The smell of chemicals and hair dye fill the room. Pieces of cut hair are scattered across the tile floor. The ringing bell sounds as customers enter the salon. Magazines and products are in the front for people to grab and keep them busy. The loud sound of cutting hair enters my ears.
Hairstyles for women have changed tremendously over the past years, since 2010 to 2018. Many of these styles have made lots of women more confident and happy, and others not as much. A lot of these “trends” have made men more or less attracted to their girlfriend or wife, depending on the way they changed their hair.
“I think the best generation of women’s hairstyles was in 2017.” - Braeden Davis. In 2017, hairstyles ranged from space buns and stylish bobs to long, wavy hair. Ombré was also a big trend in this year, with girls dying their locks top to bottom shading from dark to light. This year, along with 2017, were the ones that started accepting women of color with natural hair. In the years before, natural hair wasn’t really accepted in society and black women were frequently pressured into perming, straightening, and blow drying their hair to make it “pretty.”
“2012 or 2011 were definitely the worst years of hairstyles.” - Naomi Boone. Back in this era, many young women would have a bang covering over one of their eyes. There was also many short, sort-of pixie cut looks. Lots of middle aged women cut their hair shorter, such as P!nk, Miley Cyrus, and Halle Berry.
“In my opinion, 2018 is going to be the year for a new, fresh look in women’s hair.”
Are they really that important?
America has always been known as a melting pot. If one goes to major cities like NYC and LA, they’ll find people from almost every corner of the earth. In a place so diverse, it seems almost wrong for certain races and cultures to stake their claim over something as simple as a hairstyle or article of clothing.
Cultural appropriation doesn’t seem like a big problem, and it shouldn’t be. In fact, the only issue that arises from it is letting minorities police and harass the majority. Minorities have the right to fight for their rights, but as soon as majority races explore their cultures, it is as though the world has come to an end.
In the defense of white people, how else are they supposed to understand a culture without trying out parts of it? For example, people like Kendall Jenner should be allowed to occasionally wear a hijab, because then maybe people like her would understand what it’s like to be a Muslim woman in society. Maybe letting others take part of someone’s culture will finally allow them to understand what us minorities go through. After all, we’ll never know if we never try.
To add to this, cultural appropriation never seems to exist if the person isn’t white. For example, when minority people, such as Beyonce dressing up in South Asian style clothing, it isn’t a big problem. Therefore, why should the term and the problems that come with it even exist? People should be allowed to wear whatever they want, even if it’s without understanding. It’s their choice, and if we’re not going to stop all types of people from taking parts other cultures for their own benefit, then why stop anyone at all? At the end of the day, at least that culture was semi-acknowledged.
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