I Cut My Waist-Length Black Hair, and My Mother Took It Very Personally

We need to take the pressure off of Black women’s hair

Casira Copes
ZORA
Published in
10 min readFeb 3, 2021

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I have good hair.

At least, that’s what I was told growing up. Thick, long, and fried straight to the point where it didn’t actually matter what my curl pattern was — no one ever saw my curls anyway. Throughout the entirety of…

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