I'm mixed race arab-white and with my very curly hair cornrowsd seem to me to be a both useful and beautiful way for me to manage my hair for a short space of time and it's a style I've always wanted to try. However, after doing some research I've seen that white people wearing cornrows and other typically African hairstyles labelled as cultural appropriation. I fully understand the background behind the hairstyle and therefore understand if it would be offensive for me to get cornrows so I wanted to see what the general opinion on a white person getting cornrows was?
- Yes, a white person getting cornrows is cultural appropriationVote A
- No, a white person getting cornrows is not cultural appropriationVote B
- It depends (explanation below)Vote C
Most Helpful Guy
So what if it's cultural appropriation?
Only idiots get offended by that kind of thing.
It's not like any living African has invented that hair style any more than you did.
Also, black people use "white" hair styles all the time, dye their hair blond etc etc.
Somehow nobody is outraged by that.3
Most Helpful Girl
A hairstyle may be more associated with a certain race, but hair is universal and you can manipulate and style it the way you see fit. When it turns ugly is when certain people style themselves that way and then take it to mean, that they are suddenly so black or they understand what it means to be black somehow or they exhibit racist behavior and attribute it to their new found "blackness."0