Nappy is becoming a rallying term for black women in France, Africa and the United States*. Nappy means frizzy but was diverted to a contraction of "natural and happy".
Why "natural"? These women claim the look of their original hair, they do not uncurl them, do not weave them with straight hair, so as to look like Western women. For them, Nappy, frizzy hair, discredited for so long, are magnificent.
In the late Sixties, a woman embodied the aesthetic and political revolt of African Americans, the philosopher Angela Davis. She campaigned for civil rights, defended the Black Panthers, including Elridge Cleaver**, and had frizzy fuzzy hair: the famous "Afro".
The Seventies continued this hairstyle, with blaxploitation films and black stars who displayed an Afro look. In Foxy Brown (1974), actress Pam Grier hides a gun in her Afro, while in the musical Hair, made into a film in 1979, the Afro is a symbol of freedom. Stars of soul music and disco, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, kept their curly hair.
Hence the idea that took Philip Chenevez (Cinela), who attended the first edition of the Africaparis festival, at the "Carreau du Temple" in Paris, to start working on a new wind protection recalling somehow the Afro.
This Windjammer is made from polyethylene terephthalate fibers (PET) from recycling of "bottle PET" which enables the manufacture of "fiber PET" used among other things in the manufacture of bedding duvets and jackets.
A new hot market thus opens for manufacturers, otherwise worried about statements of German toxicologists who reported that PET would undermine the fertility of both men and women.
The trick is to use "fluff" hair, that are short and dense hairs, rather than "jar" which are long and less dense.
Indeed, the moving air around the windscreens can cause sudden and temporary increases in the relative wind speed, depending on its position, and this "fluff" hair has the ability to cushion and smooth these disturbances .
But no need to worry! Sound recordists do not risk anything handling this Windjammer, and the future of their offspring as "renowned sound mixers" will always be assured.
It is obvious that many tests should be performed in various and numerous shooting conditions before asserting that this is not a theorist chimera, since searchers, as teached by experience, are almost always threatened by the risk of seeing fairies in the garden.
* Beware that the word Nappy is no longer used in USA otherwise than in a sarcastic context if not racism.
** Elridge Cleaver, from the Black Panther Party, was accused of attempted murder by the Oakland police in 1968. He went into exile in Algeria and then spent time in Cuba before settling in France, thanks to Valéry Giscard d'Estaing intervention. He became fashion designer and invented pants with a patch like a sock, the famous "Penis Pants"; pants that deserved to be included in Ben Stiller’s cult film Zoolander. He died in 1998 in California at the age of 62.