Why do black women straighten their hair?

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#1 Posted by MetalDogGear (806 posts) -
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iDjTbxQA_sg/TdW44VDmOYI/AAAAAAAABA0/oeYcMqref5U/s1600/biracialbbw.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-87Giqv0tlbg/TxbJqdfrTuI/AAAAAAAABSA/2XYULEdMiVo/s1600/Tracee_Ellis_Ross_077.jpg http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Z-pbE5vcGaw/TKv74Bwy0CI/AAAAAAAABRk/gTazV2_W_sc/s1600/TXIMG_00033.jpg I just find it so much more attractive when it's all curly and stuff. We've got too many straight-haired women. Let's see some variety.
#2 Posted by zenogandia (912 posts) -

Not all do. It's a hair preference, just like me being bald. People ask me "Why are you bald at such a young age?" Because I like it that way. I like so spice up my hair. Perhaps when I'm 40 I'll let it grow.

I do agree with you, though. I like black girls with frizzy hair. It looks like a puscy.

#3 Posted by Mink (1788 posts) -
I'm a black woman, but my dad had straight hair and mine turned out more like his than my mother's who had regular black people hair, I don't have much relaxer experience myself but I spent a lot of salon time around her and other chicks with that hair type, they do it because it's generally easier to manage once it's done. Hair types vary, and every girl's hair isn't going to loosen up the way it does in those photos, it'll just thicken back up unless you just nuke it and go all the way. It's complicated although relaxers hurt a lot since it basically burns your hair straight. But I guess it's just whatever that person prefers, it's no set standard.
#4 Posted by hippiesanta (9793 posts) -
because they want their hair looks like a real hair...... not armpit hair
#5 Posted by pariah3 (976 posts) -

because they want their hair looks like a real hair...... not armpit hairhippiesanta

Yes curly hair is not so attractive for a woman. I don't find most women with curly hair so attractive.

#6 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10838 posts) -

None of the women in the photos you posted, TC, are full (i.e. real Black people). They're all mixed-race, which is why their hair looks the way it does. Here's a tip for you: a real Black person looks African, just as a real White person looks European, or just as a real Oriental person looks Oriental. You get me? No one would call a person who's only part White or only part Asian, White or Asian, respectively. Likewise, no one should call a person who's only part Black, Black as if they're entirely Black. To do so would be foolish. If that's the kind of hair you like, then I don't think you'll like pure, unadulterated Black people's hair (i.e. the real stuff), which I have. It's coarse and very, very curly.

#7 Posted by LongZhiZi (2453 posts) -

None of the women in the photos you posted, TC, are full (i.e. real Black people). They're all mixed-race, which is why their hair looks the way it does. Here's a tip for you: a real Black person looks African, just as a real White person looks European, or just as a real Oriental person looks Oriental. You get me? No one would call a person who's only part White or only part Asian, White or Asian, respectively. Likewise, no one should call a person who's only part Black, Black as if they're entirely Black. To do so would be foolish. If that's the kind of hair you like, then I don't think you'll like pure, unadulterated Black people's hair (i.e. the real stuff), which I have. It's coarse and very, very curly.

BluRayHiDef

Then explain the millions of people who keep saying Barack Obama is our first black president.

I prefer to think of him as continuing our long line of white presidents. It's equally valid. :P

#8 Posted by MetalDogGear (806 posts) -

None of the women in the photos you posted, TC, are full (i.e. real Black people). They're all mixed-race, which is why their hair looks the way it does. Here's a tip for you: a real Black person looks African, just as a real White person looks European, or just as a real Oriental person looks Oriental. You get me? No one would call a person who's only part White or only part Asian, White or Asian, respectively. Likewise, no one should call a person who's only part Black, Black as if they're entirely Black. To do so would be foolish. If that's the kind of hair you like, then I don't think you'll like pure, unadulterated Black people's hair (i.e. the real stuff), which I have. It's coarse and very, very curly.

