I was scrolling social media the other day when I ran across a post on the fantastic salon Miss Rizos (Miss Curls) located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Its was started by Carolina Contreras. She herself went through a transition from relaxed to natural and wanted to help others embrace their natural hair as well. It is well documented that many Dominicans (not all) have a hard time embracing their African roots and do whatever they can to not be identified as of African decent. So this ends up heavily effecting those who have darker skin and/or kinkier hair. They are ridiculed often and their hair is called Pelo Malo (bad hair). Carolina experienced this discrimination her self and tells the tale in the video below.
I always said that i did not want to visit DR nor contribute to their tourism industry due to the self hate issues that have plagued the community there and also due to the mistreatment of Haitians by Dominicans on the island that both countries share. This video gave me hope and should I ever change my mind and visit DR I will definitely be visiting Miss Rizos so that i get my curls pampered and hopefully meet Carolina to tell her how proud i am of her for being a conduit for change! If you are planing a trip to DR please go support her salon 🙂 I hope that more and more Dominican women will embrace their africanity and begin their journeys to embracing their natural hair! Check out the video below and leave a comment to let me know what you think 🙂
Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs