Solange Knowles Rants: I Am Not The Spokeswoman For Natural Hair!
Solange Knowles has a breakdown on Twitter, and finally lets the natural hair bullies have it, properly.
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
If it is one thing that makes the natural hair community a decisive one, it is the obsession with curl definition, and praising some hair types, while bashing others. And at center of the natural hair type division, there are the natural hair extremists (usually referred to as the natural hair nazis), who spend more time telling others what to do with their own tresses than actually taking care of their own hair. It is understandable that women would scour the internet and natural hair blogs for advice on a new lifestyle that they are adjusting to or while they search for the product line that works for their unique situation; but some people have just gone overboard and cannot seem to distinguish being helpful from being downright bossy. And this ladies and gentlemen, is what makes the beautiful natural hair journey very ugly and shallow at times.
Solange Knowles, sister to international superstar Beyonce, is learning now more than ever that being natural does not keep the shallow people at bay or keep them from writing the most disrespectful comments in the form of unrequested hair advice on your Instagram photos:
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I have been a natural for almost 3 years and I can say without any hesitation that some naturals are annoying as hell. They give you hair advice without you even asking for it, they obsess over certain hair types while shading others, and they bring the same shallowness to the natural hair community that they created in the relaxed hair community. It is obvious by some of the comments on natural hair blogs that Solange tends to draw in a certain kind of “critic” that makes me wonder if natural hair has just become a status symbol to some people, when it was supposed to just be an alternative to relaxers.
And why should hair be such a big deal anyway, when some many women are losing theirs to cancer but surviving the true battle and becoming survivors. We worship our hair while they worship life.
I love my hair, and yeah I think it’s dope because it is mine. But I will not obsess over natural hair to the point that I am treating other folks’ hair like it’s on top of my scalp too.
There is a limit to being helpful and being bossy. And it starts with the very thin line of giving advice and forcing it. Rather women choose to relax their hair or go natural, it does not change the fact that it is their hair. And for that, their decisions to rock twist-outs and love the creamy crack is to be respected.
But can we all agree that telling Solange to rock twist-outs because her hair is not “curly enough” is stupid?