Sometimes you want something so much that your life just stops while you figure out how to get it. This website is that moment for me.
It started with a simple photo … a head full of hair.
Gorgeous hair …. Black girl hair … Not White girl, Asian girl, Latina girl, or Indian girl hair … but BLACK GIRL HAIR. You know it when you see it. Sometimes it is so stunning that it can make you cry. I have found myself even questioning my Creator … asking why not me? Why can’t I have hair like that?
Why do I covet this young woman’s hair? Why do I want it to grow out of MY head? I do not know … I JUST DO !!
The heart wants what the heart wants. Black women want voluminous, luxurious, maintenance free hair, despite the political correctness – just like every other woman on this planet.
Hair has been a metric of beauty since the beginning of time. We cannot escape it. Culture will not allow us to redefine it.
It is what it is.
There is an entire industry focused upon Black women’s hair. We are sold synthetic hair, human hair, and chemical products. The industry is based upon Black women affixing these products to our heads. Some women get a short-lived sense of satisfaction. Some do not. The time and cost involved is significant. The economics of African hair is simply stunning.
I will not have it.
If I cannot grow it, I do not want it.
I am not disparaging those who wear weaves and perms. I am merely stating MY heart’s desire. This website is my path to fulfilling that desire.
I believe that SCIENCE will give me what I want. NOT COSMETICS … but real SCIENCE!
I know that science can be magical if you are willing to invest the time. Scientists have grown human ears on the backs of rats. I have seen it. They have slayed sickle cell, although in small numbers. They have designed a vaccine to hold a virus at bay in just months.
I know, given time, I can figure out kink, shrink, and breakage.
How am I going to do it?
I am going to assemble an ARMY of CITIZEN SCIENTISTS. We will suit up and build our own knowledgebase. Together, we will forge a path that will slay kink, shrink, and breakage.
This website will be our training ground, our collaboration platform. Every army has a bootcamp. This is our bootcamp. This is where we will train as soldiers. We will grow our knowledgebase. We will inspire and support each other.
We invite you to join our community, but it is important to understand that we are NOT a social media platform. We are a SERVICE platform. There is a BIG difference.
Social Media platforms, like Facebook, are normally FREE. That is because YOU are the product. Companies buy and sell your attention. Ads are their income.
The African Hair Institute is a service. Our service is to provide a research collaboration platform. We bring likeminded people together - people who endeavor to study hair science. We provide a platform where we think, talk, share ideas, inspire, and encourage each other. There are no ads. We do not sell anything other than our membership, which is a monthly subscription. The success of our platform depends upon your engagement. The more you lean in, the more you take away. That is the true nature of science.
There are three types of membership subscriptions:
- Student Member ($10/month) - You will have full access to all activities. You will be identified as a youth member. You must be 24 years or younger AND registered as a full-time student. You will be asked to submit a copy of your current student ID each year.
- Cheerleader ($10/month) – You will have full access to all activities, but you cannot participate in Discussions, Study Groups, Teams, or Conferences. This membership category is for those who would like to modestly support our efforts but may not want to “study” hair science, or perhaps not have the funds to do so. You are asked to cheer quietly from the sidelines.
- Team Member ($30/month) – You will have full access to all activities. You can participate as much or as little as your schedule allows.
No one can sell you on “bootcamp”. You are either a soldier, or you are not. If you feel enslaved by the cosmetics of African hair, join our team.
SUIT UP!! Registration starts March 1st.