Ever since Madame C.J. Walker’s revolutionary hair products, black women have had the option of wearing styles other than their natural kinks and curls. I grew up seeing black women rock long, straight hair, and I loved it. I thought it suited them well, and I never thought that an image of a European woman was to blame. I didn’t really make the connection until individuals noticed the tendency for black women with chemically-altered hairstyles to sacrifice money, exercise and time to ensure their hair is always perfect. Some saw that and thought the world of hot combs and sew-ins was a form of mental slavery in the minds of those who felt another culture’s beauty was better than theirs.