking if it was short she would THEN say “YES!”.

    No luck.

    I had a very short natural cut in a sea of blond and brown pony tails.

    I was sad and embarrassed, because I felt that I was so far from the beauty ideals of popular cultural all around me. I had TWA in Grade 7 and kept it for awhile. I have had natural hair for most of my life, incorporating braids and twists, all because Moms kept saying that I was a natural black beauty, and I should be proud of my natural hair. I did not believe her at first, but now I’m grateful that she did not cower to the pandering of a pre-teen, friends, family etc…. I only surrendered to the creamy crack for about 2yrs of my 30 something life. Mom is an awesome model she has been rocking TWA forever!

    1. urbansista says:

      That must have been hard when you were little. Even with relaxed hair, I still didn’t fit in to the beauty ideals. My ponytail didn’t move. It was stumpy and it was either slicked down in some grease or a dried up little tuft. I just didn’t know what I was doing. My mom would make sure that we washed and greased our hair, but once I was a teenager, I was not interested in too much help. I was interested in Stiff Stuff and Dax to lay that sucker down. Ugh. I wonder what my hair would like like today if I never permed it.

  2. kwietstorm says:

    It is only in the last couple of years that I am learning that HEALTHY hair requires much investigation, work and a trail and error path to discovering what works for each individual hair type. In the past, I always thought that healthy hair was natural hair….

    1. urbansista says:

      I always thought that healthy hair was long hair. I know that’s not true. Some people’s goal is to have long hair — nothing’s wrong with that. My goal is to have healthy hair and, by virtue of it being healthy, it will grow.

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