Women’s bodies are often a hot topic of debate, at times even a veritable war zone. The physicality of females is watched, legislated, corralled, and whispered , talked and shouted about. Given its sexual nature, naturally the hair that grows from their heads is often part of the back and forth. How curly it is, how straight, whether it includes add on pieces or accessories, whether the culture allows them to show it to the world at all–are all discussed and in some cases mandated. Absolutely it is a form of adornment, much like fashion except that it’s different because it is a real-live extension of our bodies.
Which brings us all to singer Jhené Aiko, who recently showed off a new ‘do featuring loc extensions on her Instagram. On the one hand, Aiko is a creative so one wonders what in the cultural here and now and/or future she is reflecting via this beauty switch up. On the other hand, it’s always good to see an artist or anyone for that matter push boundaries, make statements and take bold, fresh steps. So kudos, Jhene, we like.