Headwraps are a hair staple for many black women, and for good reason. Whether they’re worn to save us from a bad hair day, as a cultural marker, or to make a bomb-ass fashion statement, headwraps always come through.
They’re not just an U.S., y old accessory, though. Headwraps have a complex and politicized history in the U. S., that’s not commonly discussed.
A new clip from Racked, unpacks the story of the headwrap, from it’s early use as a means of subjugating black women, to its transformation into a symbol of pride and resistance.
Headwraps carry more than just hair, their history is incredibly multilayered—just like the women who rock them.
Watch the clip here.