Michelle Obama reveals she wore weaves and other ‘protective styles’ at the White House,

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Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC (Getty Images)

Our Forever First Lady Michelle Obama has been on the road promoting her new book, “The Light We Carry,” dropping us little nuggets of wisdom along the way. This week, Angie Martinez hosted a special conversation for Revolt TV with an Intergenerational Black Girl Magic panel that included Mrs. Obama, Tina Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Grammy-winning artist HER and model Winnie Harlow. And during their conversation, Mrs. Obama became aware of her real hair.

Since leaving the White House, the former First Lady has blessed us with beautifully braided styles. I don’t know about you, but we all lost our collective mind at The root when she surprised with a braided bun at the White House portrait unveiling.

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But Obama tells the group that she made a conscious choice to wear more conservative hairstyles during her eight years in the White House because although the country had its first black First Lady, it doesn’t may not be ready for a black braid yet. First lady.

In an environment that criticized her husband for wearing a beige suit to a White House press conference, Obama knew her hair would dominate the news cycle and overshadow everything she tried to do. “I remember second term when I cut the bangs. It was every story,” she said. “I talk about nutrition, and the article starts with her bangs.”

Mrs. Obama called straightening her hair a strategic move designed to distract from her appearance. “We were the first. And I was like, first of all, they have to get used to us,” she said. “When we hit our fists, they turned it into an act of terrorism. Who needs hassle?”

Obama says weaves and extensions were necessary to protect her natural hair from the heat damage caused by the excessive pressing and curling she had to go through to look her best. “I had protective styles because you get your hair done every day and sometimes twice a day if you’re outside with jumpers in the rain,” she said. “I wouldn’t have any hair on my head if I straightened it as much as I had to straighten it.”

Hopefully now that the country has had a chance to get used to its first black Supreme Court justice, its first black vice president and its first black first lady, there will be room for more firsts who feel comfortable enough to be authentic themselves.

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