BluRayHiDef
First off, Real black people? Just because they're biracial doesn't mean that that's not their heritage. It's part of theirs just as much as their other half is part of their identity. It's like a strawberry banana smoothie, some smoothies have only strawberries, some only bananas, and some both. But you wouldn't dare say that that blended smoothie doesn't have strawberries, just as much as bananas. Second of all, "Pure" africans can have that kind of hair as well. Your own narrow experience doesn't exclude those with that hair http://www.style-hair-magazine.com/images/aveda-be-curly-hair-product-21313725.jpg
#9 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10838 posts) -

[QUOTE="BluRayHiDef"]

None of the women in the photos you posted, TC, are full (i.e. real Black people). They're all mixed-race, which is why their hair looks the way it does. Here's a tip for you: a real Black person looks African, just as a real White person looks European, or just as a real Oriental person looks Oriental. You get me? No one would call a person who's only part White or only part Asian, White or Asian, respectively. Likewise, no one should call a person who's only part Black, Black as if they're entirely Black. To do so would be foolish. If that's the kind of hair you like, then I don't think you'll like pure, unadulterated Black people's hair (i.e. the real stuff), which I have. It's coarse and very, very curly.

LongZhiZi

Then explain the millions of people who keep saying Barack Obama is our first black president.

I prefer to think of him as continuing our long line of white presidents. It's equally valid. :P

People can call a rock a glass of water if they want, but that doesn't make it so.

#10 Posted by MetalDogGear (806 posts) -

[QUOTE="LongZhiZi"]

[QUOTE="BluRayHiDef"]

None of the women in the photos you posted, TC, are full (i.e. real Black people). They're all mixed-race, which is why their hair looks the way it does. Here's a tip for you: a real Black person looks African, just as a real White person looks European, or just as a real Oriental person looks Oriental. You get me? No one would call a person who's only part White or only part Asian, White or Asian, respectively. Likewise, no one should call a person who's only part Black, Black as if they're entirely Black. To do so would be foolish. If that's the kind of hair you like, then I don't think you'll like pure, unadulterated Black people's hair (i.e. the real stuff), which I have. It's coarse and very, very curly.

BluRayHiDef

Then explain the millions of people who keep saying Barack Obama is our first black president.

I prefer to think of him as continuing our long line of white presidents. It's equally valid. :P

People can call a rock a glass of water if they want, but that doesn't make it so.

Your analogy is false A rock isn't a liquid and vice versa Neither of the two contain common properties.
#11 Posted by hippiesanta (9793 posts) -
[QUOTE="MetalDogGear"] First off, Real black people?

here ... oprah winfrey
#12 Posted by HybridPhoenix (3598 posts) -
Because they don't like the frizz? Some people end up with an awkward in between...easier to manage? Aesthetic reasons?
#13 Posted by helwa1988 (2077 posts) -
Why do white women tan? Why do asian women get eye lid surger? Why do indian and arab women use fairness creams?
#14 Posted by Diablo-B (4024 posts) -
Many black women believe that in order for then to be accepted/hired in the work place they have to have straight hair. I have heard young black women say that they wouldn't hire another woman with more natural hair cause its no professional. Likewise many black men feel pressured to completely shave their facial hair in order to get hired. Im am biracial and I can tell you from experience that I resist frequently close shaving because the coarseness of my hair leave me prone to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. So i generally just trim my facial hair weekly. And thankfully my profession has a pretty loose standards for grooming (software engineering).

But black women have a a lot pressure on them and their hair,much of that pressure comes from their own pairs. Just looks at gabby douglas. Black gymnast, in the olympics, while playing a sport, other black women were criticizing her hair on twitter/internet. If you ever want to understand more about this check out a movie called Good Hair by Chris Rock, its not a comedy but a documentary he did inspired by his daughters. It will open your mind to the depths of this issue.
#15 Posted by Lucky_Krystal (1730 posts) -

It's easier to style and maintain.

#17 Posted by Champo9 (30 posts) -
They want to... Also our society is racist.
#18 Posted by Zaibach (13441 posts) -

Many black women believe that in order for then to be accepted/hired in the work place they have to have straight hair. I have heard young black women say that they wouldn't hire another woman with more natural hair cause its no professional. Likewise many black men feel pressured to completely shave their facial hair in order to get hired. Im am biracial and I can tell you from experience that I resist frequently close shaving because the coarseness of my hair leave me prone to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. So i generally just trim my facial hair weekly. And thankfully my profession has a pretty loose standards for grooming (software engineering).

But black women have a a lot pressure on them and their hair,much of that pressure comes from their own pairs. Just looks at gabby douglas. Black gymnast, in the olympics, while playing a sport, other black women were criticizing her hair on twitter/internet. If you ever want to understand more about this check out a movie called Good Hair by Chris Rock, its not a comedy but a documentary he did inspired by his daughters. It will open your mind to the depths of this issue.Diablo-B

completely agree, I have that movie, it is pretty funny.

