Afro-Brazilian Women Claim Power, and Show It Through Hair

In August, just before the Olympics, I had the pleasure to collaborate with Ana Terra Athayde on a story for the Guardian. The piece focused on the growing trend among Afro-Brazilian women to use natural hairstyles instead of straightening their hair. Whether in braids, afros, or dread locks, more women are embracing their natural beauty, and with it, their political and social power.

Raquel Martins is a community and university activist who has decided to embrace her natural curls.

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