|BLEACHING CREAM (for Skin)|
First of all, tell me my pun wasn’t clever. You know you like that! Yes, my use of “/” was intentional. We’re talking about Bleaching, as in skin bleaching, and you know there’s bleaching cream, BUT we’re also talking talking about Cream, as in hair cream! Hold the applause, I know, I know, it’s a such a simple pun, but its brilliant… Okay, you can applaud a little 🙂
But seriously, if you missed the #AllAngles special hosted by Dionne Jackson-Miller (@djmillerJA) you neeeeed to see it to get the context of the debate that has ensued since airing (June 19, 2013) on TVJ.
You can watch the special here ——> BLEACHING SPECIAL
Since the airing of the programme, a fierce debate has ensued about Bleaching of the skin, versus Creaming of the hair, as now persons are saying that those who ridicule skin bleaching, need to ridicule women who relax their hair or wear weaves as well, because it’s the same thing!
At first, I was like “seriously? Dem really goin’ come wid this?” I was having none of it. My initial comment to a post on Facebook that supported the view that bleaching (skin) and creaming (hair) is pretty much the same was this:
“Yeah u chemically changing something, but the reasons for it in some cases are different. Its not always cuz its perceived to look better, sometimes the hair is too hard to manage for some ladies. I see ur view still, but I don’t think its the same. Bleaching destroys their skin, relaxing doesn’t destroy the hair if cared properly. My two cents. I’m not for or against relaxing still.”
It was soooo ironic, but this argument started on Saturday with my cousin, or some form of it, as our fam was talking about natural hair vs processed hair and this
cult exodus so many girls are in right now going back to their roots. Who knew Dionne’s bleaching special would bring the discussion back?
Anywho, I was greeted by the following tweet later on this morning (Jun 20, 2013) by my friend and blogmate Keneice:
For those who are against the creaming of the hair and are of the view that persons who do it are in the same category as bleachers, that’s cool. To each his/her own. I don’t agree, but we all think differently.
This comment by someone on Facebook is pretty much the conclusion of the whole matter:
“From what I saw on tv all the bleachers said they were proud of their black skin but is a ‘likkle more opportunity’ or ‘fashion and style’ them do it fah…. Tbh [to be honest] most people who relax their hair use a similar justification system, you know ‘my hair too hard fi manage’ or ‘a kyah brush mi have”…. They say they proud of their blackness still enuh but you know.. is just fashion and style. The effects of a relaxer are pretty damaging as well, but you know by now how to not get so damaged by it, just maybe a one and two scalp burrn here and there but ntn too much like your hair falling out or w.e
Anyways its people body fi do w.e with it and they justify their decisions so it make sense to them and it shouldn’t matter to anyone else”
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