School won’t expel girl over Natural Afro Hair

A U Turn on the hair ‘fight’ appears to be in sight

Private school administrators appear to be backing down of forcing an African-American 12 year old to cut and shape her hair–or face expulsion.


Vanessa VanDyke, 12, with her ‘distracting’ natural hair

I find it hard to believe that in 2013 a church school considers brushed natural afro type hair to be a distraction.

Brave intelligent Vanessa said, “”It says that I’m unique. First of all, it’s puffy and I like it that way. I know people will tease me about it because it’s not straight. I don’t fit in.”

Watch the full news report here: via School won’t expel girl over hair.

Got to take my hat off to Vanessa and her African-American mother (who wears a standard European hair type wig), and her white father, for making a stand. No doubt their actions has created a well needed debate not just in the USA but around the world, as and where similar negative views and a lack of understanding of natural afro hair, are held by both white and black people alike.

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4 thoughts on “School won’t expel girl over Natural Afro Hair

  1. Tho this may seem on the surface to be just about a societal attack on natural hair I see this as more of a societal issue. This is about people learning and understanding that there is a time and place for everything a lesson which seems lost these days. Vanessa has lovely natural hair and if it were washed , moisturized and put in a ‘natural’ and ‘neat’ style that was appropriate for school I’d hope that the administration would be fine with that. However it seems these days its about ‘pushing the envelope’. Pouffing and teasing up afro hair to go to school is just innapropriate. Its school. Its not a party, its not a concert. Vanessa’s mother needs to teach her daughter that there are rules , regulations and an appropriate venue for pouffed and teased hair. School is not the place. For so many reasons , starting with the consideration for other children who MAY have to sit behind her in a class of 4 to 5 foot tall persons.

    • An argument could be: Her hair is the way it’s supposed to be. Why should she ‘tame’ it? Afro hair is ‘normal’ it’s ‘frizzy’. Why should she have to conform to European standards of ‘neat’ could be the question.

  2. My child is growing the exact same type of hair. Father from Africa ( Zimbabwe) and myself from Europe ( Czech Republic). Reading this post is just waking up the rebel in me and hoping for her to have her hair as big as possible to stand out from the crowd. Saying that, she is very likely to be homeschooling so we may have no one to challenge eventually anyway…

    • Yes I would feel the same as you. The truth is having ‘afro’ type hair of a length out on a daily basis can be hard work, and like any hair is not practical in all situations, but to object because you don’t like the texture is unacceptable. Either everyone has to have their hair tied away or nobody. Good for you!!! I had a look at your site and you do have some beautiful kids by the way :-)

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