Ode To My Hair© (in honor of Black History Month)

Before-word: I wrote this piece in response to my friends’ varied reactions after I chopped off my dreadlocks a few years ago. Many (MANY) of my friends were aghast and sent me a range of reactions: “Why did you cut your beautiful locks?” “You hair was so beautiful !” Truth is, for the longest while I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my hair because others didn’t understand it or appreciate it and I was not woke enough to defend it. My hair is wool-like with tight coils that shrink to my scalp at even the sight of water. It makes for a beautiful afro but exposed to the elements for too long and my hair defies any comb that tries to undo its kink. As a child, when its care was under the “management” of others who didn’t appreciate its density and fullness, each experience was a painful tug-of-war to control its tresses. My hair has been processed to straightness—pressed, relaxed, texturized, flat-ironed; it’s been clipped, chopped and colored; it’s been greased, greased and greased; and it’s been braided, plaited, weaved and dreadlocked. It survived all that. Today, my hair is its natural-resilient-mystique self. It has evolved into the expression of who I am, stylishly uttering my cultural, political and social justice stance. It changes with my moods. It’s controlled by only me. I have an intimate-100-percent-LOVE-only relationship with my hair. It’s my mode of creative self- expression and fully deserving of its own ode.

It’s my style
It’s my self-expression

It’s rooted in my history
It’s the connection to my ancestry

It speaks for me
It’s the tenet of my collective story

It defines me
It’s the liberation of my identity

It changes me
It’s the expression of my ideology

It classifies me
It’s the evolving of my destiny

I am my hair
My hair is undisputedly, ME

Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 for more.

In creative solidarity, Dee

6 thoughts on “Ode To My Hair© (in honor of Black History Month)

  1. Wow and wow and wow!
    You really have expressed it so well Dee😁 I felt it when you said your hair survived it all… Isn’t it so African, ironically? Come to think of it, what Africans have survived and still do to date. Unimaginable strength which is undeniably admirable.
    And that poem at the end… That’s really beautiful. As an African, it spoke to me directly.
    Thank you❤️

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    1. I’m so happy you appreciated it Jermena (i didn’t want to impose). Yes I see a very close connection between my hair and my Africanness and I celebrate both for RESILIENCE and bounce-back-ability. Thanks for reading and engaging with this piece. Cheers, Dee

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  2. Anonymous

    Mi like it; esecially since I always say I AM my hair; in ANY shape, length, texture, style I CHOOSE to wear it!! Our hair is personal; it calls for no one else’s idea of how we should wear it.

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