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Did ‘Desperate Housewives’ Diss Natural Hair?

• Jan 24, 2012

Blogger DailyCurlz submitted this clip from a recent episode of Desperate Housewives. Renee, played by actress Vanessa Williams, is upset that her hair is ‘fro’ed out’ due to a missed relaxer appointment. I see what the writers were going for, but throwing jabs at natural hair to get a laugh is really lazy and unimaginative. And I personally think the fro is quite cute!

Ladies, what do you think! And be sure to check out DailyCurlz.com for more hair news.

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Crystal
9 years ago

I was planning to blog about this.
Personally, I thought the fro was beautiful.

And yeah, it was a diss. She called the natural hair look, a beautiful fro, a mess. Not cool at all.

milkchocolate
milkchocolate
9 years ago
Reply to  Crystal

Agreed. And some people online are urging for it to be straight again. *smh*

Sherron
9 years ago
Reply to  milkchocolate

Its not surprising at all that (as usual) a negative comment is made by a black woman about her natural hair (she called it a mess) if it were in its artificially straightened form (the long, straight hair achieved by chemicals and/or heat or fake hair (weaves or wigs) that we see MOST black women wearing) no one would call it a “mess” it would be sexy and beautiful right? ive never seen a woman with long, straight hair call her hair a mess why does everyone else dislike and disrespect the natural hair texture (curly) of black people? Because… Read more »

Adriii
Adriii
9 years ago

Wow! Vanessa Williams looks BEAUTIFUL with an afro!!!!

milkchocolate
milkchocolate
9 years ago
Reply to  Adriii

She sure does. Sexy mama!

Jade
Jade
9 years ago

Who cares?

Clarissa
Clarissa
9 years ago
Reply to  Jade

hahah right!

Brittany
Brittany
9 years ago
Reply to  Clarissa

Ditto.

Lu
Lu
9 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

Obviously you three do, a lot, as you took time out of your busy schedules to share how much you don’t care about something other people do care about. Feel better?

To me, it plays ignorant and offensive with ignorant getting the edge. Clearly, the skit was written by white people who have no idea about black women’s hair and thought it would be witty/cutting edge/timely to mock it. Thankfully, this tired show is making its way off the air.

Tasha UK
Tasha UK
9 years ago
Reply to  Lu

Thank you LU!!

Laila N
Laila N
9 years ago
Reply to  Lu

People kill me in this natural hair community…I was all for women expressing the versatility that natural hair brings(as a natural hair stylist), but its gone too far. Women are far too sensitive about this thing…Yall know doggone well if she her hair was a stringy broke off hot mess, everyone would be saying their 2 cents about how relaxers are this and that…no one would be standing up for the people who actually achieve healthy hair while relaxed. I dont watch the show but I watched the clip, and I saw what the showed was supposed to betray..she a… Read more »

iCommentNow
iCommentNow
9 years ago
Reply to  Laila N

i definitely disagree with you, laila. i’m not natural, but what this show that gets millions of views weekly portrayed is problematic and is just as important as the stereotype that you used “black women are so manly, we don’t need a man.” as of late going natural is not only becoming a trend in the black community, it’s an act of showing pride for ourselves. since the media negatively represents us, it’s a way to represent ourselves. it’s a complex situation and desperate housewives just continued the stereotype… so i disagree with you and say that this is just… Read more »

tristan
tristan
9 years ago
Reply to  Laila N

there isn’t such a thing as healthy relaxed hair. that’s an oxymoron.and its obvious to me that the writer don’t know anything about relaxed hair…one missed appointment would never make such a beautiful fro. the worst she would have had was un-relaxed roots. i think before they make jabs like that they should do their research.

Leah
Leah
9 years ago
Reply to  Jade

Agreed.

Asia Dupree
Asia Dupree
9 years ago

At her age, if Ms. Williams is not cognizant about this disparaging type of humor..why should it shock you?

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago
Reply to  Asia Dupree

True. Her and Millions of others Black, white, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian doesn’t matter. It is what it is in this society.

