See 100 Years of Black Beauty Trends in Less Than One Minute

From braids to bold lips, beauty trends are here today, gone tomorrow.
Jan 19, 2015·
TakePart fellow Jessica Dollin studied journalism at the University of Arizona. She has written for the Phoenix New Times and HerCampus.

Beauty trends are color-blind, except when it comes to hair. Cut Video, the same people who brought us “100 Years of Beauty in 1 Minute” have released another version: “100 Years of Beauty: Marshay,” which features an African American woman.

A side-by-side comparison shows makeup trends have changed from dark, bold lips in the 1920s to heavy kohl eyeliner in the 1990s, all sported by women of both races. The same cannot be said for hair.

Textured hair doesn't lend itself to blowouts, which is likely why white women in the 1970s sported blowouts and black women rocked Afros. The white woman in the 2000s is a bit Avril Lavigne, while the black woman is more Alicia Keys.

Hair texture has long been a subject of discrimination that has pervaded culture. Gymnast Gabby Douglas received criticism on Twitter for her unkempt ponytail, which was meant to match her teammates'.

Some argue that curly hair, black, white, or otherwise, is stigmatized—especially in the workplace. Comedian Chris Rock's 2009 documentary Good Hair looked at black women's relationship with their hair, particularly the obsession with maintaining straight hair.

Although some women with textured hair prefer weaves and wigs to natural hair, embracing the latter is the style du jour, according to the video.

YouTube commenters requested that a version be made with Asian and Latina women. Cut Video has promised it will also make a video documenting male hair trends throughout the years.