Hair Today, gone tomorrow

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/31/marthas-vineyard-holiday-homes-barack-obama

Any idea who the woman with the short hair is?

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4 Responses to Hair Today, gone tomorrow

  1. haiti222 says:

    That is one of the biggest issues in black women’s lives, whether to have natural hair, hair processed in one way or another, often chemically, or to use wigs or other methods to augment your natural hair that is not processed, and often kept hidden. It has work implications, as well, as natural hair has not been considered acceptable. A variety of ways to process or add hair are mentioned here: http://www.glamour.com/story/fake-hair-your-guide-to-hair-extensions-clip-in-extensions-weaves-wigs

    Pictures of many of the ways to wear natural hair are here: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/21-popular-natural-hairstyles/

    Michelle is of a generation where wearing natural hair is considered ground breaking or an act of breaking free, especially in her public position as the first lady. She is probably wearing wigs for being in public, and took it off for this vacation. One of my friends noted that when she went to flight attendant school for Southwest in the late ’80s, the black women were required to have short hair and wear wigs during the training because the natural hair was unacceptable, and the wigs were the only way to get ready fast enough in the boot-camp like atmosphere of the flight attendant school.

    There is a practical aspect to this, and it has been a subject of controversy in the military. In 2014, the current administration put out rules for black hair that were changed because of their being unrealistic.

    http://time.com/3107647/military-black-hairstyles/

    https://bellatory.com/hair/Being-Natural-In-the-Military-How-to-Keep-Your-Hair-In-Regs

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Thanks for writing. This is an issue that makes me sad, but at the same time I feel helpless to change it. Black women must be under intense daily social pressure that I can’t begin to understand. As I’ve gotten older and taken no steps to cover that up, I increasingly get pushback in social interactions. Chemical hair straighteners and hair extensions seem pretty extreme, but people do what they’re gonna do.

      If that was Michelle, what surprised me was how sad she looked and how her hair is thinning out. I think I mentioned this before, but maybe a year ago, I asked my female friend from California what would happen if Donald Trump stopped trying to cover up his hair situation and showed up at a press conference with a shiny head. She quickly agreed he would drop 20 points in the polls. Human nature is pretty hard to change.

  2. briand75 says:

    Interesting. Usher the family off to the mansion for the vacation. I don’t see the golf clubs anywhere.

    Michelle has that Oprah thing working. When not in full makeup regalia, the look is quite different.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Carrying the golf clubs is the job of the Secret Service slaves.

      Is that Michelle? I was trying to ask on the snide. If that is her, it should put an end to any jokes about Donald Trump’s hair.

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