Help end Afro hair discrimination
Gold Series, by Pantene has partnered with Black Minds Matter and Project Embrace to help end discrimination against Afro hair in the UK. A new report shows that 93% of Black people in the UK have faced microaggressions related to their Afro hair. Hair has been shown to be key to confidence and identity, which is why we are on a mission to give more great hair days to all. We have set a goal of >50% reduction in hair discrimination in the UK by 2025 with this campaign and the Power of Hair Fund. Of those that have been or have felt discriminated against due to their hair, the top three most cited places this happened are:
At school (59%)
In the workplace (49%)
In a work interview (45%)
Uninvited hair touching was reported as one of the most common types of microaggressions, experienced by 46%.
3 ways to help end hair discrimination:
1. Knowledge is key
2. Don’t touch without consent
3. Call it out
With more than half of those surveyed stating that discrimination against their natural Afro hair has negatively affected their self-esteem or mental health, we’ve partnered with Black Minds Matter and Project Embrace to highlight the power of hair on mental well-being and self-esteem. We have launched a short film featuring six Black British women talking about their own experiences of hair discrimination and microaggressions as well as their own personal journeys to accepting their natural Afro hair.
The My Hair Won’t be Silenced Campaign is just 1 step in the journey to end the daily discrimination. We have a goal of a greater than 50% reduction in Afro hair discrimination by 2025* enabled by;
- increased awareness of the micro aggressions that cause discrimination and what needs to change
- Supporting organisations who help eliminate hair bias and deal with discrimination via our Power of Hair Fund
Working with Black Minds Matter, Project Embrace and other partners we will share educational materials crafted by experts about microaggressions, the science and beauty of Afro hair, ways to support the mission of ending hair discrimination and fund organisations who enable this change. Agnes Mwakatuma, Founder of Black Minds Matter said: “Many Black women are subject to racial microaggressions throughout their life - from school all the way to treatment in the workplace - with discrimination against hair and a lack of self-acceptance being an almost universal lived experience. Pantene’s campaign is much-needed to emphasise that racism isn’t always explicit and can also take the form of subtle, unspoken microaggressions. When Black people face this over time, it can be incredibly detrimental to maintaining mental health. We hope that ‘My Hair Won’t Be Silenced’ will lead the way and inspire other brands in the haircare industry to take long overdue steps to cater for, and proudly represent the Black community.”
Click below to hear from Dr Wilkerson on the science of Afro Hair and Funmi Fetto on microaggressions.
We’ve signed up to the Halo code and would encourage you do too. Halo is a youth-led Collective of organisations and individuals working to create a future without hair discrimination. You can sign up to adopt the Halo code, we have at Pantene already. Click to find out more.
* Research by Censuswide, of 510 Black men & women with Afro Hair in the UK, 2020
** Global Research by Pantene and Yale into the Power of Hair, 2017
*** Research by Censuswide, 1005 Respondents - 502 Black men and women with Afro hair and 503 men and women without Afro hair, UK 2021