We have all been architects of our hair since the early centuries. Hairdressers have held the power and they have always held the key to how you feel. The afro textured hair, according to author Clarence (2012), suggests that the hair may initially have evolved because of an adaptive need amongst human early hominid ancestors for protection against the sun in Africa. Long ago, many cultures developed hairstyles that defined status or identity in regard to age, ethnicity, wealth, social rank, marital status, religion, fertility, adulthood and death. Hair was groomed by those who understood the aesthetic standard, as the social implications of hair grooming were a significant part of community life. All human hair has the same basic chemical composition in terms of keratin protein content. Afro hair has been found to be not as conceited on the scalp as other follicle types. Before people would use black soap made from ash and locally harvested African plant was used like shampoo. Shea butter has been used long before for moisturising and to dress the hair to date.
Braids may have been there since 30,000 years back. Braiding is traditionally a social art. It can sometimes take really long depending on the length of the hair and as well as the hair groomers. The saying “patience pays” can really be practiced here, in as much as you want to be done as fast as possible, but you should know better than to push the hairdresser to be fast. I always tell my husband that hair day should just be hair day and we can’t plan anything else. Early braids had many uses, such as: decoration, bowls and hats (from palm leaves). Growing up, we used to practice braiding with grass. Believe me, mine used to be very neat; I have no idea what happens when I come to the actual hair. I would say it was also a way of bonding between the mother and the daughter. I was afraid anytime my mother would tell me to have a sit so she can braid my hair. It was when I would answer all the questions that I had been avoiding during the week. I have always been cheeky.
Garret Augustus Morgan Sr (March 4,1877 – July 27, 1963) was an inventor, businessman and community leader. Morgan discovered and developed a chemical hair-processing and straightening solution. Chemical / hair relaxer has really made it easy for maintaining frizzy hair. A hair relaxer is a lotion or a cream that makes the hair easier to straighten and manage. It reduces the hair by breaking down the hair strand and chemically altering the texture. There is nothing like relaxers that are specifically for black people or white people; a relaxer will work on any type of hair regardless. Dreadlocks were seen as far as 3600 years ago. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with locked wigs, have also been recovered from archaeological sites. It is unclear where the name dreadlocks originated from. Some authors have speculated that the “dread” component could refer to the reaction of British soldiers upon encountering Mau Mau of Kenya, or Rastafarians from Jamaica. Traditionally, it was believed that in order to create dreadlocks in non afro-textured hair, an individual had to refrain from brushing, combing and cutting. Free form or neglect, these dreads tend to vary greatly in size, width and shape. Some people still think dreadlocks are dirty hair or just people neglecting their hair, however you still have to care for the hair the same way, with or without dreadlocks.