Durags originally served as a way for black men to style their hair overnight or prevent friction, frizz, and flyaways while sleeping. Meanwhile, aside from protecting the hair, black women also use them either for aesthetic appeal or to cover their hair for religious reasons.
For quite a while, they weren’t really worn out in public, especially since they were banned by the NFL in 2001 and later by the NBA in 2005. Why? Mainly because they share a fate similar to Muslim women’s headscarf, as people are often labeled as thuggish and “unsafe” when they wear durags.
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