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“I AM NOT MY HAIR”: Dove is Fighting to End Black Hair Discrimination — and You Can, Too!

“I am not this hair // I am not this skin // I am the soul that lives within.” -poem by Rumi — Photo by Jon Rou

Black hair is beautiful, and wonderfully versatile. We can wear our hair straight or curly; kinky, wavy, knotted, braided, plaited, loc’d, short, long, bobbed…the options are endless.

Still, Black women and girls are often subjugated to societal pressures to conform to beauty standards fostered by outdated prejudices about what’s…




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