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Thoughts on this: Laying edges is steeped in white supremacy culture and the erasure of natural Black hair.

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Im just tryna stroke and chill today relax

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A lot if it boils down to texturism. But I’d also say it’s misogynoiristic to call this out & not name “waves” as well. They’re part of the same boat There are also some nuances we can apply to understand these practices intra vs extra community.

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Idk about all that, but seeing laid edges with a natural style does throw me off sometimes. Wear your 4c crown proudly. Your baby hairs don't have to be 2a. 🥴

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Woke up and chose violence

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OP I know you didn’t write the article and are just opening discussion. Don’t worry. But my piece: this is like saying brushing your hair is an act of assimilation lol. Black people need to lighten up and stop thinking about these things 24/7

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Eh I find other things more pressing to think about. While it may have started out that way given the prevalence of relaxing ones hair in the 70’s…hair now is very much a personal statement. Laid edges could also very well be a form of artistic expression or quite frankly preference. I think this falls into the category of: do you want to style your edges? Do you boo. Do you not want to style your edges? Do you boo. Tis all.

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No❤️

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I think black culture is so much more than our hair. Black women have “the eve gene” so technically we can have all colors and textures naturally. I love Issa Rae’s hair and Beyoncés. I also like well done weaves Let’s not forget Rosa parks and Coretta King had “laid” edges 🤷🏽‍♀️

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The eve gene 🧬 yes! you casually dropping profound ish!

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I’m a 4C queen and honestly not doing my edges has made them fuller and I have real baby hair that’s curly now around my edges so it’s no need to sleek them down.

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As someone who has lots of baby hair which lays very easily and also 4C hair… I’ve been doing this with my fingers and light aloe Vera gel since I was a girl…I *think* I see what you are getting at. The way it is being laid now looks 100% crazy - very unnatural and forced. It’s part of texturizm which has a clear line of sight to white supremacy. Can’t have “nappy” edges. Am I on point with my interpretation

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I don’t think so. I just really hate the way laid edges look. lol

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I agree. It looks terrible also. My edges are fuzzy but that’s my hair so I embrace it

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Okay I wouldn't say it looks terrible

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I don’t care what it steeped in, it looks nice and I love to stroke it hahaha 🤣 and if this is the most threatening aspect of white supremacy culture to you, I’ll take it .

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Author… I think this bowl appreciates post that inform and provoke though Thank you

I agree with you! I always say I don’t lay my edges bc why should I? That’s how my hair is why should I struggle to have them slick down. If people wanna do it they can but I def think it ties to white supremacy and European beauty standards (although I do think it has become apart of our culture).

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Gotta ask them 🤷🏾‍♀️

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For reference, here’s the article I read that inspired the question: https://www.womenfortheculture.com/beauty-queen/laying-your-edges-an-act-of-assimilation/

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I say mind the business that pays you. Why does what someone else do with their edges even have to be up for debate?

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