“Crowns of Color”: New Poster Series Celebrates Black Hair

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December 27, 2012 ‐ By Ann Brown
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Are you growing tired of the debate over natural hair versus chemically-treated tresses? Well, Andrea Pippins, a Baltimore-based graphic designer, is so frustrated by the ongoing question of whether women should go natural that she created a four-poster series of prints entitled “Crowns of Color” that not only celebrate natural hair, but all African-American hair choices.

It is all an effort to get black women to celebrate their hair whichever way they want  to wear it. “With all due respect, I am personally tired of the natural hair conversation in regards to one having to defend the choice to go natural, encouraging someone to go natural, or speaking to it from a place of political debate,” said Pippins in an interview with Colorlines Magazine [via Clutch Magazine]. “For me, the conversation has totally shifted. Although my work has always been about embracing natural hair it initially came from a place of, ‘You should do it, too.’ I don’t feel that way anymore.”

According to Pippins, hair should be to each her own. “I think women should be able to do what they want as they wish and that they express their beauty in a way that speaks to them. So now I really want to highlight and focus on how beautifully diverse, stylish, innovative and fun our hair really is. I will add though that the re-emergence of natural hair has elevated hair innovation and style to a whole other fabulous level,” she told Colorlines.

In the colorful posters Pippins created, she takes a lighthearted look at the hair debate. They series feature women with various hair styles– relaxed to natural.

What do you think of the posters?

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