An ode to the Afro is an ode to one of the most recognized symbols of power and strength. It is an ode to our natural texture that has been shaped and picked, moisturized and sheened. It is an ode to our true selves, unaltered by chemicals and the poisons of a controlling society.
An ode to the Afro is an ode to Africa. The Afro was not always a sign of strength. In fact, in pre-colonial Africa, the Afro was a sign of lower status. Hairstyles represented identity, social status, religion, and even marital status. Those of higher status wore elaborate hairstyles that took hours or even days to complete. Unlike these unique styles, an Afro was a sign of mourning, dirtiness, and even mental illness. It wasn’t until much later that the Afro gained the popularity and uniqueness that it is known for today. Continue Exploring