Greetings fellow ComixBawses!!
If you’re a Black woman or a woman of color with curly, kinky, or coarse-textured hair then you know all-too well what “Wash Day” is. If you don’t have this kind of hair and you know of someone with this hair type, then (assuming they like you enough to talk about their hair with you) you also know what “Wash Day” is.
So, for those of you that don’t know, what is this mystifying Wash Day?
Wash Day is the day where women with coarser hair textures will set aside an hour or maybe four (or 20) to wash and style their hair. Coarser hair textures shouldn’t be washed too frequently because this hair type dries out much faster than other hair types. If coarse hair is over-washed then essential oils are stripped from the hair and this will eventually cause breakage . . . which sucks because no one likes seeing their hair piling up at the bottom of the shower (and on the shower walls, and on the faucet, and on the soap bar and on every f*cking bottle of conditioner in the tub) instead of neatly piled on their head.
Anyway, despite the fact that wash day is essential for the health of my hair . . .
Of course I love how my hair looks after I’ve detangled it, diffused it with my blow dryer, and oiled it up with some cocoa butter and a few drops of a hair gloss, but the whole process takes a bloody lifetime! When I know wash day is approaching, I get upset and I wish I could just fast forward to the part where I look in the mirror and see a lush crown of curls atop my head . . . but no, sadly it takes A LOT of work to keep up with my natural hair. Even though it is a lot of work, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Yes, my hair can be difficult to tame, but I’m grateful for it because I didn’t always embrace my natural hair. In fact, I used to despise it at one point in my life because I so badly wanted that long flowy hair like all the White supermodels and Barbie dolls used to have. Now that I do adore my natural curls, I’ll do everything I can to take care of it and show it off to the world . . . no matter how frustrating the process can be at times. All good things take some work.
Now that you know a little bit about “wash day,” let’s talk about the actual comic of the same name!
WASH DAY BY JAMILA ROWSER | ILLUSTRATED BY ROBYN SMITH
Jamila Rowser is a Black and Latina writer and she takes pride in writing stories that reflect on the daily lives of Black women. Robyn Smith, a talented Jamaican artist, brings Black womanhood to life with her intricate illustrations. For these ladies, placing emphasis on these stories are important because it allows Black women to share their pride and love for their culture.
The 27-page comic introduces us to Kimana, a 26-year-old Black woman living a normal life in the Bronx. As readers, we get the opportunity to follow her throughout her daily life (hence, why it’s considered a slice-of-life comic) doing routine activities like: hanging with her Dominican/Puerto-Rican gal pal named Sabrina, shooing men away on the street, and taking care of her hair—the aspect that the comic mainly focuses on.
Jamila was inspired her own hair washing rituals and decided to create a story out of it and I’m totally here for that! I have never read a comic that focused on what it means to be a Black woman or a POC with kinky hair. Hair is extremely important to the Black female community and we’re tethered to one another because of it. I really think this comic will make a splash within the comic world because of its ability to shed light on the reality of Black women and their hair.
The comic has not been published yet, but you can find it’s campaign here on Kickstarter. Within two days of firing up their campaign they’ve already beat their goal!!! I plan to donate money to support them and you can do so as well and you’ll even earn some awesome rewards!
I seriously can’t wait to read this comic and be a part of the natural hair movement that continuously pushes women of color to recognize and appreciate their natural beauty.
I’m here for allllllll of it.Are YOU?
P.S. Use these links to learn more about the amazing ladies involved in this project!