Shaved slave women
The Shaved Slave: Susan's Story
You Can’t Take Our Crowns: The Impact Of Slavery On Black Women’s Hair
1 Jun Maite says byebye to hair.
Description:Many would spend hours, or even days, on their hair, using special combs and oils to form locks, plaits, and twists. The adornment of both the head and hair was an essential part of the dress, especially in West Africa, where most blacks in America have their origins. When slaves were captured, their hair was cut off, to begin the process of eradicating their sense of culture and identity. They were then given head-wraps to use as protection against harsh weather and the spread of head lice. When hair grew back, there was no time to form elaborate hairstyles. Initially, these head-wraps were given to both sexes but later were used exclusively by women.