Natural hair in Mexico

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Whenever you think of a Mexican person, what comes to mind is always a person who has more European features, very light skin and long black hair. What most people don’t know is that a good amount of Mexico’s population is black or Afro-Mexican. The term Afro-Mexican means that they are indeed Mexican but their ancestors hail from Africa.

Now that I’ve explained that black people can also be Mexican, an issue popped into my mind. Being that black people in Mexico are “forgotten” and surely face their own forms of racism, hardships and exclusion, I wonder if natural hair is accepted in Mexico? Has the movement made its way to those communities? Do Afro-Mexicans feel free to wear their hair as it grows out of their scalps or do they conform to match the other races in Mexico?

For more information on Afro-Mexicans, go to this website.

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5 thoughts on “Natural hair in Mexico

  1. Yes, Mexico has a large population of people that are of African descent. In fact, more enslaved were shipped of to Mexico, than to the USA. The first president of Mexico was a black man. Like a lot of people of African descent in Latin America, Afro Mexicans face that they are being “erased” from history. There is a good documentary series on YT about is. Just search for “Black in Latin America (Mexico and Peru)” by Louis Gates jr

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