A few days ago, my husband came home with my favorite cookies- Trader Joe’s Vegan Chocolate Chip. If anyone of you have tried it out there then you know they’re pretty awesome. Without even trying I can eat this whole bag of 12 cookies in 36 hours or less.
I’m a little bit of a health nut so you know I had to tell myself some lie to make downing 12 chocolate cookies in a matter of hours okay.
It’s easy for us to buy into the myths we tell ourselves especially when it does at least one of these three things
a. Minimizes our feeling of inadequacy or helplessness
b. Puts the blame on anything/anyone but ourselves
c. Makes us look more amazing than we really are
Myths are our way of making sense of stuff that we either don’t want to know the truth about or are ignorant to the truth of. So what’s that got to do with long hair?
The Long Hair Gene
I was sent an email in December 2014 that totally changed the way I approach talking about long hair and black women.
This email along with some other conversations with black women later that month who had similar questions uncovered one of the biggest myths about black hair:
Mixed Blood = Long Hair
We easily accept this myth as truth because:
- We don’t know any better.
- We need an explanation for why it never just happened for us.
- We’ve tried all we could and never attained length.
- All our sisters and aunties never had long hair.