I think I will love the DR but will they love me?

This time next week I will be in the Dominican Republic. I can’t wait for sunshine and relaxation. It will be one day after Supernatural Day which I hope you can make, even though this is not strictly my event I think it’s going to be a fantastic day.


Anyway back to the DR, tonight I was browsing around to see what I could get up to whilst I was there and I decided to check out the natural hair scene. It doesn’t sound good. Apparently they don’t like natural hair 🙁 I am there to chill not to get people staring at my head! 


I came across a few articles about it but the one I thought was the most informative was written in 2007 by Frances Robles – (You might have seen it before its posted everywhere online). It discusses how Dominican Woman are basically trying to look less black so straightening their hair is very important 


It doesn’t sound good at all and I really hope things have moved on since. I will have to let you know how it all goes.


Have a read and let me know what you think about the article. Click below
Black Denial – Nearly all Dominican women straighten their hair, which experts say is a direct result of a historical learned rejection of all things black

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  1. I wouldn’t worry about it. Reading info on the internet can severely distort reality. You can find info that makes it seem as if every country are all crazy nazi racists! I’ve been to places that have bad reputations in Europe for their treatment of blacks – e.g. Spain and Italy and not faced much problem. Also, its not as if you are going to live there.

    I’ve met tons of black dominicans with type 4 and type 3 hair in Spain and in England. In Barcelona, there were a lot more natural Afro-dominicans than in England. I wouldn’t worry about it. Some people may have negative experiences, but that’s not everyone. Its no secret that latin america in general can have issues with their black population due to the lasting dicactor Tuijillo (think thats how u spell it!) Who despite having a half-haitain mum committed genocide and wiped out thousands of haitains. But if you didn’t go to a country purely because they have some negative notions about afro hair / black people – you wouldn’t leave your front door!

    I say enjoy the world and actually find someone to talk to who is from there, because the internet presents a warped view of everything.

    E.g.
    I constantly hear (and you can read on the internet to), about how indians strongly favour light skin / white skin and how that alone is beauty, but my dark skinned sister has been asked out by lots of indians. Even she’s a bit confused about that! lol I wouldn’t let the internet dictate your actions.

  2. I’m not saying that the article isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean people are going to do anything to you because you are natural.

  3. I have been to the Dominican Republic and it is a lovely country. when I went I had a weave to protect my natural hair, so no strange looks at it was a straight weave and when I got it wet it turned curly, still no strange looks.

    I wouldn’t worry, they are more concerned about entertaining you so you spend money and comeback to their country like most other countries treat tourists.

  4. Wow that article was deep and kinda scary! It makes it sound like Drs hate evrything and everybody that is black including themselves. I’m starting a worldwide research project this year into costume and dress from the African dispora and the Dominican Republic is a country i plan to visit at some point. I would be really interested in hearing about your experinces when you get back. Although if this article is to be believed you may have people screaming abuse at you in Spanish on the street!

  5. Wow!

    I spent two weeks there in the Santo Domingo but with a family and with local people, not in a hotel. My hair was natural at the time however, because all the women tend to spend hours in hairdressers and beauty parlours (Doña Maria didnt even have a hair dryer) so for me it felt like a luxury to have a manicure and pedicure every two to three days and I have to admit when I had my hair was blow-dried, it did look really really nice – best press and curl or blow dry I ever had!

    The family (all dark skinned but quite comfortably off) and other brothers and sisters of varying skin tones that I met really tried hard to impress upon me that although there is racism to a degree – none of it matters as long as you are wealthy and/or educated you were accepted, it was to do more with class than race so therefore with education you can always get ahead. I certainly found the DR’s more, shall we say, sociable than the Cubans. I travelled with a white friend of mine and she was really put out that none of the DR men were running after her as they do in Cuba “In Cuba they like the colour of my skin, over here they dont even speak to me” she was feeling a little left out. (I should say that of course city people are a bit different to those you come across on resorts). In Cuba I have been exposed to the most dreadful racism! I have been refused service, been stopped whilst entering buildings/hotels/clubs, stopped in the street by the police on many occasions asking for documents, been pepper sprayed and even had a bus stopped because I was the only black person on the bus … yep the police stopped the bus and informed the driver that they believed there was a thief travelling with the tourists! I’m Black, so must be Cuban and therefore as a dark skinned woman, I’ve got to be a Jinatera! I have travelled to Cuba with extensions/weaves, basically straight hair but the oppression there goes beyond hair. None of this treatment did I receive in DR – even when my hair was natural. The service I received was good, people asked me to dance in clubs, which never happens in Cuba UNLESS they hear me speak and realise that I am actually English in DR that didnt happen, I had the same appearance as them they thought I was from there, and they didnt treat me any differently, even after they found out that I was English.

    So defo go and have a good time – who knows maybe they are more enlightened these days 😉

    Looking forward to Sunday.

  6. @Lela, the internet is dangerous it can distort things this is why I cant wait to go and get a true picture of things

    @ Anonymous, I am glad you enjoyed it. Yes being a tourist might protect me from the negativity

    @TK, looking forward to meeting you on Sunday. That project sounds interesting; yes I will defiantly post my experiences.

    @Anonymous – WOW!!! I am actually speechless!!

  7. So Agel what were your experiences og the people in th DR? I’m itching to know!

  8. @ TK, next post I promise!!