READ ALL👉 Staying in Ghana and seeing all these beautiful braids made me want to braid my own hair for the first time. So I did- big ups to the women who were able to braid my short slippery hair! But when I removed them I realized a lot of my hair had been ripped out by the roots and my hair had become thinner. Why? Because braids are not meant for white peoples hair. Usually our hair is thin and easily breakable while African hair tends to be stronger and more enduring.
The whole process made me reconsider the topic of cultural appropriation. I am here to enjoy the sweet fruits; the beautiful side of a struggle that is yet ongoing, without having to endure the fight.
Concerning the hairstyles, I have understood it is better to adore and not to imitate.
But I am still torn apart. I have so much love for the culture I am currently experiencing & for the people I meet, that I want to dance your dances, prepare your foods, wear your clothes and even more. I feel these things help me to get closer to the people, which in turn encourages talk, discussion and learning about origins of this culture, the past, who we are today, and where we need to reach.
Please share your thoughts in the comments or by DM. Always ready to learn more. 🙏🏽📥