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It Has Begun… Allure Magazine Provides Step-by-Step Instructions for White Girls to Achieve an Afro

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From the August 2015 issue of Allure Magazine.

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First they laugh, then they copy… #blackwomenaretastemakers

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CurlyTs
CurlyTs
5 years ago

I don’t see anything wrong with sharing how to achieve this
look. It’s a beautiful look that can be carried by most women. I’ve seen White and Asian women and men with afros, and it looks stunning.

Tristan
Tristan
5 years ago
Reply to  CurlyTs

**Missing the point**. It has absolutely nothing to do with the style of hair, and everything to with the history of persecution perpetrated and perpetuated NY white people. Now they are of course going to try and appropriate it. It’s a no for us but a chic go for them. Not having it!

Sherry Anderson
Sherry Anderson
5 years ago
Reply to  Tristan

Not all, Tristan — SOME.

Darcy
Darcy
5 years ago

Sherry, I see what you’re trying to do. I just hope when topics come up on non-black targeted forums and whites people are saying “black people” this and that you also keep saying “some” like you are doing here. I can’t tell your angle on this so I will say this: a person who cares or supports our experience wouldn’t keep tone policing people on a forum meant for them and would allow us space to vent frustrations/valid concerns even if it makes *you* feel uncomfortable.

kaydenpat
kaydenpat
5 years ago
Reply to  Darcy

Good point. So often I come across racist or clueless White people who make sweeping negative comments about Blacks. Hope Sherry and her ilk are emphasizing “not all” Black people when they come across such comments.

Lizzielui
Lizzielui
5 years ago
Reply to  CurlyTs

Except that isn’t an afro. That’s just a head full of curly ringlets.

Camille
Camille
5 years ago
Reply to  CurlyTs

Also, there are MANY white women who have hair that is in the 3b/c category. A lot of white girls literally flat iron almost every day because it’s not usually seen as beautiful to them when your curls are too tight. Anyone with curls can get “the afro look” if they brush their hair.

GKillingbeck
GKillingbeck
5 years ago
Reply to  CurlyTs

Wow you just totally missed the point. White people have made fun of our hair since they stole black folks and brought them over here. Afros are considered wild and unprofessional. Now because white people want to do it, it’s trendy.

Sherry Anderson
Sherry Anderson
5 years ago
Reply to  GKillingbeck

SOME white people.

GKillingbeck
GKillingbeck
5 years ago

So that’s what made you comment? To protect whiteness. Im going to keep my comment the way it is, so much is going on with this article and you commented to make sure white people’s feeling aren’t being hurt so you decided to step in with “some”. bye

crankyreader
crankyreader
5 years ago
Reply to  GKillingbeck

I think you are underestimating how much black women have redefined beauty, in everyday life and pop culture. White girls who want this look know it’s called an afro, and I can’t think of a single white actress or model with an afro yet; it is not yet a white style. Perhaps it’s annoying that now white girls get to have this too, but white girl hatred of their own curly hair is a form of racism and I’m glad it might be ending.

GKillingbeck
GKillingbeck
5 years ago
Reply to  crankyreader

I didn’t say it was a “white style” . What I am saying is, it’s not right to spend centuries until PRESENT to make a race of people feel like crap about their own hair to the point where they have alot of black women SO programmed that they relax their children’s hair as young as 3 to 4 years old and some women don’t even know what texture their natural hair is.… and then be like “Oh here is a way to have an afro to look trendy” At the end of the day, they get called trendy, fashionable… Read more »

Public_Programming
Public_Programming
5 years ago
Reply to  GKillingbeck

U can’t argue with the mis-educated and uninformed. They got us drinking the Kumbaya Kool Aid while they steal our sh** and march us off to slaughter- let the sheep go first.

amerie
amerie
5 years ago
Reply to  GKillingbeck

i think you have it wrong its africans that make fun of their own hair its white people that accept the afro. i beg to differ with your comment and this post in general. if someone wants to make their hair look like an afro, then so be it, its appreciation its not an insult but i tend to think african americans always have something to complain about even when its in your favour , so whatever

maralondon
maralondon
5 years ago
Reply to  amerie

Well let me tell you something, as a young girl who often wore an afro, the only people who ridiculed my hairstyle were white people and most white people do not even like the kinks in their hair never mind a big ass afro.. The magazine is promoting a trend which they hope their followers will latch onto. This is how the fashion and beauty industries make their money.

modestgoddess
modestgoddess
5 years ago
Reply to  CurlyTs

the word AFRO litteral means AFRICAN, you do not have an afro if you are not African

HisMercy
HisMercy
5 years ago

*peeks in for the comments* *readies popcorn*

TestSA
TestSA
5 years ago
Reply to  HisMercy

me too

kxlot79
kxlot79
5 years ago
Reply to  HisMercy

Popcorn’s already ready… ?

Aahkil Ahjamu Wise Strange
Aahkil Ahjamu Wise Strange
5 years ago
Reply to  HisMercy

*brewing some Earl Grey Bergamont upstairs*

Shelly
Shelly
5 years ago

Once again we have another example of “black is right when it’s on white”. That’s not even an afro. It’s just regular curly hair.

Aahkil Ahjamu Wise Strange
Aahkil Ahjamu Wise Strange
5 years ago
Reply to  Shelly

black is right when it’s on white”
I SO LOVE THIS UP HERE^^^!!!
#TRUTH
#SUPERPHINE
#AAHJAMUSIC

Aahkil Ahjamu Wise Strange
Aahkil Ahjamu Wise Strange
5 years ago
Reply to  Shelly

Yep, but THIS is SOO REAL. Some folks don’t know about this!

kimmie
kimmie
5 years ago

White women can’t have Afro if they don’t have Afro textured hair. Curling your hair and then making it wild doesn’t equate to it being an Afro. What is wrong with these people?

