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Did you know that the afro comb is not just a very handy tool for detangling and grooming your natural afro textured hair, but actually an African symbol dating as far back as Ancient Egypt, only to be revived again in the African American civil rights movement?

 

Did you know that the afro comb is not just a very handy tool for detangling and grooming your natural afro textured hair, but actually an African symbol dating as far back as Ancient Egypt, only to be revived again in the African American civil rights movement? The afro comb is a staple in many black house holds, a versatile tool used for picking your afro, sectioning your hair, and thoroughly detangling, the afro comb is more than a stylistic aid though; it is a cultural icon.

I’m always looking for proof that black hair is more than what it appears to be, more than what it has been portrayed as: something to be loathed, and fixed, a chore, difficult to manage. Our hair has a history that spans far beyond our racial past that resulted in it having political undertones. The long history of the afro comb, proves that hair in African culture has always been something that was properly groomed and maintained, and adorned, with beads and shells, and the Afro comb’s position is solid in African history, and Africans of the Diaspora. 

The Afro comb being an ancient African symbol, however, died down as a result of many Africans trying to assimilate into European beauty standards, by straightening their hair, and so we no longer had the use for the afro comb. However, fast forward to the late 60s in America, and we see how the Afro comb’s deep significance is again revived. The afro comb proceeded to become a representation of black power and unity, it was used to fluff these big perfectly rounded afros, and it was even worn in the hair as a statement.