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Good or Bad Hair? Hair Combing Video Stirs Debate

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Good or Bad Hair? Hair Combing Video Stirs Debate

Good or Bad Hair? Hair Combing Video Stirs Debate

Good or Bad Hair? Hair Combing Video Stirs Debate

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Hair is a tricky issue for many black women — and always has been.

A YouTube video showing a young African-American girl having her "nappy" hair brutally combed is sparking a heated debate over parenting styles when it comes to black hair care.

Web Extra: Salon owner Susan Peterkin-Bishop offers tips on hair care for black children and others with textured hair.

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Tell Me More regular parenting contributor Dani Tucker is joined by Teresa Wiltz, who recently wrote about the issue for theRoot.com, and Susan Pettiford, a salon owner who specializes in black natural hair styles. The women offer thoughts on the hair combing video and whether it amounts to child abuse, and they debate whether — even after years of emphasis on black self-awareness and celebration of black aesthetics — hair grooming is still a painful, or brutal, experience for too many young women of color.

'Nappy A** Hair'

Warning: Video contains obscenities. Viewer discretion is advised.