COLONIZED. She Said She Invented A Sleeping Bonnet

July 24, 2019
Sarah Marantz Lindenberg, creator of the $98 NiteCap says she invented the sleeping bonnet.
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Credit: NiteCap

Yes, she really did that and wow. This is clearly a lie. She found a way to capitalize on what already existed, made a few modifications and increased the price point so much that it is highway robbery. Well, it would rob me because I wouldn't buy it although I would try it IF it was sent to me. No shame but still shaming her claim. Now (in my opinion) this lady clearly avoided going to any history classes, reading or skimming through history books that mentions people of African descent and wow because of this, LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF PRESS SHE HAS GOTTEN WITH THIS IGNORANT CLAIM. PRESS!!! Press!! press! This is the crazies ish I have ever heard of. I could go into a deeper rant, instead allow me to share with you the 5 different ways women of color have been using bonnets and head wraps since since the beginning of my knowledge and research.

Hair Protector

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Our hair comes in a variety of textures and curl patterns. It also has the tendency to run more on the dry side which is why we tend to wrap it up a lot especially at night. By wrapping it up and sleeping with a normally priced $5 or less sleeping bonnet on, we are able to preserve our hairstyles, keep the natural oils on our scalp and hair from from sebum (which moisturizes our skin, scalp and hair) and stops hair breakage. Did you know that the cotton from the pillows as well as clothing that we sleep in can pull our hair which is why we (well some of us) wear bonnets on our hair when we sleep at night? Goodness, I still cannot believe that this lady, Sarah Manatz is trying to claim the sleeping bonnet.

The Law Said So

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Did you know that during the 18th century in New Orleans, the white men were so tempted by the intricate hairstyles of brown women that they made it the law. BABY! Do you hear me!? They made it a LAW for women of color to cover their beautiful hair. Now if that doesn't tell you something about how beautiful our hair is (and our bodies because those were put on display at human zoos as well) then honey, you have no idea.

Religious Norms

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The women that I have been seeing in the USA during the 21rst century, the current century, who are of Muslim and/or from the nation of Islam wear headwraps / scarves. However dating back to almost the 13th century, headwraps were also worn by women who were Christian and who were a part of Judaism. At one of my jobs, I work with a young lady who says that in public they always wear it and when they are at home, they take off the scarf. They are also only able to take off their scarves around women, fathers and brothers but not many other men that are relatives or friends. If you look at history, it was also a sign of being submissive.

Protective Styling & Hair Styling

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As mentioned before our hair has the tendency
y to be a bit on the dryer side as however our hair also has the ability to hold a specific hair style longer than other types of hair. When it comes to styling our hair, we tend to do it once or twice a week if it is longer and in some type of braids, up-dos and any other type of style that requires about 2 hours of preparation. Now if our hair style is on the shorter side we want to make sure that our hair is moisturized and soft. So what we tend to do and have done for year is wrap our hair before bed and wrap our head when we want to prolong the style so our edges stay smooth and we have no fly aways.

Seriously Tho!

First and foremost any woman of a African background knows of this type of fabric that has been used to cover their hair rather it was for religious, hair protectors, styling or by law. So that should be about how to summarize it.


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