Black women, at some points in American history were compressed to cover their hair, thus subduing their traditional African heritage and their natural hair. It became a sign of shame before it eventually became a norm and later a point of resistance for some.
The Visibility project wrote that:
During the late 18th century, Black and Creole women in Louisiana were forced to wear head wraps, or tignons, because they wore their hair “in such elaborate ways that it attracted the attention of white men.” And when I say ‘forced’ I mean sanctioned, as in the Louisiana government passed laws to effectively regulate Black women’s hair.
Learn about yet another fascinating but disgusting point in American history in the below video: