In March I attended the wedding of a friend’s daughter. (You know you are getting up there when your friends have children who are old enough to marry). I was struck by the generation gap in hairstyles. Many of the mature women who had come of age in the sixties and seventies were still wearing their hair in short naturals. Most of the women under 35 had perms or weaves. I remember so vividly the cultural and political significance that “going natural” had in those days that it was strange to realize today’s generation sees those hairstyles as a passé fashion.
The main reason I started making Afro, braided, and dreadlock wigs for dolls is to show young black girls and women that “Your hair is Celebration in the world!” So in the words of Gwendolyn Brooks, my second wig tutorial is dedicated “To Those of My Sisters Who Kept Their Naturals – Never to Look a Hot Comb in the Teeth.”
Here is a link to the full text of the poem.