No matter what age we are, hair has always been a “thing.” We all have some memory or turning point around the process of getting our hair done — the smell of a salon, sitting too long for braids or the day we fell in love with it.
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For Marsai Martin’s Black-ish character Diane, it’s the fear of a relaxer burning off all of her hair. In this week’s episode, after a bad dream, she decides to ditch the creamy crack. And, just like in real life, she and her mom (Tracee Ellis Ross) are left with quintessential “now what” moment.
But instead of being a crisis, with typical Black-ish flare, they explore what it means to have Black hair with a trip to the salon. “All Black hair is beautiful,” says Tracee’s character.
It even includes a jazzy School Daze-esque scene featuring a salon full of dancers rocking braided ponytails, Bantu knots, teenie weenie blond afros and down-to-there blow-outs while vocal powerhouse Jill Scott (who plays Diane’s hairstylist) sangs about celebrating our crowns.