Why is #Melanin SO Popular?
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Over the last couple of years, I've noticed an increase in the popularity of the word "melanin." The word has been included in the names of clothing companies, hashtags, and other elements. Black women (including myself) all over the world are posting pictures with the hashtags like #melanin, #melaninpoppin, and #melaninonfleek. On Instagram to date, the #melanin has over 4 million public posts. What is the reason for this?
Also, if you've ever wondered about freckles and why they exist, you can thank melanin! MedicineNet.com says, "Freckles which occur in people of all races are small, concentrated areas of increased melanin production." They get darker the more the skin is exposed to sunlight.
(Skin and Hair)
There are 2 types of melanin that relates to skin and hair. They include eumelanin and pheomelanin. Eumelanin gives hair and skin its dark to black color. Pheomelanin gives them a yellowish to reddish color. As a result, melanin is found in both light skin and dark skin people. There is a third type of melanin called neuromelanin which refers to a dark pigment in the brain.
Melanin is the reason why skin becomes tanned when it is out in the sun. It protects skin from the sun's rays.
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For the last 7 years, I've watched and participated in the natural hair movement. It was and still is a time where Black women have learned to appreciate their natural strands as well as the scalp it grows out of. It's a definite shift in thoughts relating to the standards of beauty. The same thing is happening with the melanin movement, and it's awesome to witness!
Use the #1BNMelanin on social media to continue the conversation!
What do you think about the use of #melanin and other related hashtags on social media?
Further Reading: Melanin -Encyclopedia Britannica
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