Steve Biko
Steve Biko
5 years ago
Reply to  kimmie

That was my first reaction too, an “Afro” indicates that your hair IS AFRICAN TEXTURED. It’s IN the name “goddamn it!”

I’m with you on this one!

Public_Programming
Public_Programming
5 years ago
Reply to  kimmie

That’s what they think an afro is anyway.

Suga Lion
Suga Lion
5 years ago

So many of us still straighten our hair, pull back our edges, etc.…we do things to our natural hair to make it more “palatable.” Go into ANY black beauty store (almost never owned by blacks..go figure). 99% of the products they sell are for US to make our hair look less black. It is slowly changing, but we have accepted their standard of beauty for SO long that it amazes me that anyone can really be pissed when they “take” ours. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery in some cases. Many black women who have embraced their natural hair… Read more »

Sherry Anderson
Sherry Anderson
5 years ago
Reply to  Suga Lion

“Now every white woman is going to their local surgeon to plump up their rumps”. (Not every white woman). “We will always be copied. Maybe we should work on capitalizing on our beauty instead of getting offended that someone wants to add some soul to their glow 😉 I agree, Suga Lion; why not be flattered? I don’t know any blacks or people of color who want to be white the same way I do not know any whites that want to be black. Hair is what it is. I have curly hair I wish was straight and I also… Read more »

ThickNigerianHair
ThickNigerianHair
5 years ago
Reply to  Suga Lion

I was thinking about this when I read this BGLH article and at first I thought the same thing you said but then I had to rethink it. I disagree with your statement about only being upset when they “take ours”. The problem is double standards. There are already testaments that Black women have been told that their natural hair will get them fired from work. Heck, the U.S. armed forces banned natural hair styles that are meant to protect and provide low maintenance. I’ve never heard that from a white woman. In fact, I’ve seen them roll into work… Read more »

mojasowa
mojasowa
5 years ago

i feel like the atmosphere you described is changing and instead of fighting articles like this maybe it’s good to step back and observe what happens.. if the problem has been white people rejecting black hair, if white people reconsider and present afros to white women ‑and black women who were also conditioned to view their hair as lesser- as something beautiful then why fight this change in the air?

crazylyn
5 years ago
Reply to  Suga Lion

you do know the real reason why we alter our hair and features right?

Also imitation is NOT flattery, it is THEFT. This is cultural smudging at its finest.

Boribrova
Boribrova
5 years ago
Reply to  Suga Lion

Jlo’s ass comes from PR. Lotta African blood on that island, it’s no wonder her assets are so pronounced.

Valencia Jackson McNeill
Valencia Jackson McNeill
5 years ago
Reply to  Suga Lion

I wouldn’t call what black women have been doing “accepting”. It’s been much more like “their way or the hwy”. At work, black men in our lives, at church, at school, etc. A thriving INDUSTRY was built on our so-called “acceptance” aka “insecurity coverups”. And TRUST, if their had been surgery trends to get RID of big lips and big butts, some of us would’ve considered it, no differently than the decision to pick up a jar of skin-lightening cream to get to THE WHITE STANDARD of beautiful brown, olive, tan skin, aka “white girls do brown skin better”. Kim… Read more »

maralondon
maralondon
5 years ago

No different to what white women and the Japanese were doing to their hair in the 80’s. Europeans must suffer the most inferiority complexes since they are the biggest imitators.

Cosita
Cosita
5 years ago

Mixed feelings. There are a lot of white people whose hair naturally looks like this. I can’t knock them if they decide to stop straightening and wear their hair as it grows out of their heads the way I did. It can’t be appropriation if they wear there hair as it is. Also this in the white people speak an afro. They usually call it Jewfro but maybe that’s not pc these days.

Melissa Howe Pomeranz
Melissa Howe Pomeranz
5 years ago
Reply to  Cosita

Jews call it a Jewfro… If they’re not Jewish, they shouldn’t use the term, but thank you for acknowledging that PLENTY of “white” (though even Ashkenazi Jews are typically at best half “white”, but that’s an entirely different topic, if relevant to why the kinky hair is a common feature) women have kinky hair naturally, and often face issues in the workplace when they don’t straighten or acquiesce to patriarchal standards of “professionalism”.

GKillingbeck
GKillingbeck
5 years ago

Every.single.time. It never freaking fails. They shame us for our hair, violate us and steal everything. Can we not have anything? Now because white people want to do it, it’s cute and trendy? This is disgusting.

SASSI N CUNTRUL
SASSI N CUNTRUL
5 years ago
Reply to  GKillingbeck

I know right!!!!! very disgusting

Honestly
Honestly
5 years ago
Reply to  GKillingbeck

Tis the culture.. First they judge it, then they Jack it. Such is life, but they will never be black it is futile.

Derone L. Rankin
Derone L. Rankin
5 years ago
Reply to  GKillingbeck

So, when black women wear long hair weaves or have their hair straightened, are they stealing style from white people?

Guest
Guest
5 years ago

You missed a very big part of her statement to get what she’s saying. Read this again: ” They shame us for our hair, violate us and steal everything.” If you can understand that first sentence, then you’ll see the answer for the difference.

hatecreatingusernames
hatecreatingusernames
5 years ago

You’re an idiot. The weaves that black women wear don’t come from white people.

ThereOnceWasAnUglyBarnacle
ThereOnceWasAnUglyBarnacle
5 years ago

Except Blacks never shamed white people because of their hair texture like white people did to black people for centuries. That is the difference. But if white people want to know the amazingness of Afros I say let them as long as they give credit where it’s due.

