IN THE LATE 1700S, many areas in the States passed “Tignon laws” which required black and multi-racial women to cover their hair at all times. Creole women in particular were known for their elaborate hairstyles that often felt threatening to white women. By forcing these women to cover their hair, they not only took away that power, but also helped ensure that these women could never “pass” as white.

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