Fashion Fair's Nassali Kiggundu

As the cosmetic line's new spokesmodel, this Ugandan beauty talks about the upside of being bald.

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TR: Why do you think that hair is such a sensitive topic for the black community?

NK: People that we believe to be beautiful -- their beauty usually has something to do with their hair. You feel confident with hair -- I had hair, tracks -- all of that and you feel confident. Then you start feeling like it's a necessity, which is the problem. When you feel like you need it and you have to have it, you don't feel good about yourself.

Black women have beautiful hair, but we aren't really wearing it the way it is supposed to be worn naturally, which is why we're having hair damage and breakage from processing it. It's a sensitive topic because it's such a major part of our identity.

Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., is editor-at-large for The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., is founder and editor-in-chief of the Burton Wire. A media scholar and critic who is an expert on the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality with film, television and new media, Burton is associate professor of communication and media studies at Goucher College in Baltimore. Follow her on Twitter.

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