To go without wearing a head wrap. Head wraps are a common accessory worn by many Black Caribbean women. The wearing of head wraps is a tradition passed down from West African women who were brought to the islands as slaves. The wearing of head wraps is a symbol of feminine modesty, but it is also a way to avoid the exposure of kinky hair. Mother tells the girl not to go “bare-head in the hot sun” to prevent her hair, which was probably straightened, from curling due to the heat and humidity.
Bare-head Quotes in Girl
The Girl quotes below are all either spoken by Bare-head or refer to Bare-head. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Girl published in 1983.).