Why Black Girls Can't Go In The Pool7/23/2013
by Cal Radcliff Recently I decided to get rid of my relaxer and start wearing my hair in its natu...
by Cal Radcliff
Recently I decided to get rid of my relaxer and start wearing my hair in its natural state. Now that I have been wearing it natural for about 2 months it dawned on me that for the majority of my 40 years I have always worn my hair straightened out in one way or another.
And please, please don't even mention getting in the pool. You may have noticed us, sitting on the side of the pool with our feet in the water. Thinking "Nobody better NOT splash any water on me and get my hair wet". I mean after all it would take the rest of the night to do it all over again if it gets wet.
It breaks my heart every time I take my nieces to the beach or the pool and the issue of them getting their hair wet has to be a major part of the planning. It is not like this for any other segment of the population. Only us. This "burden" is ours to bear alone. But wait! Oh yeah that's right. This is a burden that we choose to bear. When I wear my hair in it's natural state I can take a shower with no shower cap. I can walk in the rain and feel the drops on my face and head. And I can jump in the pool and I can swim, and float and splash and laugh without a thought of having to spend the hours following my time in the pool forcing my hair back into submission. Forcing it to look like someone else's hair.
The Roundtable: No, You Cannot Touch Our Hair