You’ve probably noticed the #BlackHairChallenge taking over your social media feeds, but the empowering message behind the now-viral hashtag is also significant.
— red (@AarynChristine) May 27, 2017
Twitter user @melaninmamis created the social media challenge to encourage people of color to share photos of themselves rocking various hairstyles.
— Melanin Mamis (@melaninmamis) May 26, 2017
— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) May 27, 2017
Many people used the hashtag as an opportunity to show off their natural hair, which is, frustratingly, still deemed “inappropriate” or “distracting” in some work spaces and in school settings.
— Nneoma (Nne) (@NnesCorner) May 27, 2017
Others uploaded photos of their buzzed haircuts or their stylish braids to showcase the beauty and versatility of black hair.
— Kiya 🍭 (@makiyajanae) May 26, 2017
Scroll down to see a few examples of the #BlackHairChallenge that prove why this hashtag is so poignant.
— Toni (@t0nit0ne) May 26, 2017
— eo (@eeoij) May 27, 2017
— saint jus 🌺 (@oceanjus) May 27, 2017
— 🐻 (@blkenchantress) May 27, 2017