R&B and soul singer, india.arie, sang the hit, "I Am Not My Hair," to remind us that we're more than what we are on the outside. I love the song but I've always wondered if her words were entirely true. In my experiences, when you comb someone's hair, their confidence is boosted, their smile seems brighter, their walk appears straighter. After all, image is everything. Right?
Then, there are biblical references and cultural pacts that speak to the symbolic power in a person's hair. It's their crown. Their glory. Their strength, like Samson's in the book of Judges. Samson was tricked into thinking that Delilah cared for him, so he let down his guard and was deceived, much like the players of a wrestling team who have been inveigled into thinking they will have better lives if they cut off their locs. If you look closely, though, you'll see that there's more to it than meets the eye. Isn't there?
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