Sadly, African women have long felt pressured to manipulate their hair to appeal to European standards of beauty. Many choose to relax their hair with damaging chemicals or to use fake braids and weaves to cover up their curls. In South Africa, schools have even enforced discriminatory hair standards on their students to force black girls to alter their hair to attend school. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we support South Africa’s Natural Hair Movement and hope that all South African schools remove these discriminatory policies.
According to Fourways Review[i], one Pretoria Girls High School pupil made national news by taking drastic measures to fight against her school’s discriminatory policies. After being told by school officials to straighten her ‘untidy’ natural hair, this student started a social media conversation under #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh, which prompted the Gauteng MEC of Education, Panyaza Lesufi, to visit the school and assess allegations of racism. The incident sparked a nationwide #FreeYourHair campaign as men and women across the nation embraced their natural, curly hair.
South African lifestyle blogger Lerato Tsotetsi shared her own journey on her blog: “Once I realized how I could meticulously take care of hair that belonged to some unknown Peruvian women but was unable to take care of my own, I knew something was not right. That was when I decided to free my hair. I started to proudly rock my natural hair from that day. I was hell bent on learning how to properly take care of it myself, no matter how difficult or time-consuming it became.” Other South African celebrities have followed suit, embracing their natural curls instead of chemically or cosmetically altering their hair.
At Vinci Hair Clinic, we oppose racist school hair policies and support South Africa’s Natural Hair Movement. We’re happy to report that the movement will also help men and women across the nation prevent premature baldness, as chemical relaxers and tight hairstyles are prime causes of non-hereditary hair loss. For anyone who has already experienced hair thinning or balding, contact Vinci Hair Clinic today to begin your hair restoration journey.