April
April
5 years ago

I’m starting to believe the writers here only sit around waiting for something to be outraged about. So what if a white girl wants an afro? If anyone ever asked me why I wear my hair straight I’d tell them it’s just hair and I suspect it’s the same for them. Afros look good and I’m sure black people don’t own any one hairstyle. Just calm down, everything isn’t a plot against black women.

blackgirllonghair
blackgirllonghair
5 years ago
Reply to  April

A few things… We don’t have to ‘sit and wait’ for anything. Black women being copied by women of other cultures happens all the time and has been happening for decades and will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. It’s a cultural constant at this point. Also we pointed out that it is copying (which it is) but we never said it was a ‘plot against black women’. That is for readers to debate and discuss. Trust, if we had an issue with this we would have spoken on it. As for me, personally, white women can copy anything… Read more »

cubanflowers
cubanflowers
5 years ago

i agree.. with you and i am not a black.. lady… who can’t see.. clear as glass… that for CENTURIES.. everything associated with being black..was deemed.. ugly.… or GHETTO.. .. not just by.. pink people.. but by black people.. too.. the body.. the features.. the skin color.. the hair.. EVERYTHING… and now.. look and see… when somebody of a pinkish hue.. comes.. and copies.. imitates.. etcetera… it all becomes.. cool… fashionable.. in style.. a must have.. and i am so ssssSick of people going.. well blacks get blonde hair.. and perms… fyi.. pink people go get blonde hair and perms too.…!.. . they… Read more »

SASSI N CUNTRUL
SASSI N CUNTRUL
5 years ago

That’s right blackgirllonghair I guess they missing the point or just don’t know better.… I totally Agree. Whites will AND HAS always copied our style looks and then will lie about it They have know identity nor culture..

Staci Moore
Staci Moore
5 years ago

yes, you hit the nail on the head. don’t so much have a problem with any woman copying us it’s the constant media reminders that supposedly we’re not as beautiful as everyone else.

toodamnmuch
toodamnmuch
5 years ago

…and that they do not make me change my hair for the job.

Rochelle89
Rochelle89
5 years ago

I understand the desire to clarify intent, especially when you work hard at your job. I’ve worked in journalism myself, however, as a website, unless there is a factual error, comenting on commenters is not a good idea. It makes “you” not the specific person who typed the response but the driven, talented, and intelligent people who work on this site seem defensive and petty- which we all know you are not. There will be enough people in the comments section to fight the battle for you. ?

Public_Programming
Public_Programming
5 years ago

You can’t argue with the mis-educated and uninformed- thanks for all you do..

amerie
amerie
5 years ago

youre petty

April
April
5 years ago

To simplify what I’m saying, it’s a trend much like many other trends that have come and gone. All trends originated somewhere and it’s very rare that anyone takes the time to mention said origins. Those people that do find anything black to be ugly will probably stay away. Those that find beauty in black people will probably embrace it. IMO it’s just not that serious but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t understand your point of view.

Frugivore Clarissa
Frugivore Clarissa
5 years ago
Reply to  April

But you would get denied a job due to your natural hair, could a white girl say the same? White people have this desire to be oppressed, they want to escape the reality of being an oppressor, white fragility, look it up. At the end of the day, our culture is NOT a costume. It’s a shame when you have to explain this to your own people. ‑_- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uphTBnSV-Ic

Shakespeare'sMuse
Shakespeare'sMuse
5 years ago

How many Black women have bwen denied jobs based on having natural hair? Where are the #s? Has an employer ever told you or anyone you know that the reason passing them over is natural hair? People see your skin color before they see yoyr hair. And, if you a made up, Afrocentric oor creatively spelled name, they’ve already tagged you as black from reading your job app or resume. Let’s stop being ignorant.

Jacqie Miles
Jacqie Miles
5 years ago

Just because you’ve never had that experience or never heard of it don’t call someone ignorant that makes you sound ignorant. I’m obviously much older than you and you’re probably not black so that statement seem foreign to you, but it’s part of american history believe it, one of the reason we black people start wearing the afro in the 60’s and 70’s because we wanted to stop being force by white society to simulate, and so we try to break free by going natural…but the drawback was if you tried to get a job in white companies you wouldn’t… Read more »

Anon46
Anon46
5 years ago
Reply to  Jacqie Miles

First of all, I didn’t reply to you, I replied to someone who used conjecture about blacks not getting jobs based on our hair. Yes, I am Black & I certainly don’t need a lesson in Black history from you, but thanks nonetheless. It is ignorant for us to whine and complain about every insignificant thing that white folk say or do. It’s ignorant to base your beliefs on unproven, regurgitated information that you heard & then make generalizations based on that information. We are discriminated against bc of our color, hair is just an offshoot of that. Was Sandra… Read more »

Keyanna Celina
5 years ago

I had a Black CEO ask me “So, what r u going to do with your hair?” As though it wasn’t already done. I know plenty Black women who feel pressured to straighten for the workplace and not wear styles that are Black, ie: braids, twists, Afros.. Not to mention natural Black hair being banned from the army to private schools..the little girl who cried in an interview after she was suspended for having locs, sobbing “they didn’t like my hair.” We have never been embraced but copied, and even what is trendy for white women is STILL unacceptable for… Read more »

mojasowa
mojasowa
5 years ago

it has been a problem, women in general getting dress codes working — for example — in a law office and braids appearing on the “don’ts” list. The thing that bugs me reading all these comments is that now that white people are actively acknowledging how beautiful black hair is, they get backlash just the same. It’s enough to make anyone not even bother touching on the subject. This backlash is a good thing? How?

Shakespeare'sMuse
Shakespeare'sMuse
5 years ago
Reply to  April

I agree.

Ange S Grdn
Ange S Grdn
5 years ago
Reply to  April

You have missed the point drastically. When you straighten your hair, you never shamed white people for having naturally straight hair. You didn’t shame them for their features. You didn’t even think about it.

R?h?????
R?h?????
5 years ago
Reply to  April

I agree with you. I think they sit around waiting for things to happen too. Everything they post is a debate, an argument or something wrong with a white person achieving something as simple as a STYLE! It’s only hair!

Steve Biko
Steve Biko
5 years ago
Reply to  April

Why would you imitate dog-hair? Ugh

Neena M
Neena M
5 years ago

This is exactly why I hate white people

Sherry Anderson
Sherry Anderson
5 years ago
Reply to  Neena M

ALL of us? Or just SOME of us?

