I Felt Beautiful, But You Made Me Feel Different

Beauty

There are hair rites of passage in Black women’s lives: the first salon appointment, the first treatment, the first blow out, the big chop, the natural transition, the weave, and the braid up. And then, of course, there’s the first moment of isolation and feeling of other from those who don’t understand the history, the richness, and the texture of Black hair and the stories it tells. ELLE.com brought together 20 women telling their hair stories—from a beauty editor whose middle school principal scolded her for wearing braids to an engineer swarmed at a party by a handsy “Can I touch your hair?” crowd. Listen to what they have to say.


Eunice’s Story


Ashley’s Story


Chloe’s Story



Illustration: Joelle Avelino
Editor: Shu-Ying Chung
Motion Art Director: Alina Petrichyn
Animation: Lindsey Flood
Sound Recordists: Kameron Key & Thomas Jezik

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

5 Pieces to Keep Your Head Nice and Toasty While Running
Inside Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s Relationship of 4 Years: ‘They Have Spoken About Their Future Together’
Cyber Monday Brings a Treasure Trove of Fitness Deals You Have to See to Believe
The Southeast Gift Guide
It’s Probably Time for a Neck Skincare Routine

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *