Black/African-American Hair Stories

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Clarissa West-White/Everyone Has A Story

I seek additional stories about being Black and having natural hair. I have collected 20 essays thus far, but would like to have 20.

I began the collection after reading a poignant journey of a natural hair blogger, and since I have always been fascinated by reactions to and about Black Hair, it seemed natural (pun intended) to capture the emotions that become tangled (yep, again) in our coiffed locks. It doesn't matter if it is bone straight or curly and tight, very few women of color appear happy with their hair, their crown and glory. I have received comments, both positive and negative, about my hair from those I would least expect to care. I have had many women tell me, especially when I had a brush cut, that they wished they could do the same, but their husbands, boyfriends, mothers and fathers, church members, and a long list of others would not have it; these people, people they adore and respect, would think their wives, girlfriends, daughters, fellow church member, etc. had lost her mind or worst question her sexuality. Interesting that the decisions we make about our hair cause so much thought and consternation in others. 

If you have ever felt the need to compromise your hair style for work, friends, family, or if you decided not to compromise despite the outcome, I want to hear about it. If you have had hair issues or have strong beliefs about the state of Black hair in America, I want to hear that as well. Perhaps you want to write a more critical piece about Black hair in general, feel free. I would like those who are interested to submit their piece and photo (optional) to The piece should be from 500-1500 words. If you need a larger word count, simply let me know. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me.