As a mother to two bi-racial children (1 boy and 1 girl) living between Kingston, Jamaica and Brooklyn/New-York (US), I find I get two distinct reactions to my children's natural hair depending on our location. In Brooklyn, words that have been used to describe my children's hair include: beautiful, fun, awesome. In Jamaica, the words are: untidy, unkept, unruly. It has been suggested that I keep my son's hair "low" meaning shaved close to the scalp. My daughter's hair is always described as being "uncombed" which I have come to interpret as "unbraided" because it is certainly combed and styled every morning.
Different culture, different perception.Corey, 40's, Jamaica-New-York
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