The August Meetup was a root-boosted discussion on our hair. We discussed the politicization and societal expectations' influence on our relationship with our tresses. Community members from across the country gathered on Zoom to ask questions, share stories, and show pride in their natural hair. TMS hosts of the evening, Mike Avila and Ariel Bastida, started the meetup by sharing photos of their hair during childhood. They spurred our creativity with a journaling exercise, prompting the audience to list five words to describe their hair, define a family member’s hair (color, scent, texture, length), and answer: What is a hairstyle you’ve wanted but never had?
Ariel began the meetup by noting how important hair is to everyone, whether it be a full head of hair, a lack of hair, and the many hairstyles we show—especially for those living mixed experiences. Reflecting on the orchestrated systems and messaging around us that manipulate how we think and treat our hair, she asked, "where do these feelings come from?” Opening up the discussion, she continued, “how do we break free?”