In the words of Malcolm X, we’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled!
Most black people have been led to believe that they looked better, after conforming to a White European standard of beauty. A standard that began from a viewpoint of bias and bigotry and a self-serving desire to protect the majority party’s “investment” by stripping black people of everything that was authentic to them.
The Africans who were enslaved and brought to America wore their hair in natural styles. Braids, plaits, and twists in various styles were the norm.