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Diving into the world of black hair is something all familiar yet somehow completely distant all at once While at first I thought I knew all there was to know about black hair in its entirety Henry Louis Gates Jr and my many black comrades proceeded to prove me totally wrong My four year old niece is half black I am often stuck with the task of doing her hair She has what many consider good hair Free of kink It is a massive curly tangled mess but good nonetheless When she steps out of the bathtub her hair nearly reaches her bottom However give it a few minutes of drying and it is easily shoulder length if not shorter While this may not sound like the utmost desirable hair to many blacks it is Why is she blessed in the eyes of blacks while an equally attractive girl can be born with a short kinky tangle atop her head and be an unfortunate mess Henry Louis Gates Jr has something going with his disapproval of the politics of black hair According to him and almost universally all blacks Good hair was straight Bad hair was kinky Gates Jr 43 Before going any further I think we must examine the specifics and logistics of black hair While some may think this frivolous this was something completely lost on me Black hair comes in two extremes straight and kinky However straight just means not kinky no matter what contours the curl might take Gates Jr 43 There is a broad spectrum in between though and some hair can take on any combination of the two kinky and straight Now on to my favorite part of the black head of hair the kitchen This is the very kinky bit of hair at the back of the head where the neck meets the shirt collar Gates Jr 42 The kitchen is also the first place on the head
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