Tuesday

Tips to straighten your hair

Want some tips to straighten your hair? Carolyn M. Rodgers has a poem called For Sistuhs Wearin' Straight Hair. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find it online. Yesterday I saw a sistuh with curly hair... an afro, in fact. She was beautiful. A sight for sore eyes, because my eyes were sore from all the straight hair sistuhs are wearin' these days. Every single morning as I ride the metro to work I'm reminded of the late sixties, when it was hip in Lesotho to have straight hair and a light complexion. My mom and her friends smeared a product called Ambi special all over their faces and necks, while an iron comb was in the fire, waiting to sizzle their hair straight. Every single morning, as I go to work, that oily 60s smell of burning hair hits me, hard.
Ambi Skin Discoloration Fade Cream gradually fades dark areas for even, natural skin tone. It is specially formulated to treat skin discolorations such as freckles, age and liver spots, and pigment in the skin that may result from pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives. use on affected areas as directed, it will help restore beautiful, even-toned skin.
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The blurb is politically correct. It mentions freckles and other spots, yet the product has a smiling sistuh on its box. Freckles aren't very common among sistuhs. But back to our topic. Was it to look like baas? Well, what else would it be. The issue is the same wherever one people oppresses another, and manages to blatantly or subconsciously convince the oppressed party that it is ugly. In Lesotho's case, it was a blatant declaration related to both colonial and South-African racism, and subconscious by way of adverts, barbie and the sight of all the rich, glamorous, white folks in hotels and casinos. So we set about scouring our skins and sizzling our hair. Some people have tried to console me by saying "The grass is always greener on the other side." White folks scorch their skins on the beach or by means of creams or artificial light. Maybe. Hell, it doesn't even matter much, does it? It hardly means that if a sistuh's wearin' straight hair she's a slave. The fact remains, however, that every morning I'll never be able to help staring at all of them with their straight hair, wondering how they'd look with a kinky hair-do.