Monday, July 31, 2017

Why Is There Not Many Natural Vintage Hairstyles For Black Women?

As an African American pin-up myself, I've always wondered why there aren't many hair tutorials for natural black hair. I myself just rock a 70's style Afro but it seems like it's the only hairstyle that we have to choose from when wanting to rock a vintage hairstyle. Sadly, this is because back in the pin-up days such as the 1940's and 1950's it wasn't considered socially acceptable for black women to wear their natural hair. So they often straightened it. Now, people are embracing natural black hair but there is still not many vintage style hairstyles for black women who prefer to stay natural. They're some black pin-ups that recreate vintage hairstyles. Such as Theblackpinup, Theurbanpinup, and Misstammisavoy but not many others. I wanted to know other pin-ups of color thought about this topic, So I reached out to some black pin-up models to get their thoughts on this topic.



Natural Vintage Hair Styles For Black Women
"As far as straightening the hair, I feel as if people should do what makes them happy. I would love to see more vintage styles recreated, but I also understand how difficult it is with textured hair. Sometimes it's hard to get the curl definition to achieve such styles. I just had someone recently comment on one of my photos that in the 60's their hair was shinier. She asked was it my choice to have it the way it was or was getting it to be shiny a challenge to come? I told her that was as shiny as it was going to get especially with the humidity being so high lately. She didn't understand that my hair is textured and even if I were to straighten it and make it "shiny" it would revert back to its natural state. I love trying out different styles with my hair though. I like the thrill of a good challenge. I feel accomplished when I finally do nail a hairstyle. I think that's what keeps me going and why I will continue to do it because that's what makes me happy."






Natural Vintage Hair Styles For Black Women
"I've also bumped into loads of POC (Pin-ups of color) who have these same convos- it seems like it's a mixture of not knowing how to do "black" versions of the hairstyles (finding source material for this is hard which makes sense considering the historical context of the time) also I think coz black hair is so different in range it's like what works for one girl don't work for another- yet there are like zero tutorials online etc .

For me I've found:
1. blow dry "straight"
2.  pin curl with heat
3.  hold in place with hairpins

But obviously, there are loads of women who don't like using heat or there are loads of ways to pin curl etc - in the process, I think, has to be unique for every hair type. Now, all we have to do is find out what works best."

Natural Vintage Hair Styles For Black Women
"My view is that natural hair is beautiful. I'm all about diversity and standing out from the crowd. I try to create vintage hairstyles for shoots but yes it's difficult to get that authentic 50's look with natural hair which is why I like to put my own spin on it. I'll either have my hair in a huge afro with a side flower or put hot rollers in my hair for some shape.
I definitely think there isn't that much inspiration for natural vintage hair- which is why you have to get creative and add a touch of your personality to it.Everyone is different and if you want to straighten your hair that's cool- just do whatever makes you happy. Life is too short"
I'm not saying that it's not okay for black women to straighten their hair, It's your own choice at the end of the day. I would just like to see some vintage hairstyles for black women who choose not to.



What do you think?
Do you think black pin-ups should just straighten their hair?
or would you like to see them recreate retro hairstyles with their natural hair?

2 comments:

  1. Hello there! I'm a fellow black Woman who has been wearing her hair natural for a little over a year.
    I've also felt the same way 'oh I gotta get a perm, or straighten my hair for it to be "period perfect" ' then I asked my grandma what some of her friends did. She told me some lightly straightened it, whereas many would just get their hair to work in their favor. Of late, I've been rocking a humidity laden little do, which envokes the 30s for me.
    But before that, I rocked a teeny fro, Senegalese twists, box braids, faux locs, and a huge fro with my vintage styles.
    I thought, 'well, nobody bats a lash when someone is wearing pink/purple/fire engine red, why should they care I've got locs in?'
    Embrace your hair, let your clothes and accessories do the talkin.

    Carla, Tiny Angry Crafts

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  2. Hi Carla!
    Thank you for your comment.
    I agree just let your clothes and accessories do the talking.

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