Hair is an essential part of visual and cultural identity and this selection from our library explores representations of Black hair throughout art, fashion, and history. Hair discrimination has been one of the primary ways that Black people in colonized societies have been othered. Through the discursive knowledges of racialization that govern many of our collective social institutions, Black hair is made political. Here, various authors explore the subject of Black hair and its relationship to power, beauty, resistance, and identity.

silhouette of a Black woman facing right, against a light-grey background

Image Credit: uncoveredlens. ‘Charismatic young African American lady against cloudy sky.’ (2020)