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“Black Brazilians are ditching hair straighteners and white standards of beauty”


Women in Brazil are also moving to natural hair and abandoning “white standards of beauty.” According to the Washington Post,

Bruna Aparecida smiled cautiously at her reflection as a hairdresser snipped the last strands of her straight hair. Her head was crowned with curls.

“I didn’t know myself without straight hair,” said Aparecida, 27, who used chemical relaxers for nearly a decade before deciding to go natural. She used to be the only black woman at the bank where she works who had kinky hair. Today, she is one of six.

“It’s all the rage this year,” she said. “Many of my friends are doing it.” (


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