what pastel hair means for women of color

From the article:

Everdeen Mason: “…I grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, a black Latina with nappy roots, with pelo malo. I spent a lot of time letting people tell me what I was supposed to be doing with my hair. It was infuriating. My whole life I’ve been looking for hair that identifies me. Unable to attain (or get my parents to pay for) the elaborate, braided updos and beehives of my black classmates and unable to style my hair effortlessly like my white classmates, I was attracted to the extreme but never fully took the plunge. I was still trying to look normal, which to me meant having straight hair. But, how is relaxed hair any more natural to me than purple hair?…”

Diana Nguyen: “…Up until college, I was surrounded by similar-looking people. The same dark-brown eyes. The same skin tones. The same hair. Except, as I got older, hair colors got lighter and blonder. Meet another subculture: the Asian Baby Girl or, as the locals like to call her, the ABG. She is a doll, an Oriental Barbie, personified. Her makeup is always perfect, with nary a fake eyelash out of place. Her blue or green contacts complement her overly teased blonde highlights or bleached-blonde ‘do. She pops in a club of electro-house-dancing, black-haired peers. She is my brother’s girlfriend. She is, at times, my sister. She is quite a few of my friends. But, she is never me. Until Ott was done with me, that is…” 

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