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I Am Not My Hair: Black Women, Our Hair and Our Self-Esteem

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Black women’s hair has always been fascinating; we can weave it, curl it, braid it, loc it, fro’ it, wrap it or blow it out.

But, do other’s perceptions of our hair affect our self-esteem?

No matter your answer, Black hair is now and has always been a political and controversial issue.

A few years ago, India.Arie released a song about switching from processed to natural hair that said to the world, “I am not my hair. I am not your expectations.” Taking a cue from India’s song, Raquel Reed decided to throw away the relaxer and embark on a natural hair journey.

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 2 p.m. EST on BlogTalkRadio, she will join Byllye and Ngina on First Wednesdays, to share her good, bad and surprising experiences of making the move to natural hair.

Psychiatrist Saundra Maass-Robinson will also join the discussion to explore the link between a Black woman’s hair and her self-esteem.

We know you have stories and comments to share about this topic, and now is your chance. Email them to asktheexpert@blackwomenshealth.org prior to the show or call in on Wednesday, November 3 beginning at 2 p.m. EST at 646-381-4662.

Mark your calendars to listen and join the conversation!

Visit www.BlackWomensHealth.ORG ato read Byllye’s Blog, "Why We Do What We Do With Our Hair," and share your hair experiences.

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