Fast forward to today and the way we black women wear our hair not only impacts our careers, it can impact our health as well.
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in October, National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes study Women who use hair-straightening chemicals have been found to have an increased risk of uterine cancer.And this study goes like this Another NIH study done in 2019 Avoid using permanent hair dyes and chemical straighteners high risk of breast cancer— black women six times higher than white women, CNN coverage.
Chemically straightening our hair dates back to post emancipation when blacks used a mixture of lye, potatoes and eggs to straighten their hair. Annie Minerva MaloneShe was a chemist and entrepreneur who not only invented a hair straightening product that didn’t damage women’s hair, but later invented a whole line of hair care products for black hair, making her America’s first black billionaire. I left one of them.
The reason black women have straightened their hair for decades is to help them assimilate into white society and protect themselves from innate prejudices. The department is also deeply rooted in the black community, and while blacks were given the freedom and power to wear afros proudly in the 1960s, trends have returned, and conservatism in hair and styles has become straight and almost white. came back. – Appearance hair.
This will crown lawaka “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair”, was created in 2019 by Dove, National Urban League, Color Of Change, Western Center on Law & Poverty.
The CROWN Act “provides protection against discrimination based on race-based hairstyles by extending legal protection to protected styles and hair textures such as braids, locks, twists and knots in the workplace and public schools.” intended to “ensure.” website reading.
According to the CROWN Act site, “Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from work because of their hair.” Her 80% of black women feel the need to change their hair from natural to “office friendly.”
On 18 March 2022, the measures will: HR2116, passed the House by a vote of 235 to 189, with 14 Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the bill. The law was introduced by New Jersey Democrat Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman. So far, 19 of her states in the United States have passed the law, with 31 more.
The Crown Act gives black Americans the freedom to wear their hair as they please without fear of being discriminated against, and informs employers about commenting on or judging an employee’s hair.
Hopefully, in the future, beauty aesthetics will no longer play a role in determining how black people dress and wear their hair, keeping us healthier, free of harmful chemicals, and safer at work and in public. We hope we can keep you comfortable and safe (or at least safer).