Hair Story: A Social Experiment

"I am not my hair

I am not this skin

I am not your expectations, no

I am not my hair

I am not this skin

I am the soul that lives within”

--India.Arie


I know this song was not written for me. The rest of the lyrics are pretty explicitly about being black. BUT I love the song and the journey India.Aire takes us on as she helps us identify how black women are seen and judged by their hair. My hair has been going through its own journey for the past 18 months. It has been absolutely fascinating to watch how the world interacts differently with me now that I’ve cut off all of my hair.