#19 Posted by dramaybaz (6020 posts) -
Some have more curly hair, some have less. It is still a personal choice as to how curly or straight one wants their hair to be.
#20 Posted by ghoklebutter (19327 posts) -
Straight hair looks awesome on women when it's done properly.
#21 Posted by MetalDogGear (806 posts) -
[QUOTE="hippiesanta"][QUOTE="MetalDogGear"] First off, Real black people?

here ... oprah winfrey

You and Blu-ray's minds have been poisoned with the idea that somehow one shade of black is darker than the others (metaphorically speaking) This notion of authentic blackness is what creates such antipathy between Africans and African Americans today The black community is one of the most segregated and divided communities in the world. Barack obama is just as black as you And he is also just as white as any other white person He has two sides of the coin, both heritages. There's no such thing as authentic blackness, at least among people with enough african heritage. Stop this "Blacker than thou" complex crap
#22 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -
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#23 Posted by Phaze-Two (3444 posts) -

they can do whatever they want. i do prefer natural hair on black women, done up yes, but natural. no pressure though.

#24 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10838 posts) -

[QUOTE="hippiesanta"][QUOTE="MetalDogGear"] First off, Real black people? MetalDogGear
here ... oprah winfrey

You and Blu-ray's minds have been poisoned with the idea that somehow one shade of black is darker than the others (metaphorically speaking) This notion of authentic blackness is what creates such antipathy between Africans and African Americans today The black community is one of the most segregated and divided communities in the world. Barack obama is just as black as you And he is also just as white as any other white person He has two sides of the coin, both heritages. There's no such thing as authentic blackness, at least among people with enough african heritage. Stop this "Blacker than thou" complex crap

Bollocks. How can Barack Obama be as Black as a fully Black person if he's literally only fifty percent Black? My reasoning is objective, so you can cut back on the social issues of the Black community; they don't change anything. The fact of the matter is that from a biological standpoint, a fully Black person and a partially Black person are different, just as a mut dog is different from a pure breed. Me and Barack Obama are not the same. Period.

#25 Posted by Bucked20 (6951 posts) -
Nothing wrong with a perm and wrap every once in a while
#26 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -

[QUOTE="MetalDogGear"][QUOTE="hippiesanta"] here ... oprah winfrey  BluRayHiDef

You and Blu-ray's minds have been poisoned with the idea that somehow one shade of black is darker than the others (metaphorically speaking) This notion of authentic blackness is what creates such antipathy between Africans and African Americans today The black community is one of the most segregated and divided communities in the world. Barack obama is just as black as you And he is also just as white as any other white person He has two sides of the coin, both heritages. There's no such thing as authentic blackness, at least among people with enough african heritage. Stop this "Blacker than thou" complex crap

Bollocks. How can Barack Obama be as Black as a fully Black person if he's literally only fifty percent Black? My reasoning is objective, so you can cut back on the social issues of the Black community; they don't change anything. The fact of the matter is that from a biological standpoint, a fully Black person and a partially Black person are different, just as a mut dog is different from a pure breed. Me and Barack Obama are not the same. Period.

Just because the mom is white and the dad is black does not objectively mean 50%, Obama could be 76% black for all you know. If he is 75%, and they can test these things btw, and it's true, it's over 50% making him practically black. He does not look 50% black to me in anyway.
#27 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10838 posts) -

[QUOTE="BluRayHiDef"]

[QUOTE="MetalDogGear"] You and Blu-ray's minds have been poisoned with the idea that somehow one shade of black is darker than the others (metaphorically speaking) This notion of authentic blackness is what creates such antipathy between Africans and African Americans today The black community is one of the most segregated and divided communities in the world. Barack obama is just as black as you And he is also just as white as any other white person He has two sides of the coin, both heritages. There's no such thing as authentic blackness, at least among people with enough african heritage. Stop this "Blacker than thou" complex crapFreddyJeffery

Bollocks. How can Barack Obama be as Black as a fully Black person if he's literally only fifty percent Black? My reasoning is objective, so you can cut back on the social issues of the Black community; they don't change anything. The fact of the matter is that from a biological standpoint, a fully Black person and a partially Black person are different, just as a mut dog is different from a pure breed. Me and Barack Obama are not the same. Period.

Just because the mom is white and the dad is black does not objectively mean 50%, Obama could be 76% black for all you know. If he is 75%, and they can test these things btw, and it's true, it's over 50% making him practically black. He does not look 50% black to me in anyway.

