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One topic that we discussed yesterday at the Natural Hair Meet-up was the stereotyping of people with natural hair. Have you encountered the whole “Oh, she probably has incense and listens only to neo-soul and is vegetarian” kind of stereotyping? What is most amusing is when people assume that type of thing when everything about what is in front of them contradicts it! I love my ex-stepmom but then when i chopped my hair, she was all “You’ll look so pretty with gold and natural face makeup. Very earthy tones and stuff now!” *side eye* If you’ve seen my blog for any amount of time, even the past 4 posts or so, natural face makeup and earth tones do NOT meet very often on my face! Lol! I’m all about bright fun blues, greens, purple, pinks, etc.
So I was like, um, I am not completely transforming into a new person just because I decided to not get a chemical perm anymore! I just thought it was amusing that even though I am almost NEVER seen with that type of look, it was assumed that because I had natural hair that I would suddenly change into that person.
Then there’s the thing with the music. They were saying that people assume it’s all neo-soul or maybe indie music, that type of thing. And all of us agreed that we like different types of music; of course some really like neo-soul, but the HAIR didn’t dictate that! Not any less crazy than saying that all black girls with straight hair or weave like rap. Saying ALL types of anything ALWAYS is a certain way is bound to get you painted with the aura of FAIL. While I do have India Arie’s “Ready for Love” on my iPod, that is probably about it for her! Trying to figure out my iPod by my hair would be an impossible mission, because it is the most random thing ever with Gucci Mane next to Britney Spears next to Sugarland next to Fall Out Boy next to Michael Jackson next to Luther Vandross next to the Beatles. Can you tell all of that by seeing my hair in a curly chunky fro? Me thinks not 😉
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What stereotypes have you encountered? About having natural hair? About being Black? About being White? About having Blonde hair? about being human?? Share some stories and how you’ve been stereotyped and which ones fit and which ones were WAY off base 😀
Remember, get to KNOW people or stfu instead of painting them with a broad brush! It usually just ends up with you being the funny butt of their stories that they recount with their friends as they engage in non-stereotypical behavior. You’ve been warned