The hair of African American or hair type that is genetically inherited by African American ancestor is called African American hair.
African American hairstyles with African American hair are the diverse ways that African American men and women style their hair. Because many black people have hair that is thick with tighter and smaller curls than people of other races, unique hair styles have developed. In addition to this, many black hairstyles have historical connections to African cultures.
Since hair is a distinguishing feature of African origins, western beauty ideals characterized black African American hair as un-appealing and un-attractive, especially the hair of black women. Since the beginning of African civilizations, hairstyles have been used to convey messages to greater society. As early as the 15th century, different styles could indicate a person’s marital status, age, religion, ethnic identity, wealth and rank within the community. Unkempt African American hair in nearly every West African culture was considered unattractive to the opposite sex and a sign that one was dirty, had bad morals or was even insane.
In Yoruba culture in West Africa, people braided their hair to send messages to the gods. The hair is the most elevated part of the body and was therefore considered a portal for spirits to pass through to the soul. Because of the cultural and spiritual importance of hair for Africans, the practice of having their heads involuntarily shaved before being sold as slaves was in itself a dehumanizing act. So, African American hair has its own history and importance as well.
Maintaining African American hair is not very easy and without proper care and attention this type of hair could face damages and breakages within a short period of time. Gentle shampoo and heavy conditioner should be used for washing African American hair. People should be careful while combing and detangling hair and with proper maintenance African American hair could look very beautiful.