Jane
Jane
5 years ago
Reply to  Neena M

Not all white people of the same!!! Please don’t hate me because of my skin color!

Heather Lynne Orr
5 years ago
Reply to  Neena M

Just all white people, huh? All of us.

Sol Child
Sol Child
5 years ago

I wonder if you guys would have had an issue with this in the 80’s when white folks had bad ass perms and fros(some natural) Google 80’s perms. It was a good time.

LBell
LBell
5 years ago

Per the traditional definition (ca. 1966), yes, that is an Afro (what was also called “a natural” back then). Only difference between now and the 1970s (which was when the Afro became less of a political statement and more of a fashion statement) was back then white folks used Toni perms to get the look. IMO it’s not cultural appropriation if the article is merely giving tips on how to get an Afro. If the article said something along the lines of “[insert young white celebrity here] is leading the way in the hottest new hair trend” then it’s starting to… Read more »

trackback

[…] So I’d say to white women, go ahead and wear an afro. The natural hair of black women is beautiful and I don’t blame anyone for trying to achieve that look. […]

Mary
Mary
5 years ago

Imitation is the best form of flattery…you can’t stop it from happening… at the end of the day, we as black women just have to love ourselves and OWN our beauty…don’t make excuses for why we can and can’t wear our hair how we want to then complain about cultural appropriation when the white women appreciate it for us…

race matters
race matters
5 years ago

Annoying and predictable. We started wearing straighter styles because, according to them, afro styles made us look unkempt and unemployable. Now we’ve embraced it and here they come. I wish whites would just get off our backs already. I don’t think their immitation is flattering. Any black woman who thinks so is very shortsighted. Blacks never benefit from appropriation. Whites always want what they don’t have and will do anything to get it, including (attempts) to weaken other cultures.Thievery at its best (or worse). No props here.

Leah
Leah
5 years ago

Next they will claim they created afros like they did with cornrows then they will start wearing curly afros are doing their hair in a way to achieve that as a trend. So tired of white people loving our culture and stealing it but don’t give a fuck about our lives and the struggle we go through .

Neo AfroFusion
Neo AfroFusion
5 years ago

This is NOT an afro.

Sophie
Sophie
5 years ago

In addition to all the cultural appropriation/downright stupidness…that’s a jewfro. That’s what I wake up with every morning.

Mia
Mia
5 years ago

But naturally straight hair doesn’t belong to them there are arabics, Hispanic, and let’s not forget the Chinese and Japenese who have naturally straight hair. And I have seen blacks people with naturally straight hair- typically African, but still. Afros belong to the black community as the word derives from the word Africa. And hair is one of the few things blacks have in their culture to ourselves. Our bodies, our facial features, the way we typical do or say things are constantly being taken. It’s annoying.

Malena
Malena
5 years ago
Reply to  Mia

As a Latina (BTW Hispanic refers to a certain cultural demographic heavily related to Spain, leaving out Brazil), most of us with naturally straight hair have some serious European ancestry. Honestly, the majority of our (my family specifically came from Mexico) native cultures were completely destroyed y the Conquiatadores and what most people think of as traditional Latino culture is actually far more European than anything else, even our language.

mojasowa
mojasowa
5 years ago
Reply to  Mia

that’s if you look at it that way. no one can take your body from you. no one can take your style from you. no one can take your hair from you. they can tell you its not pretty, but they can’t take it from you. they can copy it and call themselves pretty, but you still own it. and as long as you OWN IT, it’s yours to keep. I think it’s more important that black women own their hair than bringing white women down for appreciating or imitating it.

Dee
Dee
5 years ago

Yeah..I agree.… at least they are calling it “afro” inspired rather than coming up with a completely new name for an already existing “trend”.

kia
kia
5 years ago

i dont care honestly. i think the girl pictured is cute and so is her hair.

MaravilhaKristina
MaravilhaKristina
5 years ago

Women of color do that look because society tells them they have to and that it’s beautiful and normal (google Beautiful Hair and see how many afros you find). It’s assimilation, a survival tactic, not a fashion statement, per se. It’s a demonstration of power dynamics when people are deem unemployable for having natural hair, but straight hair is seen as kept and neat.

The Police
The Police
5 years ago

I don’t care if they copy but they just need to admit that they admire our culture and beauty instead of always being so hateful.

Rose
Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  The Police

That is exactly how I feel about this. Nothing else needs to be said. Of course we can share culture and enjoy each other’s differences! Yet, don’t turn around and be racist to blacks and bar them from advancement and even kill them in certain instances.

Jcole132
Jcole132
5 years ago
Reply to  The Police

And that they’re JEALOUS, don’t forget that 🙂 Everyone knows we’re the best out here

Anonymous11243 .
Anonymous11243 .
5 years ago
Reply to  The Police

Right! I’ve never seen someone make fun of afros, but if I did it would piss me off. How could you make fun of someone’s natural hair? Sometimes I’m saddened by how hateful some people of my race (white) are. Although I’m pretty sure most people who follow this tutorial love natural afros as well, or else why would they want to imitate it?

Yurilyte
Yurilyte
5 years ago

Tired of white women in general. They’ll likely treat it as a fad anyway. You really think they’ll give up the beach waves and pin straight hair that their men prefer? Nah.

Melissa Tibbs
Melissa Tibbs
5 years ago
Reply to  Yurilyte

I’m gonna take a wild guess and say that the white girls that do this, aren’t doing it to get a white man. Just saying

Rose
Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Melissa Tibbs

Bingo!

sanjidude
sanjidude
5 years ago
Reply to  Melissa Tibbs

Oh yes they will. White men I meet love a big afro…especially on a tanned sista!

