Westernization Is A ‘Problem’ Across Many Cultures

A Jamaican girl might be raised to believe that her hair is unmanageable, ugly and ‘poor’ and that people of a certain status have lighter skin and 3c curls. Since that little Jamaican girl will never have 3c curls the next best thing for her would be a relaxer and some bleach for her skin.

These deep-rooted cultural stigmas are hard to break and western culture is often the blame. But there are other issues too, there is history and how it has affected the minds of individuals who have not had the opportunity to be educated and exposed to better thoughts and behavior.

Undeniably the western influence is strong, it is strong across all cultures, races, and sexes, not just black people. Western hair culture is imitated across the globe so much so that we have no idea what is pure anymore. On the flip side of things, there is proof that the west is losing some ground as black culture and hip hop culture have directed the appearance and hair choices of cultures you would have least expected.

I hate to keep picking on the Japanese but didn’t they just get caught adding perms to their hair to create afros? Since we have not come up with a politically correct way to understand those choices the only reasonable explanation is: that’s how globally tied we are.

The truth is we like to consider ourselves as individuals with our own right to determine how we should look based on our own view of the world. You may go bald because your favorite aunt has cancer, or color your hair blue because you are going to see the Smurfs in theater, you may get a relaxer because you prefer straight hair, or go natural because Solange is looking mighty fine these days. Whether your decision is influenced by the West or not rest assured you are not alone and what you choose to do influences, someone, far away as well.

Somehow I don’t think Chinese girls are given as hard a time for dying their hair golden as black girls do for relaxing their hair! Do you think the influence of Western Standards is worse for black people?


Originally posted 2013-02-24 19:00:32.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

  1. Mj

    I personally think we all like to try something we like or yearn for something we don’t have. Black women want straight hair, white women want thick lips and women all over the world are now getting surgery to have big butts that most black women are blessed with.

  2. Chocoliz

    I wanted to have curly hair. Before relaxers came into my life my hair was thick, hard to curl and so damn tight and kinky that you couldn’t get a comb much less fingers in it. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized I have three different grades of hair all equally hard to deal with due to my mixed heritage. I’ve been natural, curly, wrapped, dyed you name it in efforts to not really be someone else just to be able style my hair. I know we are a society that follows trends but we also can do what feels right for ourselves. For me that’s getting a relaxer every 12 weeks. My hair is healthy and I finally have a way of caring for my locks that may not work for others but works for me.

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