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don't talk to me about Topher Brink. ever.
Plank Piece, 1973
Charles Ray"Ray was part of a wave of artists during the 1970s who addressed sculpture as an activity rather than as an object. In the iconic two-part photographic work Plank Piece the artist documents the use of his own body as the sculptural component. The static photograph belies the performative nature of the activity presented. Contrived through a complex balance between weight and gravity the artist suspended his body using only a plank of wood, creating a minimal, graphic image that is at once humorous and unsettling."
"Minerva McGonagall Potter I named you after the bravest person at Hogwarts. "
"Dad you named me after a girl."
“Listen son you talk like that around McGonagall you’ll get your ass handed to you turned into a goblet and be forced to drink from it.”
I’m whiter than white and my hair holds zero curls.
But I’m writing a character of mixed race. One of her grandparents is Japanese-American, two are African-American, and one is Anglo-American. She’s got kinky curls like so
Basically, I don’t know about this type of hair much at all. I actually have a biracial cousin whose hair looks very similar to this and I plan on asking her about it, but I also wanted to ask any of you guys who might be able to give me more of a writer-geared response.
How would my character need to care for hair like this? What affect would different regimens or no regimen have on her hair? If she brushed her hair out, what would happen? Is there anything that I may not think of/wouldn’t occur to me that I should keep in mind when writing a character with hair like this?
This is literally my hair type.
1. Black skin isn’t as oily as white people’s skin—on average. So, we don’t deal with oil buildup with our hair. We actually have to put oils IN our hair or our scalp gets dry and our hair brittle.
This means 3 things:
- We don’t have to wash our hair as often as white people. Imagine how your hair feels an hour after you wash it and its dried. Our hair feels that good and clean for like about 2-3 days before it starts to get the way your hair feels after a day and a half of not washing it.
- We need to put oil/products in our hair. Personally, I use Olive oil pretty regularly. But occasionally, I’ll put in coconut oil or shea butter instead. And if I’m feeling fancy as hell, I put in Jasmine oil.
- If we let our hair get brittle/we don’t pay attention to keeping it moisturized, it gets tangled SUPER quickly. And then starts breaking off.
2. We can’t just wake up and have it be in a perfect looking afro without work.
Our hair gets tangled and frizzy and needs to be managed. Imagine your worst hair day. You hair won’t lie down or do literally anything you want and its hella tangled. Our natural hair is like that at least once every 3 days. ESPECIALLY if it’s long like this girl’s is. Black girls deal with this in several ways.
- By getting elaborate braided styles.
- By getting a relaxer
- By getting braided in extensions
- By wearing it in an afro that they wash, blow dry and pick out every other morning.
- By shaving all their hair off
- By wearing wigs (though this is severely less common)
- By going to salons often
What we cannot do is just go to bed with our hair all curly and cute and wake up with it still looking curly and cute. If we go to bed without wrapping our hair in a scarf, we will wake up to a tangled annoying nest of curls. If we go to bed having wrapped our hair in a scarf, we will wake up with our hair mashed down worse than the most terrible of hat hair.
C’est La vie.
3. When brushing out those kind of curls, they tend to look something like this:
Of course my hair is a lot shorter than hers in this picture because this was taken years ago. But, if brushed, her hair texture would look something like this.
Some hair suggestions I would give for how you deal with her hair:
- Have her braiding it/getting it braided
- if she’s in a post-apocalyptic/dire environment, She’d probably shave it off, or make it into dreadlocks.
- If she’s wearing it natural like in the picture, talk about her picking it out or combing it attentively etc.