I was a motherless, homeless teen.
During the darkest period of my life, when I needed someone to take me in, I was often turned away because people were scared that my coarse, thick hair had lice in it.
To help alleviate the doubt, I kept my hair short, really short for years. Living as a guest in people’s homes, I learned to keep it as stress-free as possible for my hosts.
When Matthew Cherry’s movie, ‘Hair Love’ released last year, I was so deeply touched. I cried. I laughed. I sighed.
Hair plays such a big role in all our lives and to watch the dad in the movie be suspicious of it, fear it and then conquer it warmed my heart–although I didn’t have that happy ending, my heart wishes it for every child in difficult circumstances.
The Indian community has a lot in common with the black community–hair complications just being one of them. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you can watch it below…
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