I’m sure you have heard and or even use common generalizations when it comes to describing someone’s hair texture. Many say “Asian hair” for when they want to describe super straight, jet black hair . Others say “African American hair” when they want to describe extremely curly, tightly coiled afro-like hair. And when many describe the hair texture of a ” Latina ” they are referring to very wavy to curly type hair. And many believe that anyone ” Caucasian” automatically has fine, straight hair. Who made up these hair rules anyway?
This is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to talking about hair. This awkward and often inaccurate way of determining happens among the average woman talking about hair texture with her hairstylist and even many scientists and cosmetic chemists who work in hair care research and development find it hard to properly articulate the correct classification of hair types.
What happens in the case of someone, in fact large groups of people who don’t fit into the narrow hair type descriptions. For instance, an Asian girl with wavy hair, an African American woman with hair that is super fine and with only a slight wave pattern, or a Caucasian individual with a coarse, frizzy afro? And then there’s bi-racial hair? Each time two parents of different races have a child the possibility of hair type and texture aren’t even predictable from one child to the next.
I think it’s more accurate and less likely to offend, if hair texture is described or defined by it’s characteristics rather than by an ethnic group stereotype. The world is becoming more diverse and there are many exceptions to the old hair rules. So why not be progressive and create a new hair rule: Define hair texture by its characteristics such as straight, wavy, afro , tightly coiled, s- pattern curls, etc.