What Is Good Hair? Cassie, Selita Ebanks, Solange, Lisa Price Talk About it [Video]
The founder of Carol’s Daughter, Lisa Price, recently sat down with Selita Ebanks, Cassie and Solange Knowles to discuss the meaning of “good hair” and making sure you’re happy with your style for all of the right reasons.
I can relate all too well to this discussion because I’ve stayed up late, many nights, in my dorm room with other black women talking about hair.
I’m not sure how to define my hair now. It is what it is and I love it. I’ve become accustomed to it in its natural state – curly and black – but at any point in time I may change it up by throwing some braids in, whipping it up into a bun, or even blowing drying it out and putting in a quick weave if I feel like being extra. I’m never too pressed about my hair these days.
I’ve always been told I’m a Coolie. For those that are unfamiliar with the term it means you have good hair, but I personally never felt like it was a compliment because I believe all HEALTHY hair is beautiful, no matter what color, length, curl pattern, volume, or napp. When I think of black women in particular I like to appreciate every aspect of us and what we offer from head to toe. To single out one as better than the other, in terms of good hair versus bad hair, is unacceptable. All hair that is HEALTHY is beautiful. Healthy means well-groomed, taken care off, moisturized, trimmed and treated with love, because your hair is your crowning glory.
Here’s my story in few words.
Like any young black girl who saw images of straight hair on TV, I fell for it as being better than my own and I begged my mom for a relaxer for years. She loved my hair how it was but my persistence was too much for her to handle and she gave in. In middle school, I got a relaxer and my hair was much longer than I’d imagined. By junior year of high school my hair flowed way down my back. Hell, I loved it! So I’m not sure when I decided that hair was just that – hair. I detached myself from staring in the mirror at my tresses and always carrying a comb with me. It might have been when I got to college and I cut off all of my hair- and I mean ALL.
When I did this “big chop” in 2006, It wasn’t about self-expression, it wasn’t about being afrocentric and it wasn’t about making a statement or emulating someone else. It was literally a new hairstyle.
My first reason for cutting off all of my hair is because I was dancing everyday. I sweat like a pig and messing up my weekly doo-bie was getting too expensive. When I performed, I’d be in the dressing room forever, trying to figure out a style that didn’t require teasing with a fine-toothed comb. So I decided I’d stop relaxing it. Seven months later I said f-ck this, and chopped it all off. I haven’t regretted my decision since.
Now my hair is back to its previous length but I hardly wear it straight. I rock a ‘fro most days and it never fazes me that someone might not like it, because I do. Everyone in my family is now natural and every man who I decide to date loves the ‘nappturality.’
In the clip below, Solange, Cassie and Selita Ebanks talk about their past experiences with hair. The convo is clearly edited down to a short video, so we don’t get to hear the grunt of the convo and the really passionate, deep-seeded moments, but it’s interesting.
I do agree with Solange in this clip though when she says ” “It’s funny to see the social response and their interpretations with what a hair cut and what hair change means.”
Check out the video below. @SelenaBailey