COVID-19 has changed our lives on every level. For many Black women, it’s caused them to have a more hands-on approach with their hair-care. We spoke to eight Black women to find out how they’re taking care of their hair while salons are closed, how their relationship with their hair has changed, and what styles they’re looking forward to getting once they feel it’s safe to go to the salon.
For Black women, hair is major. Songs have been written, documentaries have been made, and even laws continue to be enacted that impact the relationship we have with our hair. To say that it spurs worldwide conversation is an understatement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended and changed the way we care for our hair. Since salons and beauty supply stores remain closed in several states (though many are in the process of re-opening), Black women have had to get creative. With the help of YouTube tutorials and TikTok videos, women are learning how to execute the styles they may have previously gone to a professional for. Box braids, sew-ins, and twists have been the go-to looks for some women under lockdown, while others have chosen to accomplish the one thing that they’ve always wanted to do: go natural.