Your Hair is considered by many the definitive statement about who you are, who you think you are, and who you want to be. Long, thick, straight hair has for generation been considered a down payment on the American Dream. “Nappy” hair, although now accepted in its myriad forms, from the natural to twist and locks, has long been and remains a kind of bounced check on the acquisition of benefits of that same enduring cultural mythology. Like everything else about Black folk, Black people’s -and especially Black women’s- hair is knotted and gnarled issues of race, politics, history, and pride.
Marita Golden, My Black Hair, 2015 (in 27 Women Untangle and Obsession)