Shayla
Shayla
5 years ago

They talk about us but at the same time want to be us #blackgirlsrock #whitegirlsknowit. Let them try to rock an AFRO (?) it’ll be something for them that last for maybe twenty seconds #unbothered #wedoitbetter

Lele215
Lele215
5 years ago

This is what happens when we treat natural hair like a trend or just another hairstyle. Other people will see the way we style our hair as the hot thing, copy it and drop it for the next fad. People in the mainstream don’t understand that it is not a style, this is our hair because a lot of black people don’t understand that Afro is not just another hairstyle.

Dusty
Dusty
5 years ago
Reply to  Lele215

Black ladies have dyed their hair blond and straightened their hair too. You think they should be told not to do that anymore after all that’s not their real hair color or naturally straight. Also, there are lots of Jews with kinky hair and wore a natural back in the day right along with the rest of us African Americans.

As my mother once said…there is nothing new under the sun. And Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

Lele215
Lele215
5 years ago
Reply to  Dusty

What???? Just stop.

trackback

[…] meant for them,” reads the reaction of editors at Clutch.com, who along with the folks at BlackGirlLongHair.com were among the first to spot the editorial. “Black women didn’t start wearing Afros to be […]

Sophie
Sophie
5 years ago

I do think the timing is kind of off with Ms. Dolezal’s story so fresh in our minds, and I also think they should have thrown something in about the fact that many black people have this hair naturally and they think it’s cool to kind of bring it together, but in some ways it’s kind of flattering. For a long time I felt like in the eyes of the general populace my beauty was beauty of my face minus weirdness of my hair. Lately I’ve seen TWAs, big afros, braids, locs, that without explanation are stunning, and I’ve been… Read more »

Keyanna Celina
5 years ago

Smh. My husband is also white and loves my natural fro. That doesn’t mean all whites embrace us. we’re still being hunted in the streets and abroad. I get stared and laughed at for my big fro ALL THE TIME. And we didn’t just just start self-hating, we were treated as beasts and sold like objects, with our Skin/hair used as the justification. Who would embrace their Blackness if it justifies your babies being killed and sold, being raped and used as breeders, being considered less than human. For u to shame Black women for speaking truth to power is… Read more »

maralondon
maralondon
5 years ago

They haven’t just figured it out, they’ve been figuring it out for centuries, from the minute they set eyes on us and saw how we operated in our communities. You’ve heard of the French braid right? called so because our grandmothers would braid Europeans hair in this fashion and not because they invented it. It is interesting and frustrating at the same time because let’s face it they want the credit for everything, to go back in to history and see how much of our culture they have adopted in to theirs.

Melissa Howe Pomeranz
Melissa Howe Pomeranz
5 years ago
Reply to  maralondon

Braids in Europe existed well before colonialism. Did they originate in Africa? Well, everything else did, including white people, so… Probably. But there’s literally over a thousand years of known history on European braids.

Leticia
Leticia
5 years ago

?false they originated from africa

maralondon
maralondon
5 years ago

I use to buy Vogue(British) religiously during the late 80’s and 90’s. I have since stopped buying them because I realised their material is directed at a specific audience and it isn’t anyone who looks remotely like me.

Camille
Camille
5 years ago
Reply to  maralondon

Vogue was the first magazine I ever read and felt like they went out of their way to exclude me. I used to buy a lot of magazines, but I literally only ever bought like 3 Vogues.

modestgoddess
modestgoddess
5 years ago

why are you even on this site, this is a site for black women

modestgoddess
modestgoddess
5 years ago

so many uncle toms in these comments

modestgoddess
modestgoddess
5 years ago

MOST WHITE PEOPLE

Nelly
Nelly
5 years ago

It most certainly does. And does it really matter if some black women “shun” their natural Afro? That doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s what grows from their head, or that it is part of them culturally. Afro hair is generally unique to black people. While straight hair or loose and wavy curls are “unique” to the rest of the world. Furthermore, why do they run from their natural hair? Because society has told them their natural Afro hair is ugly, unkempt, dirty, and unattractive.

Diane
Diane
5 years ago

Thank you for saying that.

Bree
Bree
5 years ago

Dyeing your hair blonde does not mean that you’re trying to mimic white hairstyles? There are black people in this world who have naturally blonde hair?? And we originally started straightening our hair in the past in order to assimilate into a culture unwilling to accept us??? But these white girls are forcing their hair into afros because it’s “trendy” and “exotic”????

As many times as I’ve seen people bring up points like this in conversations about black women’s hair, I still can’t believe there isn’t enough foresight to take note of how culture has shaped our hair.

Jay Burns
Jay Burns
5 years ago

That would be assimilation

Amber of A Mused Blog
5 years ago
Reply to  Jay Burns

BOOM. Best response ever.

roo08
roo08
5 years ago

Yep this type of nonsense will never end. They’ll give a fake apology and turn around and do the same thing down the line. I personally just ignore at this point because I’ve had my limits. I understand if others want to speak out against it though.

FreeTea
FreeTea
5 years ago

No, it’s not just a hair style. No matter how hard people like you try, you cannot erase the historic context and cultural significance of Black hair. Please do us all a favor and go take a sociology course.

GKillingbeck
GKillingbeck
5 years ago

The fact that you can’t even distinguish between cultural assimilation and cultural appropriation is why I can’t even take you seriously. Black women were told their hair isn’t beautiful, worthy of being in a professional environment or anywhere else. This is STILL going on. The fact that you are so blind to this shows me, you have no business commenting on black women’s hair. BYE.

GKillingbeck
GKillingbeck
5 years ago

Making fun of your own hair and being ashamed of it is different. Making fun of your own hair and being oppressed enough to believe your hair isn’t beautiful is different. Have a good day.

rainbow
rainbow
5 years ago

I see nothing wrong with it.

