Hair is one topic that is oft debated in the mixed race community it is also very volatile and a bit offensive.
In times long past, the type of hair and skin colour were used to define slavery departments. Curly hair and other types that are prevalent among mixed race women have also been a subject of mockery.
Fast forward to the present.
Now, curls and afros are actually considered their own form of beauty. And yet, many mixed race ladies want their hair straightened. The question is, why?
Now this is a very wide, and to some extent, a dangerous debate. There might be a bit of stereotyping involved here or just our assumption of things, but we all seem to believe that mixed race ladies want to have their hair straightened. We might even have reasons to believe that thanks to the occasional or not-so-occasional whining of our mixed race friends complaining about their hair. But at the same time, we have ladies claiming to love their hair the way they are and it would even be true.
Some of the curls out there are actually the most beautiful thing we have ever seen. So we are not talking about everyone here, but a majority of mixed race hair straightening that many ladies lean towards.
Why mixed race ladies prefer to straighten their hair?
Most mixed hair women have hair according to the climate they have been born in and their ancestry. The texture of their hair is often hard, too much waves, fizz, unruliness and sometime an afro. Some use products and weaves and other styling techniques to tame their hair and live with it a perfect example would be Nathalie Emmanuel. The Game of Thrones actor has natural curls to die for and she is proud to keep it that way.
Yet some mixed race women have hair texture that makes it hard to style or handle which causes tons of problems for everyday styling. So instead of dealing with fizzy hair every day, they prefer to have it straightened once and for all.
Another reason could be the dominant cultural legacy of straight hair. For years, straight and voluminous hair have been considered a mark of beauty and style, and naturally, everyone want to adopt it. For some mixed race ladies, it is a personal matter. They feel like textured hair do no suits them and theyll look much better with their hair straightened.
Straight hair is much easier to maintain, style, and take care of. Also, most mixed race ladies have thicker hair which, when straightened, turn into a beautiful thick luscious locks that makes the best of us envy it. Oh and they can also wear hats, which is hard to do when you have an afro on your head.
So we can safely close this discussion with the answer that European standards of beauty and difficult in hair styling has made mixed race hair straightening a common thing.