The Price of Beauty

Jaclyn Peterson, 2nd Grade, David Cox Road Elementary School

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


Hair represents many things in communities. It is used as a snapshot of
hereditary, economic status and sometimes political ideology. We take great pride in our appearance, as it is our calling card to the world. How much of our health are we willing to sacrifice to look good? Are we aware of the long-term damage we are doing to our hair? This unit intends to briefly explore relaxing, pressing , and braiding hair treatments. These three hair
treatments are used mostly by Black women for fashion and convenience. The question I want to address is how much damage are we doing to our hair with these hair treatments?