Contrary to the false claims mainstream media is trying to sell, going bald isn’t a trend, nor is it a new phenomenon that people should try to emulate.
Many women of colour have been wearing the bald look for centuries, and some at least for a couple of years, for example, Sidra Smith has been bald for 15 years and Amber Rose for 14 years — locally, Noni Gasa, Pabi Moloi and Moozlie were bald since their entrance into the entertainment industry.
However, because of the political and societal situations that spanned over decades, women of colour have been altering themselves to fit the accepted standards of beauty, the assimilation of the western culture.
But now, women of colour are redefining themselves and returning to their roots. So, wearing natural hair and going bald is becoming a huge revolution.
The Black Panther film is also playing a prodigious role in how black women, specifically, see themselves and own their identity.
Many women who have done the big chop or returned to their natural curls have explained how liberating it is.
These women below, embody the meaning behind India Arie’s classic single, ‘I am not my hair’ and show confidence in their skin.
The songstress recently cut her hair again.
The actress did the big chop for her Nappily Ever After series role, around October last year and has been embracing the look ever since, in between bomb ass wigs of course.
The singer, actress and reality television star also recently cut her hair off for a new start.
The Black Panther actress shaved off her hair for her role, which mirrors her character in this superhero film. Although hesitant at first, Gurira did the big chop and has been rocking it since.
It was an honor to present an award at the @NAACPImageAwards last night. Even sweeter was commemorating MLK Day by witnessing the fruit of his legacy in so many talented artists and creatives who are working diligently to keep his dream alive. It was Dr. King who said “No work is insignificant. All Labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
The rising Ghanaian supermodel shaved off her hair after years of struggle with a big, frizzy afro. In 2015, she wrote a piece on Teen Vogue about how empowered she felt after the big shave.