What Dr. Hibbitts does in her study is to elevate the meaning of hair as a relevant issue of discussion in understanding the dynamics of African-American people, especially women. Furthermore, her inquiry adds depth to understanding the intricacies of assimilation and acculturation for African-American people. It is commonly known that minority populations, on contact with the dominant society have a number of options, but primarily assimilation and acculturation are the variations most attempted. In the abstract, assimilation is a rather harmless process, but in reality, it can be difficult and painful.

- Terry Jones, Ph. D.

Retired Department of Social Work Chair

Cal State Hayward/ Eastbay


“Hair has always been negatively associated with social constructs for African American women throughout “herstory.” This negative association of hair begins from birth, throughout childhood, and well into adult life.

Hair is still the only physical characteristic which clearly demonstrates the presence of African ancestry within a bi-racial heritage.


Danielle "Dr. Danii" Hibbitts

M.A, M.S, Psy. D

Clinical & Forensic Psychologist​

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