Episode 108: PsychoHairapy

From afros to braids and locs, Black hairstyles have long been an expression of beauty, individuality, and resistance in the Black community. For today’s episode, we also explore the link between Black hair and self-care by interviewing Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka, a therapist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the District of Columbia. During the episode, we discuss her research and program of practice called "PsychoHairapy," where she uses hair as an entry point for mental health services in beauty salons and barbershops (48:30). We also have a conversation about the significance of hair in the lives of Black women today (54:00) as well as the link between hair and wellness (59:50). Next, we discuss the recent trend of African American students being targeted because of their hair (1:03:55) and ways to combat discrimination against our beautiful coils and curls (1:08:52). We close by discussing race narrative therapy and the healing power of Black hair care spaces (1:13:20).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

07:15 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

41:30 - Introduction of the Topic

44:30 - Learn More about Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka

57:12 - The LOC method

1:17:00 - PsychoHairapy Training

1:20:30 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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