Short natural hair second to none

Editor, ALLOW ME to react to your article, “The changing faces of women’s hair” (Society Magazine, August 8).

Editor,

ALLOW ME to react to your article, “The changing faces of women’s hair” (Society Magazine, August 8). I find it offensive that the authors can refer to the hair of some Africans as “crude” (see the sentence: “also known as a straightening comb, it is a metal comb that is used to straighten moderate or crude hair”).  

This kind of offence, which borders racism, is a legacy of colonialism and should not be reproduced, especially by journalists in Africa. 

I am a “muzungu” (white) as you say in Rwanda but find African hair very beautiful. Dreadlocks, Afros, natural short all look great and I wish I could have these hairstyles too. But I do not like to see straightened or “relaxed” hair – it looks like the most UNrelaxed style one can have. 

People should embrace natural African beauty. Be natural, be beautiful, and be proud! 

Also as a man, some advice to the ladies: men like to feel natural, soft, not treated or straightened hair full or products and definitely not wigs. Short natural hair is the best way to bring out a beautiful face and smile.

Alex, Rwanda

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I DON’T get this line: “When it comes to braiding, Jackie Ingabire advises women to braid twice a year if they have to as that will give their hair some time to breathe”. 

Do the braids allow the hair to breathe or should girls braid only twice a year to allow hair time to breathe?

Ange, Rwanda

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