It’s My Hair and I’ll Relax It—Or Not—If I Want To

After the pandemic closed salons, many Black women were forced to embrace their natural hair texture. Since reopening, some have returned to relaxers, inciting a tired debate on what “good” hair is. When we wear natural styles, it’s criticized as unprofessional. When we chemically straighten, we’re shamed that we don’t love ourselves. When it comes to our hair, why can’t Black women ever win?

It’s My Hair and I’ll Relax It—Or Not—If I Want To
After the pandemic closed salons, many Black women were forced to embrace their natural hair texture. Since reopening, some have returned to relaxers, inciting a tired debate on what “good” hair is. When we wear natural styles, it’s criticized as unprofessional. When we chemically straighten, we’re shamed that we don’t love ourselves. When it comes to our hair, why can’t Black women ever win?