The Texture Phenomenon
Afro curly is the first hair texture on planet earth, but why do most people see it as boutique? or niche? Why is Afro-curly hair given the fourth position in most Black people’s typing systems?
The subject of Afro tresses, is not only a profitable industrial juggernaut, but it has everything within it to address the fullness of pop-culture’s wokeness spectrum of what is wanted. What the future holds in regards to humanness being perceived in a kaleidoscope of similarities not differences.
Until recently, curly hair was not spoken about in the tone of Ancestors. Afro-curly hair due to its mother position and as the genetic precursor for the blueprint of hair as we know it, the SDMNEWS publisher began her quest for a new education experience called the AFRO Hair Summit. It all started with a woman named Ladosha Wright, who’s vision matched with the publisher’s. First, starting with their podcast “The Dumbest Shit People Say About Black People’s Hair”, since it hit, the podcast hit, it has been a major binge obsession, the vision of the summit idea was born.
“The reason we believe Afro curly hair deserves a scientific voice, is because humans are scientific and if you think human are fascinating the first ones should be placed in this scientific picture as the parents of our human family, as we value all our bio-parents and relatives.” Says Cheryl Morrow.
Cosmetology boards across this nation are attacking the vital education and learning opportunities about the arts and sceinces of Afro-curly hair, but most importantly, with legislators tampering with it’s hours of training, as most states like georgia are expanding training facilities like “Cop City” Cosmetology boards cannot or will not see the great advantage of all people learning how to do Afro curly hair.
In this photo: In 1969 Dr. Willie Morrow is training stylist and barbers in Berlin, how to hold an Afro comb and handle, cut, and style Afro hair.
Curly hair, with its distinct coils and waves, has captivated our fascination for centuries. While some may perceive it as a mere aesthetic feature, curly hair holds a remarkable evolutionary story. The survival and prevalence of curly hair across diverse populations suggest that there may be more to it than meets the eye. In this article, we will explore the adaptive advantage of curly hair, shedding light on the fascinating ways in which natural selection has favored this dominant phenotypic trait.
The Evolutionary Significance of Curly Hair:
To understand the adaptive advantage of curly hair, we must consider its origins and the environments in which our ancestors lived. It is believed that curly hair evolved in response to specific environmental conditions, such as high humidity and intense sunlight. The unique structure of curly hair provides several benefits that aid in human survival.
Enhanced Heat Regulation:
Curly hair, with its characteristic twists and turns, creates a layer of insulation that helps regulate body temperature. The natural curls create pockets of air that act as insulation, keeping the scalp cool in hot climates and minimizing heat loss in colder environments. This adaptive advantage allowed our curly-haired ancestors to thrive in diverse habitats.
Protection Against UV Radiation:
The tightly packed curls of curly hair provide a natural barrier against harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The twists and turns of the hair fibers create more surface area, effectively blocking and dispersing UV rays. This protection reduces the risk of sunburn, skin damage, and potentially lethal conditions like skin cancer.
Improved Moisture Retention:
Curly hair has a unique ability to retain moisture. The natural bends and kinks in the hair strands slow down the evaporation of moisture from the scalp and hair, preventing dehydration in arid environments. This adaptation allowed individuals with curly hair to conserve precious water resources and endure extended periods without access to water.
Facilitation of Sweat Dispersal:
In hot and humid climates, curly hair aids in the dispersal of sweat. The coiled structure of curly hair helps sweat evaporate more efficiently by increasing the surface area and promoting air circulation around the scalp. This natural cooling mechanism helped regulate body temperature and reduce the risk of overheating.
Tactile Sensitivity and Sensory Perception:
The tight coils of curly hair have been suggested to enhance tactile sensitivity. The numerous nerve endings located near the hair follicles provide a heightened sensory perception, allowing individuals with curly hair to better sense their environment. This heightened sensitivity may have offered an advantage in detecting subtle changes in temperature, air currents, or the presence of insects or predators.
Curly hair is more than just a unique and beautiful trait; it is an adaptation shaped by the forces of natural selection. The enhanced heat regulation, protection against UV radiation, improved moisture retention, facilitation of sweat dispersal, and increased tactile sensitivity all contribute to the adaptive advantage of curly hair. These advantages allowed our curly-haired ancestors to navigate and survive in diverse environments across the globe.
As we celebrate the natural beauty of curly hair today, it is essential to recognize its rich evolutionary history. Understanding the adaptive advantages of curly hair helps us appreciate the intricate relationship between our genetic makeup and the environments in which our ancestors thrived. So, the next time you admire a head full of curls, remember that beneath those mesmerizing coils lies a testament to human resilience and the remarkable journey of natural selection.
- Jablonski, N.G. (2006). Skin: A Natural History. University of California Press.
- Manning, J.T. et al. (1998). Fluctuating asymmetry, sexual selection, and human reproductive success. Evolution and Human Behavior, 19(4), 253-268.
- Nissimov, J
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