We all have a hairstory – whether good, bad or indifferent. Black women, in particular, have a special social and political relationship with our hair that has often resulted in life-defining moments. I, myself, remember being teased as a child for wearing the same cornrows and box braids that are now touted as trendy today. It’s more than just hair. It’s part of our identity that has been defined and redefined as much by society as ourselves.
The ever-amazing writer and cultural critic Michaela Angela Davis partnered with celebrity hair stylist Dickey of Hair Rules, to launch a new docus-series sharing a collection of stories from celebs and influencers whose hair journeys are not that different from any of ours.
“I’m most inspired by the beauty, ingenuity, and creativity of Black women, and our hair is a metaphor for all of that,” Davis told ELLE.com. I knew this was a thing, like the Vagina Monologues but about our hair. It’s full of drama, love, tension, oppression, history, liberation…all good story-making elements.”
Among those tapped to share their Black Girl Magic hair moments are Kim Coles, Regina King and Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors. While talking about everything from discovering the joy of braids to learning to love their “difference”, their stories are poignantly beautiful, purposeful and powerful.
The first two installments feature actress Tasha Smith who learned the strength and versatility of her tresses and writer and producer Mara Brock Ali who learned to celebrate her natural curls.
Smith, who became the “braid queen” of her neighborhood shared learning to be empowered by her hair.
“I’ve grown to really love my hair and the strength within what I used to think was nappy hair. When really, it’s just strong hair than can endure anything.”
Brock Ali talked about how transformative her relationship with hair was, going from fear to strength.
“I accepted being different. I wanted to stand out. And the one way I could stand out was no one was wearing their hair natural,” she said. I come from a family of beautiful woman, strong woman – and strong defined by being themselves.”
In honor of Women’s History Month, the docu-series runs through March, with new videos released weekly.