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
5 years ago
Reply to  rainbow

Correct me if I’m wrong. The truth of the Afros I grew up with were no ringlets. Yes we would braid our hair, but we would fork every curl wave or ringlet out. It was more cotton like. Even my family that had 3c hair would fork it out spray and try and make it more cotton like. Today I see more of a new Fro that has evolve from the Afro I know. They twist and make more of a wave type fro. So I think that this new fro is fair game. What do you guys think? Now when they… Read more »

rainbow
rainbow
5 years ago
Reply to  Deedeemaha

Black women are into moisturizing their hair more than the cotton days.

Sherry Anderson
Sherry Anderson
5 years ago

Oh, no, GKillingbeck. You said, “White people have made fun of our hair since they stole black folks and brought them over here”. All I meant was that your statement implies ALL white people. What I meant was only SOME white people feel that. I have never felt that way. I am a huge advocate for the BLM today and I march beside you and fight for POC and have all of my life. I am here because I am on YOUR side. I am very sorry you felt I was being disrespectful because that was never my intention.

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Llj
Llj
5 years ago

LOL I ‘d say that it’s alienation : they think that’s a choice, fashion, etc.. but all they want is look like white people deep down. It’s the same everywhere (Africa, Korea,etc..)

87
87
5 years ago

omg no.

it took me my whole life until I turned 26 to appreciate mine because of all the anxiety about my hair that white society gifted me.
You don’t get to make it a trend when I’m still worried that my hair speaks louder than my accomplishments at my job interviews.

Kpie
Kpie
5 years ago

Lol. Seriously. And what about the long weaves made from oriental hair, then dyed red and blonde. You dont hear us complaining you stole our look. You know why? Because no one cares.

Lucky502
Lucky502
5 years ago

NEWSFLASH! Now they’ve hijacked the 2‑strand twists and call it “The rope trick”. It doesn’t stop with these people!

Jasmine
Jasmine
5 years ago

they should’ve called it tight/corkscrew curls because thats not even really an afro just curls.…

clever_moniker
5 years ago

So boring. Such a need to tap into the supposed counterculture and be cool. Such a double standard regarding what is acceptable for hair. So many times we’re scrubbed out of the backstory and criticized for wanting to be included. This is boring.

Lee
Lee
5 years ago

That’s not an Afro. History: An Afro is a ‘well-defined coiffed natural hair style’, i.e. Angela Davis, Shaft, Florida frm Good Times tv show, etc. The Afro became prominent in the late 60s along with the Nation of Islam, Black Pride, Black Power, and the Black Panthers. What the Allure article is trying to perpetrate is a ‘twist ‑out’ natural hair style; which on the model looks a hot mess! And a rag set! Please! They had to reach back to the 1800s for this stupidity! ..unless, of course, that was their aim and subterfuge: to subliminally infer and project our… Read more »

KosmoKhaos
KosmoKhaos
5 years ago

Ok, the REAL problem with this article is NOT that a white person is doing something to their straight hair to “look different because they like it”. The problem is that they called it an Afro. We ALL know where the term “Afro” comes from. If your hair can’t make an afro naturally then it’s NOT an afro. It’s just not. But for those of you that think it’s a term only used for a hairstyle, here’s a very summed up history: it’s short for things/people/places relating to or from Africa. Hence why some people say “Afro-American” or “Afro-Latina” etc. This would… Read more »

JLTR
JLTR
5 years ago

People should be able to do whatever they want with their hair and bodies (for the most part). I would honestly have no problem with this, if it weren’t for the fact that they’re, once again, taking a feature we’ve always been persecuted or alternatively dismissed for having, and reinventing it for themselves to make it fashionable. They also have a tendency to claim that since some White people are capable of having very curly hair (or bigger lips, rounder bottoms, etc.) naturally, it’s not imitation of Black/another ethnicity’s features. While at the same time, they don’t afford others the… Read more »

Malena
Malena
5 years ago
Reply to  JLTR

To be fair, for certain situations, it literally IS about looking white. In South Korea, for example, when describing to a plastic surgeon what they want done to their eyes, it’s not uncommon to head “westernization” with complete disregard for the fact that there are certain Native American tribes with similar eyes to those found in Asia, and many Asian Americans.

A.A.
A.A.
5 years ago

I think that’s dope. The best form of flattery is imitation. #TheNewStandardOfBeauty

Jameelah
Jameelah
5 years ago

Isn’t it the same thing when black girls straighten or perm their hair?

Nelly
Nelly
5 years ago
Reply to  Jameelah

Well who are they appropriating straight hair from? Unlike the Afro, straight hair is a quality of basically every other race. There are Asians, whites, native Americans, etc and they all have straight hair. Aside from that, straight hair has literally 0 cultural significance to their culture as a whole.

Treacle234
Treacle234
5 years ago
Reply to  Nelly

the afro has cultural significance? so many black women run from their afro-textured hair.

Shanta Wiley
Shanta Wiley
5 years ago
Reply to  Jameelah

No. Assimilation after years of oppression and discrimination is totally different from appropriation. think about it.

R?h?????
R?h?????
5 years ago

I think the photo they chose looks nice.….….….….. I dont see the issue.

biglifefreelife
biglifefreelife
5 years ago

Was alive in the 70s. (head tilt) It is cultural appropriation if the term “afro” is used. It is cultural appropriation if no mention of the origin or the impetus to even want an afro is mentioned. It did not headline or subhead with “Want hair like the black girls?!” It and the writer didn’t have the good or decent sense to include women of different ethnicities as its focus, because some of us can’t do an afro naturally. I’m not ourtraged, I’m not even offended. I’m just continuing with what I know…pursed lips and rolling eyes and dismissive hand… Read more »

Fatimat
Fatimat
5 years ago

I don’t think any person can sit here and deny that black women don’t own the Afro. That’s exactly why that gigantic asterisk is next to the word Afro. Since we are all reading the article with additional assumptions, it’s also safe to assume that the straight haired girl that try’s this style will either love and appreciate the hassle or hate the hassle or even the look then continue to wear it straight or wavy. I think it’s great to express yourself thoroughly especially with Internet gangs ready to slay, but it’s also great to take a step back and… Read more »

Candace MrsGarcia Lowery
Candace MrsGarcia Lowery
5 years ago

Ugh so what if a white girl want a fro, black women wear blonde weave so wtf is the difference

Treacle234
Treacle234
5 years ago

Amen, I know. The Dr. Rachel from the Doctors wears blonde weave, Nene weaves are always blonde weave, Tamar wears blonde weave/wigs etc…they do not look good.

