Big up to my Dad who taught me to be a non-conformist to be proud of my roots and to always ask questions. "Your hair is your crown" he would say.
I know my Dads choices of adorning locks reflects these attitudes.
Whilst I recognise and celebrate the fact I am of mixed heritage Anglo-Indian and Barbadian descent I am aware of the connotations and attitudes towards hair especially black hair and the perception of locks. In this society its usually one of fear unless youre lighter skinned then its alright cos "Everyone likes Bob Marley". And if youre white then "Oh youre so on trend darling! ". Its only in recent history we have associated this style with black people most likely the Rastafarian movement however the choice of adorning locks predates 2500 BCE and was and still is adorned by many tribal cultures of Africa. Priests and Kings of Ancient Egypt wore locks as a signal of social status and spiritual connection religious groups such as the Rishis and Sadhus of India wear locks or Jata as a symbol of shunning worldly pleasures in the West the Minoan civilisation of Crete and Spartan Hoplites wore locks as part of their battle dress.
Point is be proud of who you are. Whilst your appearance is a reflection of your ancestry you are not defined by your body but of your spirit and mind. One Love ❤️ Artwork David Hammons Nap Tapestry 1978
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