Isis Brantley Defends Invite of Rachel Dolezal to Hair Rally

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DALLAS - How we style our hair is usually what sets us apart from each other. But one local hairstylist is attempting to use hair to bring people together.

On Saturday, Isis Brantley led a natural hair rally in Dallas.

"It's about celebration of natural hair and the natural hair movement,” Brantley SAID.

Brantley started the annual rally in 2011 to raise support for natural-hair legislation. In 1997, Brantley was arrested inside her salon for braiding hair without a license. Last year the stylist was instrumental in the passing of a law which exempts hair braiders from having to have a license to operate in the state.

This year`s rally was highlighted by a controversial special guest, former Spokane NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal.

"That upset a lot of people. They started to protest,” Brantley explained.

Dolezal, who's best known for pretending to be black, became a hair braider once she stepped down from her role with the NAACP.

"I only reached out to her because of her skills and because of her art and that's what really sold me was that she was a skilled braider," said Brantley.

"It's the only language that we all speak and it's the only art that we all gravitate to so I think it's a beautiful thing."

Hey, what better way to spend Labor Day weekend than letting your hair down?

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