Coco Chêne
Coco Chêne
5 years ago

For hundreds of years we’ve been told we’re ugly black monkeys. We’ve lightened our hair and skin in an attempt to be seen as beautiful, because mainstream media and culture has just began to figure it out. Now that black women as a whole are beginning to see that we’ve been beautiful all along the fashion industry wants to take what makes us us and sell it to the world and call it this season new must have. Everything from full lips, bust and backsides. Tanning. Our colloquialisms. And now our hair. Rock it if you dare, but pause and… Read more »

Malena
Malena
5 years ago
Reply to  Coco Chêne

Welcome to what us Latinas (specifically Mexicans) have been feeling for a while.

Elle P.
Elle P.
5 years ago

I really see the curly hair, not an afro. It’s like Vogue dubbing North West the inspiration for natural hair! Very one sided! This is the reason why I don’t read magazines like Glamour, Vogue or Allure…in fact I haven’t read them in over 2 years…

Camille
Camille
5 years ago
Reply to  Elle P.

I haven’t read them in a while either. Even the wording from the title of the article:

You (Yes, You) Can Have an Afro

If someone needed proof that the magazine isn’t intended for their consumption- there it is! I don’t recall articles that speak directly to black women in magazines like that. Boycotting feels so powerful and it’s easier than ever because there are so many brands that DO cater to/acknowledge us.

Public_Programming
Public_Programming
5 years ago

The interesting thing will be how many black women will abandon their silky straight weave to rock their natural fro just because it’s embraced by mainstream now..

amerie
amerie
5 years ago

i think you have it wrong its black people that don’t appreciate their own hair, their own skin, white people appreciate it. how many of us with long natural hair get stopped and asked if they can touch it. my husband is white and i became natural because he loved my natural hair, and i didnt and im the statistic and example of every other black girl out there who grew up hating 4c hair. if not then im the exception , but i think you are taking this post out of context and making it malicious when its not.… Read more »

maralondon
maralondon
5 years ago
Reply to  amerie

You don’t speak for every black woman and you certainly don’t speak for every white man as I can assure you the majority of white men wouldn’t even look at a black woman.

Lucky502
Lucky502
5 years ago
Reply to  maralondon

Maybe the majority don’t, but you’d be very surprised of how many do look at Black women.

Lake
Lake
5 years ago

Isn’t this similar to women of color achieving a sleek straight look? I don’t think this is a terrible thing. I think it only become problematic when a culture is being exploited or credit is not being given where it is necessary. If someone wants an Afro let them! This is getting petty

$29542384
$29542384
5 years ago

They will go in hard then move on from this quickly. White people go over the top with every “trend” they set their sights on then like a herd of sheep they all scuttle off to the next thing. I can see them all doing this for five minutes then they will all start saying black women who continue to wear their natual hair are behind the times. They actually already did this a couple decades back with the permanent. Then they decided it was unprofessional and that black people needed to follow suit with straightening and low cuts. Let’s… Read more »

Valencia Jackson McNeill
Valencia Jackson McNeill
5 years ago

This is when someone black will think its “ok” to NOW embrace #teamnatural. Someone black who’s been holding out forever will NOW be inspired by an Allure magazine article. Oh, the irony. I can’t watch. Oh, and let’s not doubt that the whole “white girls do afros BETTER” narrative is soon on the way. Get ready.
.…oh em geeee.…AND the “brothers” that have been against it will NOW “see the light”. This could get ugly, y’all.

Frugivore Clarissa
Frugivore Clarissa
5 years ago

Is Allure magazine serious?! I had to laugh, but I guess Rachel Dolezal-like appropriation is the new trend this fall. ‑_-

Annie
Annie
5 years ago

I can’t bring myself to care what other women do with their hair.

Malena
Malena
5 years ago

Okay, for the Afro, I’m awarding this to the side of appropriation. I can see it, you can see it, let’s call a spade a spade. Honestly, I don’t even like the term JewFro, because of what it implies, but, well, that’s not my call on outrage, since I’m not black. I personally think they should have given this a different name, acknowledged the significance of the Afro for the black community in a non-patronizing way, and moved on. However, the problem I find on the hair debacle is braids. Those really are a thing that transcend geographic and ethnic… Read more »

Angèle
Angèle
5 years ago

Okay… and now you have to do it every single day for the rest of your life or people will laugh at you and call you “ugly” or will look in confusion at your naturally straight hair and ask you what’s “wrong” with it.

Anonymous11243 .
Anonymous11243 .
5 years ago
Reply to  Angèle

WHAT? People ask you what’s wrong with your natural hair? Shame on them. I’ve never seen it happen but I would punch them in the face. HATERS BACK OFF! How are natural afros ugly? I actually think they are beautiful, and that’s coming from a white woman. If I was african, I would TOTALLY rock an afro. Unfortunately it’s not that easy when you’re caucasian 🙁

Melissa Howe Pomeranz
Melissa Howe Pomeranz
5 years ago

White” girl here, apologizing for my idiotic race. This is in such poor taste, particularly immediately post-Dolezal.

sanjidude
sanjidude
5 years ago

Getting an afro if your hair is straight means teasing and generally doing a lot of damage. Talk about a mass of knots when they try to comb it out later! It’s their hair and they can do whatever they want. Can’t be worse than the damage sistas do to their hair with relaxers and weaves.

