Natural Hair: A NYT Op-Doc

Zina Saro-Wiwa’s short documentary film, Transitions, for The New York Times captures an interesting mood surrounding black women’s natural hairstyling practices in the contemporary U.S. The film is about six minutes long and you can view it by following this hyperlink and viewing the film on the Times’s site.

2 thoughts on “Natural Hair: A NYT Op-Doc

  1. I simply loved this article. Thanks for Posting. I shared this with my Natural Hair followers on Twitter as well. Understanding the politics of Black Natural Hair is one of the first steps towards actually moving towards a ‘Post Racialized’ world. For now..with Black women still receiving the angst of most oppressions; I ‘ll have to state..that we have still such ‘A long way to go Baby’. Once Again..Great Post.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad to know that you found the reference valuable. I thought Saro-Wiwo’s film addressed several important themes in a very short space: history, politics, beauty, and the black female body. I also loved that it was sober and reflective as opposed to accusatory or mocking. It struck a nice pitch. You can almost see her following-up with a series of short films profiling the stories of those women. I would love to see a “day in the life” short film where you would see one woman, or several, contemplating and shopping for natural hair products. As I watched the video, I thought about what contemporary natural hair care rituals look like for black women. I wondered how communal they were. The Youtube videos of black women sharing their routines suggest new ways of thinking about those old time kitchen rituals between sistahs.

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