If you’re not of African descent, the phrases “Good Hair” and “Bad Hair” may just seem like innocent ways to say you’re having a good hair day/bad hair day…or someone’s hairstyle is hideous/gorgeous…but if you are Black or African American, then you know how truly disturbing those little phrases can be. They can and have scarred many Black, African and even some Latino people with natrually kinky and tightly curled hair into thinking there is something wrong with them, that they need to change it, that their hair and consequently they themselves, just aren’t good enough. It’s a very big issue within the African American society specifically because it stems from slavery days when those with “good hair” and “light skin” (example: mixed race slaves) were allowed to be the house slaves while the “bad hair” and “dark skinned” ones had to work in the fields. Also mixed into that is the then later on practice of colorism by Black people themselves.
Yeah, so you know how I’m obsessed with my hair? And how I constantly change my hairstyle? Right. So last night I decided to give a go at finger coils. What’s a finger coil? Well, it’s basically when you coil your hair around your finger (or rat-tail comb) in a spiral curl which you then set to dry. Think of it as a straw set, without the straws. The only difference to me, is that straw sets can be worked on almost any hair type, while finger coils are best for naturally curly hair. Anywho, yes, I gave myself a finger coil style…and it was horrible!