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Black Women Don’t Have to Look ‘Perfect’ All the Time

It’s okay if your edges aren’t laid.

Black woman covering face with a hand, standing in a field of tall grass.
Photo: Ricaldo Donaldson/Pexels

When I was a small child, I spent every morning on the floor watching cartoons while my momma secured my hair in tight braids wound with hard plastic bobos and fastened with butterfly-shaped barrettes. All of my outfits were perfectly color-coordinated and pressed free of any wrinkles. I was explicitly told not…




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