Note from BW of Brazil: As with many topics we cover on this, today’s post is on a topic that offer an alternative; the other side of the coin, if you will. As our regular readers know, we absolutely LOVE to cover the rising tide of black Brazilian women opting to accept the hair they were born with and helping to knock down the invisible wall that says that only straight hair is/should be seen as beautiful. Anyone who spends any time in a number of large Brazilian cities will be sure to note the various afro textured hair styles now being proudly worn by Brazilian of visible African descent. Considering that between just one to two decades ago, the vast majority of afro-brasileiras were using every trick in the book to try to hide their natural kinks and curls, the sight of so many of these women proudly rocking what Africa gave them is indeed an inspiring sight! But now for the other side of the coin.
Although it is clear that countless women are rejecting the often damaging effects that chemicals and processes have had on the health of their hair, the majority of Afro-Brazilian women continue to straighten their hair. And although we will continue to encourage women to accept their natural hair as it is, we don’t want to be in a position in which women feel that wearing their natural hair is an imposition. For one could argue that it was/is an invisible (Eurocentric) imposition that made millions of women begin to straighten their hair in the first place. Women of African descent have and indeed should have the right to explore the various looks that women of other races are free to experiment with. It is and should be all about choices and true freedom is having the option of wearing one’s hair in whatever way one finds pleasing with any sort of dictated standard of beauty. For this reason, today we bring you 10 beautiful black Brazilian women who wear their hair straight. Be sure to chime in with what you think in the comments section!
10 beautiful black Brazilian women empowered with straight hair
By Lari Cunegundes
I’m already tired of hearing that black women that straighten their hair or have straight hair are less black than others! People who believe in this statement are simply ignorant humans. One thing is you HIDING behind straightened hair to be “accepted” by society, and another is you knowing yourself well, making that decision with your own will and being happy with the choice you made. We live in a country where DEMOCRACY speaks louder (yes, at times this system generates doubts), but even so we are free to make our decisions.
Many people judge me for opting to have straightened hair. And you know what I say? “The hair is mine and I do what I want.” I know very well that I have cabelo crespo (kinky/curly hair) and never hid it. I’m not ashamed, I’m very proud. I know my ancestors very well and I’m very proud of them. I’m proud of my color, I am beautiful and I love myself in this way, with straightened hair.
For these reasons, I had the curiosity of searching for mulheres negras brasileiras (black Brazilian women) who use some type of chemical in their hair or have straight hair. I’ve never seen a story valuing these girls by their CHOICE, and like me there are several black who got the game on lock with straightened hair and very well understood with their personality. Straightened hair doesn’t define character and these women will not be less black because of this! Hair is a choice, today I’ve chosen to be straightened, tomorrow if I want I can be bald or have colorful braids.
Then let’s go to the 10 belas negras brasileiras alisadas e empoderadas (beautiful and straightened black Brazilian women) that you need to know!
1 – @anabeauty_
What can you say about this woman? Ana Bela Santos is a model and diva around the world on the catwalks and in fashion editorials. I hope to have the honor of running into this muse some day, beautiful and yes, she has straightened hair. Accept that it hurts less, society!
2 – @sknngns
Maria Caroline Paixão, from São Paulo, a fashion design student at the University of Istanbul and a model. What about this homegirl? This is how we treat each other, like homegirls. If there is love at first sight in friendships, I say that with Caroline that was what in fact happened. We are sisters separated at maternity hahahaha. Talented, intelligent, stylish, wonderful and Miss worldwide: this is the best description that I have for her!
We had a homegirl/homegirl chat about straightened, empowered black women and this was her opinion:
This talk that a straightened black woman is not empowered comes from the completely superficial idea that aesthetics is one of the pillars of empowerment. It’s a part, yes, but not all. Learning to love our features, hair, skin, is necessary because we grow up learning that it’s not something good, it’s ugly, it’s marginal, is synonymous with poverty. But you can’t talk about it without remembering that there are black women who simply can’t afford to take care of her hair naturally because of a lack of money, time, or even patience. There are pretas (black women) that need to straighten in order to work, which is my case and many other models, for example. Does this make our political commitment before a cacheada/crespa (curly/kinky haired woman)? No way. The black woman needs a lot in this world, not capillary rules. We need psychological support, need employment opportunities to enter universities, to travel, to have access to sexual education, and so on. If the movement is more preoccupied with hair than this, there’s something wrong with them, not with the preta who decided to keep her hair straightened – as long as it’s HER decision.
3 – @_linedias
Aline Dias is an actress and is the first black protagonist of (Globo TV series) Malhação. Only after 20 years did the station decide to put a black protagonist on. Laziness, Globo. But congratulations on this achievement, Aline, I’m sure it wasn’t easy to get where you are now. Yes, she is black and has straight hair!
4 – @julhastardust
Ju is in her last year of college studying Design. She’s beautiful, a person’s sweetheart. We’ve been migas (amigas, friends) on Instagram for some time and we had a chat about the relationship she has with her hair. She’s used chemical already a few years, and feels much more beautiful with her straight hair. In her childhood, some pretty cruel children practiced bullying on her, but it didn’t leave her shaken and much less ashamed of her cabelo crespo. “It was a matter of choice and taste to straighten it,” she said. Even today people deal with the most cliché question: “Why don’t you leave it natural?” And she answers, “I like it the way it is.” To complete the chat she said: “I love my straight hair, I feel much more beautiful with it this way and super support women who decide on this choice. A woman needs to feel good about herself, be it with braids, shaved or colored.”
5 – @junaconechni
Júlia Naconechi is the name of this pretty one here. I always see her putting close ups on Instagram, and of course she wouldn’t be off of that list! With her straight hair with bangs, she came here to show why she came into the world. A woman of attitude and personality! Of course, with straight and very well maintained hair.
6 – @mccaroldeniteroioficial
Caramba, I hit up on a goddess in my timeline! MC Carol from Niterói, what is there to say about this woman? The songs made by her reflect her personality and how she sees our society, which is well… nevermind! Beautiful, wonderful and straightened! Bring it all, my love!
7 – @camilanunesmakeup
I didn’t know Cami, I found her by chance on Instagram and thought she was wonderful. She knows these new styles of all the makeup for black skin. Comes here and make me up, beautiful one! Camila Nunes is a makeup artist, blogger, YouTuber and has beautiful, straight hair.
8 – @rafaelalow
Rafa Low: I found this woman’s charming smile through the internets of life. I found her beautiful, black and with cabelos lisos (straight hair). And this bangs? I’m a suspect for talking about bangs. #amo
9 – @laisribeiro
Lais Ribeiro, model and only angel of Victoria’s Secret. This beauty was discovered by a Beleza Mundial (World Beauty) contest and today getting some of the top work in the modeling world. The last job that Lais did and I loved was the new collection of Ricardo Ticci in collaboration with Nikelab.
10 – @by_thamires
I found Thami via the Instagram of @camilanunesmakeup – they are friends. Thami knows and is the word in top makeups brands. Imagine these two together? A makeup diva that has it on lock! Negra baphô (a black banger), beautiful and straight hair.
Afro representation doesn’t depend ONLY hair, but attitudes. To know the history of our ancestors and never forget where we came from is what matters. Let’s ACCEPT and RESPECT black women’s options, be it straightened hair, curly, bald, colorful, braided, whatever. Let’s respect.
Source: Lari Cunegundes