By Aaliyah Moore
I was randomly scrolling through my pictures on Facebook, and the first thought that came to mind was, “Man, I change my hair a lot!” From braids to bobs to long weave, I can be unpredictable when it comes to my hair. In my opinion, hairstyles have a way of bringing out different parts of a black woman’s identity and personality. And the versatility of a black woman’s hair allows her to present herself in many ways. I thought it’d be fun to explore what each of my different hairstyles says about me, so here it goes.
Braids– I typically wear braids during summer months. They are always my go-to hairstyle for vacations, and for me, braids represent fun and youthfulness. Braids are also extremely low-maintenance, so I mostly wear them when I’m a busy-body and have a lot going on.
Bobs– If I’m not wearing my natural hair, you can rest assure I’m probably rocking a bob. When I wear a bob, it gives me a “chic” sophisticated feeling.
Long Weave– Because I’m so used to wearing shorter hair, I typically pull out some long weave when I want to switch stuff up. I mainly pull out long weave when I need something different in my life.
Natural Hair– Of all the styles I mentioned, none represent who I truly am, as my natural hair. I found so much beauty in my natural hair during quarantine because I couldn’t get to the shop to get anything added to it, which was good for me. It forced me to let mine breathe and be free. I typically choose protective styles when I’m in the hustle and bustle of life, but rocking my natural hair represents me resting and being still.
A black woman’s hair is a personal expression of who she is. And I know if you’re anything like me, you choose styles that fit how you might be feeling at that moment.
Aaliyah Moore is a contributing writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC.