David Sha's "Her Hair" Is Unapologetically Natural
The other day our dear friend Lisa told Rocks Off a story that really brought emotion and life to Houston R&B artist David Sha's anthem, "Her Hair," a romantic cry for African-American women to wear their hair as God intended -- natural.
The story goes that when Lisa saw Mary Lou Retton win the all-around gymnastics gold medal in 1984, like many young girls at that time, she wanted her hair to resemble the feathered-style, pixie haircut Retton rocked.
It wasn't a good idea because Lisa didn't have what many might consider "good hair." Lisa's was big, puffy, dark and tightly curled. But after much prodding by Lisa, her mother finally complied to cut her beautiful locks and some poor soul in a Miami hair salon tried to sculpt the impossible.
Let's just say it didn't work out well for Lisa. She never looked like Mary Lou Retton.
There were many moments throughout Lisa's life when she battled long and hard with her hair and her identity. She did everything to have beautiful, flowing straight hair, just like in the Pantene commercials. She tried to change her hair's DNA with product and sheer will, but she failed.
As an adult, Lisa and everyone who encounters her, including Rocks Off, finds beauty in the part of her that she fought so long. It's her trademark. It's the part of her that takes people's breath away when they see Lisa. Because it's "Her Hair."
And that essentially is what David Sha wants women to know much earlier. That their hair is good...as is.
Ironically, after she duplicated Retton's feat 28 years later, women's gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas found her hair being scrutinized versus longed for.
Consistency at least: Decades later, it is still "much ado about a hairdo."
Rocks Off: David, your latest video no doubt makes a cultural statement about the ever-growing movement towards natural hair. Why did you choose to hone in on this subject matter? Was it an event or something you're passionate about?
David Sha: Very passionate about it. I'm what I like to call unapologetically African. I feel that our root culture is not on display enough. The Barbie look is shoved down our throats on a daily basis. We have to be just as adamant about expressing our culture because there has been such a blatant effort to suppress it.