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Women Are Standing Up For Natural Hair With The Hashtag #SupportThePuff

The hashtag is in reaction to the suspension of a group of female students for their "unkempt" hair.

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Last week, local media reported that a group of girls were allegedly suspended from CR Walker High School in Nassau, Bahamas, for having "untidy" hair.

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However, Turkessa Deleveaux, a mother of one of the girls involved posted to Facebook, saying she is "standing up" against "foolishness" and protecting her daughter's right to have natural hair.

Facebook: thequietstorm80

The next day, Deleveaux said children at the school had begun standing up for their natural hair, telling teachers they were supporting "the puff".

Facebook: thequietstorm80

The phrase caught on and inspired social media users to defend natural hair with the hashtags #ISupportthepuff and #Supportthepuff

When your school about to go on strike for our natural hair rights. ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #SupportThePuff

#supportthepuff A principal in the Bahamas said that a student couldn't wear her hair In a puff. Said it was unkept. Sign the petition

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Many people are also sharing photos of their own natural hair to support the girls.

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Some accounts are also sharing photos of the hair of one of the girls caught up in the controversy.

Sign the petition to #supportthepuff https://t.co/RKHMClT5Zi

#SupportThePuff #WeMatter #IndependentElizabeth #RealityCheck #Bahamas

On Monday Deleveaux updated her Facebook, saying she "ain't backing down" and will keep fighting for natural hair.

Facebook: thequietstorm80

Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rachael Krishna at rachael.krishna@buzzfeed.com.

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