Brittany
9 years ago

They definitely did! This notoriously monochromatic show is certainly sending messages about what they feel is an appropriate look for a black woman.

I both called and wrote to ABC to let them know it won’t be tolerated!

milkchocolate
milkchocolate
9 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

I applaud you. I also suggest tweeting @DesperateABC. That’s effective because no company likes to be called out on twitter.

C.
C.
9 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

Totally agree with you. I was immediately offended! It seems that the media goes out of its way to try to insult Black women or to somehow to make what is totally awesome about us seem to be some sort of liability (take for instance the comment by the Senator about Mrs. O’s badonka donk). When the Lynette character inquired to Vanessa William’s character about what “happened” to her hair, to bad Vanessa couldn’t reply that I decided to give up the chemicals instead of praising the ability of a white stylist to straighten Black hair. I can take a joke… Read more »

Bee_Major
Bee_Major
9 years ago

OMG! I tweeted about this when it happened… I was like wait? Did they just insinuate that natural hair is “disastrous”? #icant… and DH is my SHOW! But they lost points for that. They’re lucky it’s the final season and I’m too invested in the story to boycott them now… LOL! 😀 But Vanessa looked AWESOME with that ‘fro… Period. *WERK*

milkchocolate
milkchocolate
9 years ago
Reply to  Bee_Major

I’m with you. It would be one thing if the hair looked bad, but it didn’t. So they essentially called natural hair, “bad hair.”

The more effective and less offensive route would have been to have her wear a tangled straight weave that looks messed up. Joke understood — no controvery. No insult to anyone (except weave manufacturers). But nooooo, they had to go there and pick on black women with natural hair. It was blatant and wrong.

AFROPUFF
AFROPUFF
9 years ago

I think its ok to make fun of peoples hair. I sometimes think the black race in general is too sensitive. Learn to sit back and laugh. Not everything has to be taken so personal..ok she said “i dont think theres a thinking cap big enough” so what…her hair is huge and cute and shes rocking it and its different! its not like she came out covering it up out of shame. geez. let the jokes be said to all hair types, and let the hair be worn as people see fit for themselves!

ain't misbehavin'
ain't misbehavin'
9 years ago
Reply to  AFROPUFF

Who makes fun of straight hair? No one.

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago

I somewhat agree, a joke is a joke, but at the same time, I didn’t find any humor in the joke at all.

Jineane
Jineane
9 years ago
Reply to  AFROPUFF

She actually wore it covered with a horrible scarf for the rest of the show. They then had the nerve to change it out to curly hair under the scarf.

I’m usually the first to say people are a little too sensitive about hair, but I am put off by the fact that Renee is the only black woman within 1,000 miles of that place, and that was the choice they made.

Tay
Tay
9 years ago
Reply to  Jineane

It can be funny to some…But think of it this way…What if she was made a mess by making her look fat…Who would be mainly offended by that??…
Its a joke to someone who embrace the idea that the perm is the way to go but for someone who is trying to keep this new mentality that kinky and curly is beautiful, yes, it would be a very sensitive topic.

milkchocolate
milkchocolate
9 years ago
Reply to  Tay

Preach!

Cleopatra
Cleopatra
9 years ago
Reply to  Tay

People are not born fat, they become fat so your comparison is invalid.

Donna
Donna
9 years ago
Reply to  AFROPUFF

If it were presented as a joke I could agree, but this flat out said this hair texture is a problem. If they styled her hair in a bad fro again I could understand but her hair looks perfectly fine, looks good on her actually.

esmagnifique
esmagnifique
9 years ago
Reply to  AFROPUFF

JOKE (n.): something that is amusing or ridiculous, especially because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; farce

Well I guess black women’s natural hair texture is a joke then. Welp! [Sarcasm.]

Amiya
Amiya
9 years ago

Oh yes! that was defenitely a diss! but what els is new? I’m tired of it though. why can’t they just leave us alone and let us wear our hair the way we were meant to, i mean, why do they care so much about what OUR hair should look like? It is ever going to stop? smmfh

AFROPUFF
AFROPUFF
9 years ago

lets not forget that the things that she did say still represent a large part of the female african american race that always need to get their hair “did” and straightened.. doesnt make it wrong.

