🇧🇷 “Brasil, Brasil. Where do I even start? A country with a culture as big as its size is hard to pinpoint. So I’ll start small: hair. While I was in Rio, I had never seen so much natural hair in my life. Brazil has deep roots in Africa, largely due to the country’s history with enslavement and the slave trade. A ton of people in Rio (and Brazil in general) are Black, or of African descent. Because of this, I saw curls everywhere. All kinds of curls. All kinds of colors. All kinds of textures and styles. I saw very little wigs and artificial hair, and just a lot of curls and other natural styles like braids and twists.
Seeing this hair in all of its natural, curly glory made me so proud of my own curls. Even though I was an American visiting their home, I felt that our hair was a point of connection. And it felt beautiful.
Have you had moments like this abroad? When have you felt a moment of connection with people unlike yourself?” -👸🏾: @roamingwithromie