Fanon’s decolonization applies to all of the European controlled countries. There is a movement of ‘natural hair’ among colored women. It is the celebration of one’s natural roots through appearance- the decolonization of mainstream culture in regards to women. By letting hair grow naturally without chemical treatment to make it straight and long, women reject the European ideal of what women should look like. Even in professional settings, women have been expected to “do their hair” because an afro or huge curly hair is ‘too distracting’/’unprofessional’/’unattractive’. Colonization has set the standards for what is acceptable and the social norm. A recent story in the news has astounded bloggers who support the acceptance of self and one’s roots- a young girl threatened of suspension by the school because of her afro (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2513893/Florida-girl-threatened-expulsion-afro-hair.html). It is such a ‘violation of the dress code’ to look how she naturally does, enforcing the colonized ideal of straight hair. It is a disgrace that such a simple aspect of African/Caribbean/ POC (People of Color)’s appearance is discriminated against. Decolonization can take place in all aspects of what the colonized lives by, as we can see even one’s appearance will cause controversy and motivate change.
The story motivated the creation of this poem by Elle Varner: