If you haven’t checked out Un-ruly yet, then now is your chance to do so. This site dedicated to all things Black beauty, and has kept the conversation about Black hair going since its inception. Its most recent video series, Black Hair Is...was created by founder Antonia Opiah in an effort to get diverse perspectives from Black women on their hair choices.
This is not the first time Antonia Opiah has curated a video series dedicated to Black hair, and we hope it’s not the last. Each new perspective opens up a new door in this much-needed conversation. It is vital to provide information and perspective to Black women so that the community can get a complete sense of available options and feel supported in whatever decision they make.
The decision to relax or go natural can feel extremely fraught for many Black women, and Antonia wanted to create a space for everyone to feel heard. We asked Antonia why she felt it was so important to keep the conversation around Black hair going.
She told HelloGiggles:
She reminded us that Black women wearing their hair naturally can become national news. Think back to when Beyoncé’s hair at the Super Bowl in 2016 (and even at Coachella). After watching that performance, Antonia told us:
Antonia believes that hair standards have definitely changed in recent years, and even within the Black community, certain styles can be controversial. She said:
Anytime there’s a new forum to discuss and support other women’s choices, it’s important to take notice and give it much-deserved space in the zeitgeist. And it looks like a lot of people agree, because the series has gotten great feedback, even stirring an animated conversation on Facebook as Antonia had hoped.
“Some people are over talking about hair. Some people can relate to the experiences shared in the videos…Dialogue has power,” Antonia said. “It helps us acknowledge issues and learn different perspectives. Dialogue has the power to change our reality by exposing us to experiences we didn’t know exist. So when I create content like this it’s always with the goal of stirring conversation.”
Take a look at the Black Hair Is… series over and Un-ruly and let us know what you think. We are so, so happy to see these conversations taking place.