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago
Reply to  AFROPUFF

Exactly, and until black politics is restored to the “I’m black and I’m proud” mentality, and we become supportive within our own communities, Why should we be respected, by any other nationalities. At the same time, they don’t really care how we wear out hair, as long as we aren’t militant about it like we were during the Black Power Movement. It was a joke, and some of people are more sensitive to this issue than others. As long as we are women, That may never change. Everyone’s personality is different, and folk have a right to feel whatever emotion… Read more »

Khy
Khy
9 years ago

I love Desperate Housewives and didn’t even realize it was a diss until this post.

BeautyIAM
BeautyIAM
9 years ago

Um, I’m not necessarily offended. They could have written it in a more flattering way though. I’m getting insanely bored with the idea that straight hair is the way to go to look presentable.

I think with the amount of black women that are starting to embrace their natural texture, poking fun at natural hair just isn’t going to work anymore.

ain't misbehavin'
ain't misbehavin'
9 years ago
Reply to  BeautyIAM

We’re easy targets. We put out movies, documentaries, poems and books about the hatred of our hair. Of course people will notice. Any non black person can “pick on” Afro textured hair and they’ll be justified because overall, we hate it. We’re the only women who actually call ourselves “natural”. Why? Because the majority of us are not.

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago

Unfortunately Ain’t Misbehavin’ whether you believe it or not, this “Natural” mentality dates back to slavery. It is embedded so deep within our DNA, because it has been going on for HUNDREDS of years. Not just since the 60–70’s. As a society we find it hard to overcome, because now relaxing seems like the “natural” thing to do. Our ancestors did it to overcome their differences from Caucasians, and/or help them escape etc. Its a shame, in my opinion, that we feel the need to fit in, and that we can’t even accept our own differences as a African American… Read more »

Corinthia
Corinthia
9 years ago

Relax people its just hair!

Ebby
Ebby
9 years ago
Reply to  Corinthia

Couldn’t agree more!! If people saw the whole episode, they would know that her hairstylist was mad at her and that’s why her head ended up like that. She did make it work and even commented that in that small town only 1 person even knew how to do a black woman’s hair-why not talk about that???

Brittany
Brittany
9 years ago
Reply to  Ebby

I totally agree. I’m mad this is even a discussion on here.

Tasha UK
Tasha UK
9 years ago
Reply to  Ebby

Yes, her hair stylist was mad and ‘this’ is what her ‘ended up’ like, he made her hair look natural, like most the women who read this blog and whos hair may have been styled like Rene’s (not even considering that a missed touch up doesn’t make hair natural, talk about a easy transition!). I watched the whole episode and in context it was just as bad as seeing this small clip if not worse, like when she covered her hair, now loose curls, when seeing her boyfriend, the comment she made then were probably worse. So yh… What’s there to… Read more »

Ebby
Ebby
9 years ago
Reply to  Tasha UK

It might be normal but so is a woman not liking her natural hair sometimes. If you feel like the character Rene should change her view on her own hair, shouldn’t the norm of stylist not knowing how to do our hair?? I mean there’s no excuse for it, there’s youtube, blogs, and just a wealth of info out there. Also as a fan of the show, I’m not in shock of how she acted after seeing her hair. Based on how her character acts and how she normally wears her hair, I expected her to act as such. When her… Read more »

Tasha UK
Tasha UK
9 years ago
Reply to  Ebby

I understand your point but my point is not that she shouldn’t have disliked the natural look, I would expect a woman who wasn’t on tv to share my views on natural hair but as the only representation of a black woman in the show, and one of few on tv it wasn’t nice to ‘diss’ natural hair like that. True not everything is an attack on us, but after continually being attacked as women, it puts some of us on the defensive all the time. This time it was natural hair another time it’s calling women who wear size 12… Read more »

Tasha UK
Tasha UK
9 years ago
Reply to  Corinthia

I know right, why are we talking about just hair, natural hair that, on a natural hair blog.… oh wait…

Ashley
Ashley
9 years ago
Reply to  Corinthia

Exactly it’s just hair and it’s a joke.

esmagnifique
esmagnifique
9 years ago
Reply to  Corinthia

When are black women gonna realize that it will never be “just hair?” We will don’t have the privilege of it being just hair to us when what comes naturally to many of us constantly being seen as less than and sometimes invisible in the media (skin and complexion, just to give another example). Please, get real. I won’t get into a history lesson, but don’t oversimplify things, especially things that pertain the African/African American/black community diaspora.

