Most Black women take great pride in the upkeep of their hair. Many endure weekly visits to beauty salons, and wait patiently for hours as their hair is washed, set, dried and styled and even endure a bit of discomfort with hopes that the final product that sits atop their head looks like a crown.
Due to the delicate texture of most manes of the African diaspora, a method of protection, what many Black women call “protective styling” is also necessary. These methods often include braids, wigs, weaves, or any style that allows a woman to give her tresses a rest from combing and other styling procedures that often damages the hair. These styles are especially popular in the summer when humidity may destroy and frizz a polished hairstyle.