Regine Christie

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“Once, while at a car wash, a man approached me and asked me to take off my turban. He explained that he wanted to see if I had ‘good hair.’ I felt extremely offended that his pursuit of me depended upon my hair texture. This man didn’t know how offensive his actions were. How could he? He had not grown up being indoctrinated with Eurocentric beauty ideals and messages that alienated those with coarse hair. I never fit into the box of Eurocentric beauty, but as I grew older, I realized I didn’t have to. My natural hair, kinky and coarse, has never been glamorized in the media or society. Over the years, I developed a tendency to question my self-worth and the value of my hair. ‘Am I only pretty with a weave in my hair?’ It’s unfortunate to me that my Black brothers are the ones criticizing my hair the most. At one point, I [decided] to embrace my natural hair. To help myself along this journey of self-love, I had to repeat positive affirmations to myself and reassure myself that I was enough and that my hair does not define me, contrary to what the media tries to insinuate. I know that there is no such thing as good hair, every curl pattern and texture is beautiful.” — Regine Christie