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Black people will never have straight hair like white people for this reason

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Owing to a prevalence of low self esteem, insecurity, misplaced priority, inferiority complex, or a combination of some or most of all these factors, most of us wish - or have wished at one point - to have straight long, flowing hair like white people.

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If you doubt this assertion, just go out on the street; you will notice that roughly 90% of our women folk do not proudly carry their natural coiled hair. Rather, what you'll see is an assortment of weave on, hair extensions and human hair replacements.

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This just shows the extent to which we are willing to go to have straight hair. And when we aren't going for the artificial alternatives such as wigs, we're busy dousing our hair with potentially harmful chemicals in the name of perming and whatnot. I'm not being religious or anything, I'm just speaking the sad truth.

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Guys are not exempt from this act either as they can occasionally be seen spotting chemically straightened hair from time to time. I hate to break it to you, but you will NEVER achieve a natural and consistent straight-haired look like the whites for the following reason:

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Our hair follicles are the culprits. They are shaped very differently from those of white folks, as you can see in the above simplified illustration (the last one labelled "curly" is African).

Simply put, there are basically three groups of hair textures: straight to wavy, which can be found among people of Asian descent; straight to curly, which can be found among Caucasians (whites) and curly to coiled, which is unique to Africans.

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As seen in the diagrams, the holes or follicles which our hair grow out of are distinctively curved with narrower openings than those of other races. This curve and opening cause our hair to become coiled as they squeeze through them in the process of growth.

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Asian and Caucasian hair textures are not as coiled as ours and are mainly straight to curly because they have relatively straight hair follicles with rounded to oval openings. This is also why their hair appear long while ours appear short due to the coils.

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In summary, you can straighten your hair all you want with hot combs and chemicals or you can hide it underneath wigs, but you can't do anything about the shape of your follicles, and that's why your hair will never be straight.

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So you might as well be proud of your gravity-defying black hair and embrace it and stop being envious of the falling straight hair of white people.

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Top Comments
collinsskkubiduu · 06/26/2020
this article really has encouraged me,has given me reason to fill superior in this life.it has really opened my eyes to understand That blacks are meant to break bounds no matter the obstacles. If you will read meaning to this(so you might as well be proud of your gravity-defying black and embrace it and stop being envious of the falling straight hair of the white people) this is inspirational.
Soothsayer · 06/25/2020
How is this article helpful?? Like really now...
Ribs · 06/26/2020
So wena ungena pi. Who said we want straight hair, that's like denying who we are... Sham there is nothing special about having straight hair that's why I rock my afro unapologetic and with pride. Zero straightner, zero braids, zero extensions and definitely zero wig.
Bbjoy · 06/27/2020
While we're infinitely proud of our fros, some days we just need a break. Our natural hair can be a stress to handle sometimes, especially those with very stubborn hair types, so please don't fault anyone for taking a faster and painless alternative. And straight weaves look so much better on Black girls

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