In Jamaica where the black/white racial mixture goes back many generations, it isn’t unusual for natural-born siblings to look very light skinned and very dark skinned and everything in between. And in many of those families the kid with the straightest hair knows they “lucked out” and got the “good hair.”
Having good hair meant you were set for life. You could wash and wear your hair. You could toss your hair over your shoulders with ease. And you didn’t have to panic on a humid, or God forbid, rainy day.
If you weren’t blessed with good hair, you would become intimately familiar with the hot comb, lots of heavy grease, and – the worst – Jaffrey’s hair straightening cream! Weather could be your friend or foe but could not be ignored.
Thankfully, the standard of what good hair looks like has changed and so many women of color are embracing their curls. Today Gunga Peas Books is celebrating deliciously bouncy, curly, and kinky good hair!