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70s hairstyle tips go viral to stop white women culturally appropriating


TextAlex Peters

Black Twitter once again saves the day

From box braids and cornrows to dreadlocks, some white women still struggle with how to do their hair in a way that doesn’t steal from an oppressed culture. While white women can put on and discard pieces of Black culture, Black women are routinely discriminated against and vilified for their hairstyles. So, Twitter has decided to help white women stay away from culturally appropriative hairstyles, by offering suggestions of what they could try instead.

One user on Twitter @nostalgiamufasa offered a series of intricate Renaissance-esque hairstyles involving fishtail braids, milkmaid braids and beaded and pearl-embellished hair accessories. “Please. Y’all have the material,” she wrote. 

In response, several women also suggested various 70s and 80s looks. User @thatseventiesho shared images of Farrah Fawcett and other bouncy-hair women with big, glossy curls, while user @kjiglitz suggested 80s influenced crimped, voluminous hair with Cindy Crawford, Demi Moore, and a young Alyssa Milano as inspiration.  

Kara (@karaisshort) posted a tutorial from Dutch TikToker and 70s-lover Rose van Rijn, where she guides people through how to create bouncy 70s hair. “White women, this is your MOMENT!” she captioned the tweet which quickly went viral, racking up over 350K likes and 55K retweets in just three days.

Van Rijn starts by blowdrying her freshly washed hair and then using a round blow dryer brush to add volume to her fringe and curl it away from her face. She then puts her fringe in curlers and the rest of her hair in foam fabric curlers (you could also use socks for this stage!). After sleeping in the curlers, she takes them out, brushing through them with first her fingers and then a paddle brush. “And now you are a 70s goddess,” she says, her big, bouncy curls on full, glorious, non-culturally insensitive display.

“60s and 70s white lady hair is such a peak look on them, like!!!!! It’s so fluffy!” one comment reads, while another wrote, “Now why do some white girls feel the need to wear box braids when this style looks so good and I’ve never seen a white girl look good in braids?”

Watch van Rijn’s video below, and if you are looking for more suggestions she has various other tutorials, from how to cut and style your 70s fringe, to five hairstyles to pair with your 70s fringe. 

@70srose

I hope this will help everyone that cut their bangs, there's so many different hairstyles you can do with them!💞 Which one do you like most?💞 ##abba

♬ original sound - 70srose
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