Hair History Lesson: 9 People Who Taught Me About The Depth Of Hair In Kenya

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Photo Credit: Marsha B.

One observation that I made while in Kenya is that some of the most beautiful women in the country had no hair on their head. In Africa, a shaved head has many meanings. Some Kenyan tribes uphold the tradition of cutting a girl’s hair from her toddler years. Some schools mandate their female population to shave their head so that the attention is redirected to their studies, rather than their appearance.

This young lady’s features are amplified due to her short hair. During the times that I visited the children at the Arise and Shine School, I had a hard time telling some of the girls from the boys. If they were dressed in pants or shorts, it was easy for me to misgender a child, based on their haircut.

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