Monday, 27 May 2013

Beauty Myths about Black Women

Written by Sade Adebayo
It has been a while since I last published from a contributor, my apologies to those who have sent and I failed to publish. I must have explained why in my mail to you. I dont do Lewd, profane or tribal/racial articles. I will work around almost anything else. 
Got this today, and I liked it, so thought to share. 

Thanks for sharing Sade!

Ethnic beauty is something that is unique and with its uniqueness also brings many myths on just how these women manage to maintain such an elegant, young faced and  feminine look. There are many urban legends, beliefs  and ‘rules’ that are associated with the beauty of black women, but which is fact and which is fiction?
There are few books about beauty that can be bought even with not a lot of money to understand the real meaning of beauty such as : The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women,that you can easily find on any second-hand websites like this one.

Black Don’t Crack
One very popular urban myth is that black skin is not  as prone to wrinkles and ageing such as other ethnics like Caucasian women, who are more susceptible to develop fine lines and spots . One could argue that yes, it is true that darker skin contains a larger amount of melanin which does help in preventing aging. Melanin is also a natural UV protector, meaning that it is harder for women of an African descent to burn, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t.  Sun protection is one of the last things that black women tend to take into consideration but over time, it is proven that being in direct sunlight can cause burning and peeling, resulting in uneven skin tones and blemishes.

Verdict – Fiction

Blonde hair is a no go
It is believed by many that blonde hair is a definite no when it comes to black women. Blonde hair on black women is seen as un natural and is something that if tried, can be nearly impossible to pull off. This however, is not necessarily true. Everybody, no matter what skin tone, is able to pull off a blonde look. The important aspect and the key to getting it right is to know your skin tones first. As the majority of black women have darker under tones, it would be advisable, with the use of highlights,  to go for a honey or strawberry blonde, rather than a platinum or ash blonde, making it easier to blend in the lighter tones with the natural hair colour. Blonde hair can actually work really well with the beautiful golden under tones of dark skin.

Verdict – Fiction

2Dirt Don’t Hurt
A very popular, and in many ways a partly true aspect of this urban myth is that black women do not need to wash their hair regularly. The true part is that black hair is full of natural oils that really help in maintaining healthy hair and if it is over washed, can result in the removal of these vital oils, causing the hair become brittle and dry. However, the myth that ‘dirt makes your hair grow’ is in fact false. Product build up and dirt clogs pores and is in no way beneficial in keeping the scalp and hair in good condition. Black hair should be washed around every 7-10 days.

Verdict - Fiction

3The Tighter the Braid, The Better
Black hair can tend to be difficult to style and control, so the use of braiding really can be a glimmer of hope to those who would like an easier and struggle free lifestyle. One of the main rules that many African women tend to believe is that by braiding the hair tightly , this will result in the style lasting significantly longer and looking ten times better, for the meanwhile. This type of braiding is likely to cause hair loss and scarring and over time will damage the hair and the scalp. With hair loss being a hereditary problem with black women as it is, tight hair styles will eventually catch up on you.

Verdict – Fiction

4Neon Make up is another No Go
The use of neon make up is all down to contrast and it is no secret that by adding a few swipes of a hot pink or silver shadow on a darker complexion will stand out significantly as opposed to being applied to a lighter skinned woman. This however, does not mean that the use of neon colours on a dark skin complexion is a no go. Neon colours on dark skin complexions can be pulled off really well as the neon’s contrast against the skin colour intensifies pigmentation. A great tip would be to focus on one feature rather than multiples, such as the eyes of the lips and keeping the rest of the face neutral.

Verdict - Fiction

Ethnic beauty is something that should be embraced and flaunted, if you are someone who follows these myths, try a different approach and see how it works for you.

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