Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education (MAE)
Art and Design
Dr. Kevin Hsieh
Dr. Melody Milbrandt
Dr. Melanie Davenport
This thesis addresses the negative cultural and social connotations of natural hair for African American women. This issue is examined throughout history from slavery to present day with a visual analysis of hair care advertisements. Presently, natural hair is gaining more positive implications; which can be affected by creating more positive images with natural hair. Using art as the vehicle for social change and using research to inform art has a positive impact on teaching and learning in the art classroom.
Hargro, Brina, "Hair Matters: African American Women and the Natural Hair Aesthetic" (2011). Art and Design Theses. Paper 95.