Ksays
Ksays
5 years ago

Well, that’s just fantastic. Now when I don’t feel like dealing with the daily straightening process, instead of just “being really curly,” I’ll be silently judged as a cultural appropriator or some sad, trend-seeking white chick. Thanks, Allure!!!!

kalexa1
kalexa1
5 years ago
Reply to  Ksays

What’s your purpose for being on the blackgirllonghair site?

Lucky502
Lucky502
5 years ago
Reply to  kalexa1

She’s here because a whole lot of white chicks LOVE to look at tips for Black hair. They love our hair products (they’re buying SheaMoisture off the shelves) and they want our hair! For hundreds of years they told us that our hair was ugly. They required our people to wear rags, scarves or whatever they can use to cover their hair. If they’re the so-called standard of beauty, why do they try to copy what we naturally have again and again??!

CHL
CHL
5 years ago

Fine let’s see how their hair holds up when it rains…not to mention how much damage that’s gonna do to their hair to maintain.

Treacle234
Treacle234
5 years ago

Too sensitive, an afro is a hairstyle. There are so many tutorials out there on how to achieve bone-straight hair for ‘afro-textured’. Some women go against the grain to weave up their hair, spend exorbitant money to get pin straight hair from other ethnicities. This whole situation is ridiculous. Buy any black hair magazine within the last 10 years and you will see more hairstyles of pin straight, weaved-up/hair than those catering to ‘afro-textured hair’.….…black women can wear hair and hairstyles from other cultures but get deeply offended with white women wear braids, bantu knots, locs and afro.….…seriously!

AyPeeElTee
AyPeeElTee
5 years ago
Reply to  Treacle234

there’s this thing called cultural appropriation that should help you understand this issue. Not to mention the centuries black women have been made to feel hideous for their hair texture which probably has something to do with why they may reject it, and which will also explain why its a slap in the face for things to be glorified on white women but demonized on black women. I’m sure straight haired women’s hair texture isn’t accused of being unprofessional and ugly so it’s frustrating when they can mock our hair texture without any of the repercussions we have that comes… Read more »

Jen
Jen
5 years ago

Wtv You can’t copy the thickness, and intricate texture of kinks coils and curls in black hair. you can’t copy hair that defies gravity and grows toward the sun. But, they can try…just like they are trying so hard to copy that glowing melanin with their tanning beds turning them orange. They try to copy our sexy lips with the stupid kylie jenner challenge, but their lips go right back to flat. Just let them do whatever. Let the white women fry on her tanning bed, sucking on a plastic cup to get swollen lips, with expensive butt injections (ahem… Read more »

Olivia Pugh
Olivia Pugh
5 years ago
Reply to  Jen

It’s disheartening to read comments like this where black women put down other women, of any race. It isn’t copying necessarily. Black women who dye their hair blonde aren’t trying to look or pass as white. Nor are the black women who relax and straighten their hair. The beautiful thing about hair is that we can do whatever we please with it, just as we can with our bodies, clothes, etc. Black women have many beautiful, desirable, and stunning features just as white, Asian, Hispanic, etc. women. It’s just a hair style.

Jackie Denae
Jackie Denae
5 years ago

Yall this is just a replay of the 70s and 80s. White woman wanted to have big hair so they teased it and permed it and all of the above. Don’t let it agitate you. Let it roll right off. This too shall pass.

kaydenpat
kaydenpat
5 years ago
Reply to  Jackie Denae

True.

BlackFeminist22
BlackFeminist22
5 years ago

Not when nappy headed has been used as a derogatory term. It’s disrespectful. It’s saying, we can wear it and it’ll be considered high fashion. Black women have been wearing afros for years. The afro in the Black community has a deep importance and it can’t and shouldn’t be separated from that. Just like the hijab worn by Muslim women or the bindi in Hindu cultures should not be separated from their importance.

Sharita
Sharita
5 years ago

If they want to work so hard to achieve for a few hours what I get naturally with water, some coconut oil, and a hair pick then that’s on them. The humidity that eventually turns their “pseudo-fro” back to straight and limp, makes mine gloriously bigger. I can pick mine out high enough to hit to roof of the car when I drive — good luck on that one, “Buffy”. So what if they can imitate they can’t duplicate, so why worry?

kalexa1
kalexa1
5 years ago

LOL. Oh dear… I think a more appropriate & accurate article heading/title for this journalistic gem would’ve been “You’ve got the man, now get the hair!”

Queen Esther
5 years ago

How ironic that Allure makes up for the lack of diversity in their magazine by blackening up white women with an African-American hairstyle that essentially epitomizes our struggle and oppression. This is not a cultural exchange. This is not cultural assimilation. This is cultural appropriation. White people have made laws that deny black women the right to wear their hair naturally. Black women are systematically fired, because Blackness. If you are Black, you are openly considered unprofessional and yes, downright filthy, if you have an Afro. You are hounded, you are threatened with flat-out expulsion from school. Black women can’t… Read more »

Kay
Kay
5 years ago

Yes, you can have an Afro!”

Wait, that doesn’t mean you should.… ???

DevilsAdvo
DevilsAdvo
5 years ago

To play Devil’s advocate, is it cultural appropriation for African American women to get blond weaves?

Lucky502
Lucky502
5 years ago

You see, we don’t have to go through all of those steps to get that iconic fro. Our hair has a spiral pattern. It’s the same pattern as whirlwinds and soundwaves and DNA. Our hair is meant to grow outward, not downward. When black hair is given proper care, it’s fluffy soft. Not only that, our hair is high-volume, high-definition. Our hair doesn’t hang down, it’s not limp, lifeless and flat, we’ll never need a volumizer, and you’ll never see a sister wearing a “bump-it” to get the illusion of voluminous hair. We don’t need it. We can take our… Read more »

Anon
Anon
5 years ago

Smh. Another thing white girls want to steal from us..

mel
mel
5 years ago

I really don’t understand what’s wrong in this. This isn’t blackface, it’s simply just a hairstyle. If this article talked about black girls having straight, blonde hair wouldn’t it be the same situation? Am I missing something here or am I just blind?

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