ELLE magazine recently released a new documentary on, of all things, braids and Black hair history and we are actually here for it. While the magazine has definitely been on the offending end of cultural appropriation, they get it right with a Black Hair #101 take on the history and politics of Black hair in America.
Braided: An American Hair Story features insights and commentary from celebs, hairstylists and hair historians who walk us through a gamut of Black hair experiences: from “Bo” and “boxer” braids and work and school discrimination. While not a new conversation for most of us, it is definitely edifying to have folks like Ayana Bird, co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America and celeb hairstylists Vernon Francois and Lacy Redway, impart their knowledge and views on the first ridiculing, then mainstreaming of our culture. (It is also a must-watch for those who still think Kim Kardashian or Kylie Jenner invented cornrows.)
Press play below to check out this refreshing refresher course.