Personal Thoughts / Opinion
Growing up in an all Black neighborhood in East Atlanta, I never felt like the minority. I never had to research hair salons or ask five different people where I could find a particular product because the Afro products and services were easily accessible. There were specialty salons for the natural hair, weaves, locs and some that did any style that could fit on your head. Even while living in London, I knew how to find the community of products and services tailored to us. However, after moving from Atlanta to London and now Berlin, I’ve become not just aware that I am black but hyperaware. I can literally count on one hand how many black people I see in each day.
Luckily, I’ve never had a negative experience in Europe that happened to me simply because I am a dark-skinned black woman. Although, I do believe the treatment from non-Blacks is whether or not I am Black from Africa (presumably being poor) or a Westernized Black person (which I am for being American). This presumption of not having money is also reflected in the network of haircare and beauty products for people of Almond, Chocolate, or Coffee skin tones. You’d rarely see deep shades at you average Drogerie in Berlin. I also found it difficult finding a hairstylist or at least a network of people to direct me someone who was an expert at caring for my locs.
The beautiful thing about CURL is that it challenges the norm of hair and beauty trends by Eurocentric standards. CURL contributes to the elevated approach that Black hair and beauty isn’t just one hairstyle and one type of product, but multifaceted and multidimensional. That there are indeed levels to this ish….