The African American hairstyle, particularly, the “afro” gained popularity in the 1960’s. It has become a defining symbol for 1960’s and 1970’s. The hairstyle was a symbol for African Americans who struggled to gain equality in American Society.
The hairstyle basically extends out to form a ball look. The longer the hair grows the larger the bigger the ball becomes. The natural curls and the way African American hair grows helps to achieve the hairstyle.
While today’s afro often looks stylish and fashionable, the afro of yesterday wasn’t meant to be a fashion statement. The afro was a political statement, it was a ideological statement and it was a cultural statement. The afro showed the world that African Americans were proud of their heritage and their African roots. The afro demonstrated that African Americans didn’t adhere to beauty standards of only straight hair. African Americans were proud of the natural qualities and tendencies of their curly hair. With the afro, African Americans were able to take a stand against society and stood up for their race.
Now the African American look has evolved and gained more acceptance, even with some White Americans. Today’s Afro blends political statement and personal style. And, while the afro doesn’t always signify the battle for equality anymore, it does scream individuality and pride.