Tignon Laws Forced Black Women To Cover Their Hair

A Caribbean woman wearing a tignon. (Getty Images)

Black women often face discrimination and hardship on account of their "distracting" hair, and it turns out it's been happening since their earliest days in the U.S. While today, black hair is considered as fashionable as it is "unprofessional," there was a time when lawmakers forced black women to literally keep their hair under wraps.