“All Hair Is Good Hair”

Susannah Walker

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Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780813124339
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134802 | DOI:
“All Hair Is Good Hair”

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This chapter discusses how the African American women's beauty culture reached new heights of commercialization and economic prominence in urban black communities. This occurred about twenty years after the Second World War, and showed that black hairdressers were clearly proud of their achievements and role in the community. Along with black beauty experts and writers for mass market black magazines, they even insisted that American beauty standards be desegregated. The discussion also reflects both the successes and limitations of black people's struggles for political, economic, and social justice during these years.

Keywords: African American women; beauty culture; commercialization; economic prominence; black communities; black hairdressers; beauty standards

Chapter.  9146 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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