Why, then, is only one afro ever allowed on the Street at a time?
The afro is the mightiest of all hairstyles. It is proud, defiant; it is quite literally headstrong. Think of the greatest wearers of the afro. Diana Ross. Pam Grier. Lionel Richie. Michael Jackson. These people are legends. It's the Official Hairstyle of Blaxploitation and Motown, an expression of political might and social awareness. It's damn fine, you dig?
The first person in Corrie to properly wield an afro with pride was Kelly Crabtree. (Curly's girlfriend Shirley had a semi-fro, but it was the eighties: everyone had big hair then). Kelly was short of skirt and big of hair, huge, voluminous locks bursting out of the top of her head. It acted as an early warning system - beware the mighty mouth approaching. One glimpse of those stacked curls over the back of a Rovers booth and you knew a noisy time was going to follow.
Kelly left, and was replaced with that girl who was a stripper and who bunked up with Lloyd. She was completely forgettable. I can't remember her name even as I sit here. All I can remember is she had a fierce ball of incredible black hair that radiated from her head like a darkened sun. It was far and away the most interesting thing about her, and I was sorry to see it leave.
Now Jenna's here to uphold the afro tradition, though in the grand tradition of ladies who like ladies, her hair is a little shorter and more sensible than her predecessors. Unfortunately her job in Roy's Rolls means that her mop of black pride is sadly kept under wraps for health and safety grounds; it's none the less always a pleasure when she turns up in the Rovers with it happily bouncing around her ears. All these women have been strong, gutsy, fierce - well, all of them except that girl who went off with her ex-husband in the end (Sharon? Susan? It'll come to me). I think Jenna should break out the afro more often, and perhaps influence other members of the Street to follow her example. Just imagine if Gail emerged from the salon with hair a foot high and a foot wide; I'm sure you'd agree, that would be a joy to behold.
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