Vanessa
Vanessa
9 years ago

I just caught up on this episode and immediately searched the web to see if anyone had posted about this! Although I am not a black woman, I took immediate offense to what I perceived to be a jab at natural hair vs. relaxed. (I have naturally curly hair but get it straightened…but that’s besides the point:) And I think her hair looked really cute with the curls.

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Hey Vanessa, You made an excellent point. Regardless of nationality it was a stab at women with curly hair. Over the years it has become much more acceptable in our society to hair long, straight hair. Period. Anything else is subject to ridicule. In my opinion the joke was not funny. I am not necessarily angered or offended, because I guess I have grown accustomed to it, which is bad in and of itself but that’s another issue lol! But I do understand how it can be seen as offensive. And you’re right her hair was cute.

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago

I did not consider this clip a Diss, but at the same time it wasn’t funny in my opinion. Vanessa looks nice with an afro.

Tasha UK
Tasha UK
9 years ago

I was waiting for this one!!! I watched this last night and was tempted to send this to a blog… I don’t have an issue with Rene not being happy about her style, the foxy brown comment deserved a chuckle at best, it was the other things she said; referring to it as a brush etc.. I think after this when she was with her boyfriend. This rienforced the miss education about black peopl’s natural hair and I think Vanessa williams was wrong for calling out natural women like this…maybe abit harsh since she probably has little control over the show’s… Read more »

milkchocolate
milkchocolate
9 years ago
Reply to  Tasha UK

No, that wasn’t her hair. She gets a relaxer, so I would guess her own hair is probably a cross between that biracial curl (under the bandanna) and the course texture. Again, guessing based on her father and brothers’ hair. Her brother used to have a blondish curly fro as a kid. Her father and his brother (her uncle) have almost straight, wavy hair.

Watch her ep. of “Who Do You Think You Are” which traces her (black/‘mulatto’) ancestry.

Nat
Nat
9 years ago

Perhaps I lack the same sensitivity chip as other naturals, but I was not offended. If you’re familiar with the character that Ms. Williams plays, you’d know that she is an ex basketball wife and very shallow and materialist. Her appearance is a part of that shallowness.
By the way, what is so damning and derogatory about an “extra from Foxy Brown”? It seems like she was saying the style was outdated, not terrible.

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago
Reply to  Nat

Hey Nat, No you are not missing a sensitivity chip! lol! I was also not offended, but I understand why someone might consider that isolated clip as offensive. I do not watch the show and I appreciate you sharing that tidbit about VW character. Which puts the clip into perspective for me. At the same time I did not consider it funny, and the Foxy Brown extra comment was not derogatory. I understood that her character did not wish to resemble a Foxy Brown extra for whatever reason. Again I don’t watch the show so thanks for clarifying, because now… Read more »

Cynthia
Cynthia
9 years ago
Reply to  Nat

EXACTLY. People are going apeshit for no reason.

Lydia
Lydia
9 years ago

There was a diss, but she looked so cute.

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

I KNOW!!!!

I was so sad when i saw this. It’s interesting to see where our society still stands. We’ll change it eventually 🙂

Nickie
Nickie
9 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

@Anonymous,

I’m not sure if we will change. Unfortunately!

dailycurlz
9 years ago

Thanks for the repost. I have more picture in my site..

