High School Hair: Accra, Ghana

By Larry H. Spruill

While visiting a high school in Ghana, an African-American middle school student noticed that not only did all the girls wear the same uniforms but also had the same close cropped natural hair styles. There were no perms, weaves, or braids.

She asked the the headmaster, “Why did all the girls have short hair?” The headmaster replied, “It is important that all of our girls practice good grooming. Short hair is required by the school to assure a standard and inexpensive way of meeting that objective.”

It made sense. The focus was on instruction and not fashion. There would be plenty of time for make up and glamor. School was not about clothes and hair but books, paper, and pens.