Black people originated in Subsaharan West Africa, and spread eastward and southward on the continent. Pure blooded or nearly pure blooded people who descend from these original Black people do not look like Barack Obama. The equitorial African sun would wreak havoc on his skin.

#28 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -

[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="BluRayHiDef"]

Bollocks. How can Barack Obama be as Black as a fully Black person if he's literally only fifty percent Black? My reasoning is objective, so you can cut back on the social issues of the Black community; they don't change anything. The fact of the matter is that from a biological standpoint, a fully Black person and a partially Black person are different, just as a mut dog is different from a pure breed. Me and Barack Obama are not the same. Period.

BluRayHiDef

Just because the mom is white and the dad is black does not objectively mean 50%, Obama could be 76% black for all you know. If he is 75%, and they can test these things btw, and it's true, it's over 50% making him practically black. He does not look 50% black to me in anyway.

Black people originated in Subsaharan West Africa, and spread eastward and southward on the continent. Pure blooded or nearly pure blooded people who descend from these original Black people do not look like Barack Obama. The equitorial African sun would wreak havoc on his skin.

Now Black People originated in West Africa? Where are you getting this?
#29 Posted by Phaze-Two (3444 posts) -

[QUOTE="BluRayHiDef"]

[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"] Just because the mom is white and the dad is black does not objectively mean 50%, Obama could be 76% black for all you know. If he is 75%, and they can test these things btw, and it's true, it's over 50% making him practically black. He does not look 50% black to me in anyway.FreddyJeffery

Black people originated in Subsaharan West Africa, and spread eastward and southward on the continent. Pure blooded or nearly pure blooded people who descend from these original Black people do not look like Barack Obama. The equitorial African sun would wreak havoc on his skin.

Now Black People originated in West Africa? Where are you getting this?

yeah i thought it was east africa that the first modern humans (who were presumably dark skinned) came from?

#30 Posted by Diablo-B (4024 posts) -

[QUOTE="MetalDogGear"][QUOTE="hippiesanta"] here ... oprah winfrey  BluRayHiDef

You and Blu-ray's minds have been poisoned with the idea that somehow one shade of black is darker than the others (metaphorically speaking) This notion of authentic blackness is what creates such antipathy between Africans and African Americans today The black community is one of the most segregated and divided communities in the world. Barack obama is just as black as you And he is also just as white as any other white person He has two sides of the coin, both heritages. There's no such thing as authentic blackness, at least among people with enough african heritage. Stop this "Blacker than thou" complex crap

Bollocks. How can Barack Obama be as Black as a fully Black person if he's literally only fifty percent Black? My reasoning is objective, so you can cut back on the social issues of the Black community; they don't change anything. The fact of the matter is that from a biological standpoint, a fully Black person and a partially Black person are different, just as a mut dog is different from a pure breed. Me and Barack Obama are not the same. Period.

Actually you are wrong. Black is a racial group shaped by their experiences not their skin tone or genes
#31 Posted by Ernesto_basic (2123 posts) -

Call me crazy, but I'm guessing it's because SOME black women like the way it looks (you know, like how SOME white women like to curl their hair) :P

#32 Posted by Nengo_Flow (9473 posts) -
first of all those girls you posted arent even black... especially the first one.
#33 Posted by Bucked20 (6951 posts) -
first of all those girls you posted arent even black... especially the first one.Nengo_Flow
Why cause they're light skin,they still black
#34 Posted by BluRayHiDef (10838 posts) -

first of all those girls you posted arent even black... especially the first one.Nengo_Flow
Glad I'm not the only one that noticed.

#35 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -
first of all those girls you posted arent even black... especially the first one.Nengo_Flow
Here you go:
#36 Posted by Floridaman46 (250 posts) -

Why do Black Women lay out in the Sun?

#37 Posted by Nengo_Flow (9473 posts) -
[QUOTE="Nengo_Flow"]first of all those girls you posted arent even black... especially the first one.FreddyJeffery
Here you go:

see thats black
#38 Posted by hippiesanta (9793 posts) -

Why do Black Women lay out in the Sun?

Floridaman46
oh my goat ..... I've lol maybe they want to feel "being accepted"
#39 Posted by MistressMinako (45920 posts) -
Alright, two reasons: 1. Easier to manage. 2. They don't want to be labeled as someone who lives in the projects. Or under the poverty line, whichever you want to call it. And black women if anything they are criticized on by other black women is their hair. Remember when that black teen gymnast got criticized about her hair? I bet all my money it was a group of black women doing the insults.
#40 Posted by soulless4now (41365 posts) -

Society makes it seem like straight hair is the norm so that's why they're willing to spend hundreds of dollars at the beauty salon for it.

