Hair: Comin' for My Middle School Bullies
Season 1, Episode 8
Hey, friends! In this episode we're talking about hair. We draw on Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharp's Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America and an interview with Dr. Tanya Mears.
Before we give you the tl;dr (too long; didn't read), we phone -a-friend as our case study! We invited our friend Asha to discuss her "hair release ceremony," and Kohar and Iman reflect on being a part of such a special moment.
We discuss how much we love Byrd and Tharp's description of black hair as a subculture, complete with its own rituals and language. Kohar describes herself as coming from a long line of hairy people and has some choice words for her middle school bullies. Iman shares that doing friends' hair is how she shows them love and care.
As always, we close out with our half-baked thoughts. The segment where we share ideas we haven't fleshed out, but stand fully behind. You'll just have to listen to the episode to hear those.