Various forms of burgundy and fire engine red “hood” hair

“Burgundy. Please, God, tell me I have not inspired something burgundy. Red. Red. *Red*. *Red*, Charlie boy. *Red*! Is the color of sex! Burgundy is the color of hot water bottles! “ – Chiwetel Ejiofor as Lola in Kinky Boots

Neither is the color of hair in my opinion.  Burgundy and Red (fire engine red) hair is cute when you are a teenager and don’t have to worry about job interviews.  When you are expressing you individual sense of style and letting the world know you are different, it’s cool.  But, burgundy hair can be likened to Mohawk cuts with blue tips.  It’s extreme, even if you have it in a ponytail or a bun.  The number one reason is that burgundy and bright red hair doesn’t grow out of anyone’s scalp naturally.  Especially African Americans.  I’m not one to promote assimilation hair care, I don’t have a perm.  I actually think they cause cancer…all that chemical that regularly, that close to the brain…but whatever.  My problem there are people who will make your hair color a superficial reason to have a problem with you.  For example, a superficial reason not to hire you to represent their company.  This happens with piercings, tattoos, hair styles, unattractiveness (in the eye of the beholder), age discrimination, weight discrimination, etc.  Hell, some HR director may pass you up because your booty is too big…and you know black folk got booty.

Anyway, wear your hair anyway you like, just be mindful that your hair sends a message.  You should define and be aware of what that message is instead of just picking something that your friends think is cute.

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2 Responses to Various forms of burgundy and fire engine red “hood” hair

  1. Alana

    I have my hair it’s regular color at the moment because my color grew out yes I am a teenager and, when I had my color a teacher made a comment about weaves and their colors to me so I completely agree. I enjoy my color and being different the only problem I see with burgundy or bright red hair is that people make automatic assumptions when they see it. I live in a upper middle class family an honor student and not wild at all and have been called a hoodrat based on my hair.

  2. Janet Barclay

    I went to see Mary J. Blige in concert awhile back. It was at an outdoor theater so people paid more to sit up close and less to sit on the “grassy knoll”. It surprised me to see that the farther away people sat from the front the more strange their hairstyles. Those in front had “natural” hair; the ones on the other extreme had huge red and purple and yellow weaves.
    I’m a teacher and don’t know if I should…or how I should…approach this topic with my students. I know that styles come and go and my babies want to be in one whatever is in. But what about adults? I’m not saying they should try to “pass”, but if there is something to this shouldn’t this be known?

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