There have been a number of reports in the news lately of school or school sports “policy” concerning Black people’s hair. There were girls crying because school officials wouldn’t allow her dreadlocks. Recently, there was the young man who wouldn’t be allowed to wrestle in his school match unless he cut off his hair. Now, there’s a young boy, only 5-yeas-old, who’s being singled out for his seemingly common haircut.
The boy, Josiah Sharpe’s mother Danica is upset that Summerhill Primary Academy in Tipton, deemed her five-year-old son’s hairstyle as an “extreme” haircut that goes against the school’s hair policy.
But looking at the handsome young man’s hair, there is little to find anything wrong with it that you don’t see walking down the street.
Furthermore, the mother explains that Josiah has the back and sides of his hair shaved in a ‘skin fade style’, which his mother, Danica, said helps hide his traction alopecia.
Traction alopecia is a form of alopecia, or gradual hair loss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from the sufferer frequently wearing their hair in a particularly tight ponytail, pigtails, or braids. It can also occur when tight headwear is used in the same way every day.
Repeated strain on the hair follicles can pull out strands of hair and even damage the follicles. This causes redness, itching, and even pus-producing ulcers or infections.
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