Stereotypes: Addressing Bias Towards Curly and Kinky Hair


Hair is more than just a physical attribute; it’s an integral part of our identity and culture. Yet, across the United States, people of color with naturally curly and kinky hair have long faced negative stereotypes and bias, a phenomenon deeply rooted in systemic racism and discrimination.

This article highlights these issues while emphasizing the ongoing efforts to bring about change.

Curly and Kinky Hair Stereotypes in America

Eurocentric beauty standards primarily influence stereotypes related to curly and kinky hair.

Many people of color, particularly those in the Black and Latino communities, have historically faced derogatory comments and discrimination due to their natural hair.

These negative perceptions often label such hair as “unruly,” “unprofessional,” or “unattractive.”

Misconceptions and stereotypes are so deeply ingrained in society that they can significantly impact individuals’ lives.

Research shows that Black women are often perceived as less professional, less capable, and even less approachable because of their natural hair (source).

In a society where straight hair has been normalized, curly and kinky hair types are often marginalized, leading to many unfair judgments and biases.

Moving Towards Change: The CROWN Act

As our country recognizes the need for change, progressive steps are happening in recent years to challenge these stereotypes and promote inclusivity.

A significant milestone in this journey is the passage of The CROWN Act—HR 2116. This landmark legislation, passed in the House in a 235-to-189 vote on March 18th last year, seeks to end hair-based discrimination.

The CROWN Act, an acronym for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” bans discrimination based on hair color or texture, meaning that people cannot be denied jobs or educational opportunities because of their hair.

Due to hair texture or protective hairstyles, including braids, locs, twists, or Bantu knots.

The Act marks a significant step in acknowledging and dismantling these damaging stereotypes (source).

Celebrating Diversity: The Future of Hair Acceptance

The passage of the CROWN Act is a promising start, but the path toward true acceptance and understanding of diverse hair textures is long.

Society must unlearn these stereotypes and embrace a broader and more inclusive concept of beauty. We must celebrate the uniqueness of curly and kinky hair and its cultural significance.

Further, nurturing curly and kinky hair necessitates specific hair care products to cater to its unique needs.

Understanding the distinct characteristics of these hair types can help people appreciate their natural beauty and foster self-love and confidence.

Bottom Line

The stereotypes surrounding curly and kinky hair in the United States have deep roots in systemic racism and bias.

However, steps like the CROWN Act show that society is slowly moving towards a more inclusive, accepting future.

Much work is still to be done, but every action taken in the right direction brings us closer to a society where all hair types are celebrated and appreciated.

For more information, insights, and tips tailored to your unique hair type, visit our website.

Join us as we promote hair acceptance, debunk hair stereotypes, and advocate for a more inclusive and respectful world.

Together, we can transform the narrative and make a difference.

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One response to “Stereotypes: Addressing Bias Towards Curly and Kinky Hair”

  1. […] My hair doesn’t define who I am! My hair doesn’t say I’m not qualified! My hair does not say I’m a rebel. My hair says I am who I am and that I am a woman. I was raised to love who I am. I have always loved my hair. It was always long, thick, and black. Since my toddler, my mother has always told my sisters and me we are beautiful. Not to sound conceited, but we are. […]

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