Texture is telling of differences and similarities. It gives us hope, a comfort of knowing, and at times may revive past chaos. Its distinguishing features define our beauty standards. Hair is a perfect example. Hair — the thread like strand that grows on people and animals — tells the story of all wild haired children. I too am a wild hair child.

Beauty comes from your roots. Hair norms are passed down from one generation to another. For women of color, we have lost touch with our roots. Our hair narrative now includes a straight strand — one that…