#10. Hot Combs

hotcombBlack Culture is made up of an extremely complex group of people, but perhaps the most complex and controversial aspect of Black Culture can be summed up in one word: hair.

Right now you’re thinking, “But isn’t the most complex and controversial aspect of Black Culture actually skin color?” And if that is what you are thinking then you are wrong. There are lots of other cultures with tan or dark skin (Mexicans, Brazilians, Indonesians), but Black People have all but cornered the market when it comes to brown or dark skinned people with coarse, kinky or “nappy” hair.

In case you are not already aware, Black People obsess over their hair eight to nine times more than any other group of people and have become extremely resentful (and jealous) of other Black People who were born with “good hair”.

Growing their hair out into a big puffy afro may have been cool back in the 60’s, 70’s or even the 80’s, but now that practice has been all but abandoned and classified as “ghetto” but popular Black Culture. Although Black People are always trying to find new ways to act, look, and sound “Blacker” than everybody else (see #1. Being Black), the one thing about Black Culture that Black People have grown to loathe is their hair.

Unfortunately, TV, Movies, Magazines and Advertisements have pounded the image of “straight hair = beautiful” into the minds of the Black Community. This means that Black Males tend to keep their hair closely cropped or completely bald while Black Females are restricted from leaving their homes without running a hot comb through their hair, or at least applying a wig or weave to hide that nappy scalp of theirs. Styling their hair into curls can be acceptable at times, as long as it’s not too curly.

Posted on September 1, 2009, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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