#41 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -

Society makes it seem like straight hair is the norm so that's why they're willing to spend hundreds of dollars at the beauty salon for it.

soulless4now
Al you need is that $15 hair straghtener. it;s not that hard to striaghten hair whithin the last decade and i spelled straighten wrong twice already lol.
#42 Posted by soulless4now (41365 posts) -
[QUOTE="soulless4now"]

Society makes it seem like straight hair is the norm so that's why they're willing to spend hundreds of dollars at the beauty salon for it.

FreddyJeffery
Al you need is that $15 hair straghtener. it;s not that hard to striaghten hair whithin the last decade and i spelled straighten wrong twice already lol.

Not good enough for some women. I'm also talking about the cost of weaves which can cost a few hundreds of dollars depending on what kind of hair is being used.
#43 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -
[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="soulless4now"]

Society makes it seem like straight hair is the norm so that's why they're willing to spend hundreds of dollars at the beauty salon for it.

soulless4now
Al you need is that $15 hair straghtener. it;s not that hard to striaghten hair whithin the last decade and i spelled straighten wrong twice already lol.

Not good enough for some women. I'm also talking about the cost of weaves which can cost a few hundreds of dollars depending on what kind of hair is being used.

Weave?
#44 Posted by Audacitron (911 posts) -

Many black women believe that in order for then to be accepted/hired in the work place they have to have straight hair. I have heard young black women say that they wouldn't hire another woman with more natural hair cause its no professional. Diablo-B

that's a terrible attitude to have.

If the hair was unkempt that'd be one thing, but if it's clean and tidy I can't see any problem.

I like curly hair and fros. It can look amazing.

#45 Posted by soulless4now (41365 posts) -
[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="soulless4now"][QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"] Al you need is that $15 hair straghtener. it;s not that hard to striaghten hair whithin the last decade and i spelled straighten wrong twice already lol.

Not good enough for some women. I'm also talking about the cost of weaves which can cost a few hundreds of dollars depending on what kind of hair is being used.

Weave?

Fake hair added into real hair.
#46 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -
[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="soulless4now"]Not good enough for some women. I'm also talking about the cost of weaves which can cost a few hundreds of dollars depending on what kind of hair is being used. soulless4now
Weave?

Fake hair added into real hair.

I know what you're saying but I have never seen straight haired black women with it.
#47 Posted by soulless4now (41365 posts) -
[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="soulless4now"][QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"] Weave?

Fake hair added into real hair.

I know what you're saying but I have never seen straight haired black women with it.

The weave is the straight hair. You would have to look closely at the scalp to tell if he's real or fake, but sometimes you can tell right away if it doesn't look natural and it's too Barbie doll like.
#48 Posted by Nengo_Flow (9473 posts) -
[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="soulless4now"][QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"] Weave?

Fake hair added into real hair.

I know what you're saying but I have never seen straight haired black women with it.

lol are you for real right now? 99% of the time a black woman with straight hair is wearing a weave. Which is why it looks straighten. Pretty much all the time straight hair on a black woman = weave. Natural black hair doesnt stay straighten for more than half a day, a weave last longer.
#49 Posted by Lucky_Krystal (1730 posts) -

[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="soulless4now"]Fake hair added into real hair.Nengo_Flow
I know what you're saying but I have never seen straight haired black women with it.

lol are you for real right now? 99% of the time a black woman with straight hair is wearing a weave. Which is why it looks straighten. Pretty much all the time straight hair on a black woman = weave. Natural black hair doesnt stay straighten for more than half a day, a weave last longer.

No actually it doesn't. My sister and a few of the female members of the family have naturally long hair that straightens well. They don't need weave. Also, if you take care of your hair, don't get it wet, and wrap it up at night, you're hair can stay straightened and nice for about 5-7 days.

#50 Posted by FreddyJeffery (152 posts) -
[QUOTE="FreddyJeffery"][QUOTE="soulless4now"]Fake hair added into real hair.soulless4now
I know what you're saying but I have never seen straight haired black women with it.

The weave is the straight hair. You would have to look closely at the scalp to tell if he's real or fake, but sometimes you can tell right away if it doesn't look natural and it's too Barbie doll like.

Not all people need weaves to have straight hair. You do realize that right? Heck, you can get straight hair for a few days before even needing to redo it. No weave required.