Cynthia
Cynthia
9 years ago

It’s not that serious. A lot of us had perms in our hair who frequently went to salons to avoid the “mess” Vanessa Williams’ character was talking about. Now that we’re natural, we embrace it. Cool beans. But many people are still not down with the natural hair yet. STILL. The writers are familiar with black girls wanting to avoid the fro’d look, so they write what they know. And maybe her character doesn’t like her hair fro’d out because it’s not tamed to her control. So there’s no need to feel dissed. You love your hair fro’d out with the… Read more »

binks
binks
9 years ago
Reply to  Cynthia

Agreed

milkchocolate
milkchocolate
9 years ago

What’s disparaging to me is what people (black and white) are saying online about it. While there are some compliments, some are howling laughing AT natural hair. The show should have just given her a messed up straight weave, tangled. That would have been funny. Making un of black natural hair…I’m done. I can’t wrap my mind around some comments in this thread either stating that it’s no big deal. Has no one watched Chris Rock’s “Good Hair?” Are we aware that black women are often discriminated against in the workplace due to natural hair, so many avoid it? Are… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Wow some naturals are too sensitive. It’s really not that serious.

Jade
9 years ago

1. I don’t watch the show, so I don’t care.

2. I’m sure the writers are white, so are you really surprised this is in the script?

3. That’s a nice looking wig.

4. If you want positive representation of black women on the tv, you’ll have to do it yourself. No one wants to see a black woman who is comfortable with her skin, hair, eyes, body, or nails. Seriously, do you know of any well-rounded black characters that aren’t tropes or stereotypes?

Mai
Mai
9 years ago

Desperate Housewives has only had 2 main black characters. The first one locked her son in the basement, and now here is an ex-basetball wife…such positivity (sarcasm). The writers may be white, but I am sure they are responding to black sentiment and natural hair still is not widely accepted imo. So none of this is surprising. And to be honest, if Vanessa had a problem with the script (which she reads before getting on set), she could of said something.

Ashante`
Ashante`
9 years ago

I seen this Sunday and was like “Hey! That’s not cool.(mad face)” Now it’s Tuesday, I forgot all about this until you guys post it. We’ll be label as the “Mad Black Woman” if we make this a bigger issue. Let’s wear our hair and be sexy with it. Yes this is setback but every day I see a different girl wearing her natural hair and that’s a win. At the end of the day it was a joke.

Erika
Erika
9 years ago

OK, this raised a couple of questions:

First: Just because you miss one relaxer touch up appointment, your hair turns into a big perfectly round afro (and a great looking one at that)?

Second: Desperate Housewives is still on the air?

mangomadness
mangomadness
9 years ago
Reply to  Erika

Exactly!

The impossiblilty of missing “one relaxer touch up appointment, your hair turns into a big perfectly round afro” is what makes me think this was a purposeful (but sloppy) jab atnatural, afo-textured hair.

+1000

Sheera
Sheera
9 years ago
Reply to  Erika

They were playing on the ignorance of people and their audience. It is a one thing when a predominantly Black show makes fun of things that are related to Black people (hair, skin, vocal tone, etc.) and another thing when a show dominated by whites make fun of Black people. Let’s not forget that the other Black family they had on the show had a crazy guy in the basement who was a rapist and Alfre Woodard (who is a BOMB actress) played his loon of a mother with the other son that was trying to hide it all. Maybe,… Read more »

anastasia
anastasia
9 years ago

I can take a joke like any good-natured woman yet I certainly am tired of being the butt of the joke. Afro hair = bad hair; “black” woman only beautiful if she’s closer to the so-called “white” aesthetic was the point of this-period. I’m sure a slew of beauty ads came on as soon as commercial break hit with computer enhanced non-POC models swinging their tresses. The proliferation of natural-haired beauties amidst the staus quo forces the machine of white-privilege to fight back in whatever innocent-looking way they can. For in this generation, if one is not being physically lynched,… Read more »

Sherron
9 years ago
Reply to  anastasia

u must b an intelligent educated & most of all CONSCIOUS black woman who KNOWS what media messages (visual or otherwise) are really TEACHING people when a child (or adult) watches TV he or she is ALWAYS LEARNING SOMETHING many times what is learned is a lie or something negative anyone watching this particular episode of Desperate Housewives would have learned that curly hair = a mess (ugly, bad, unwanted) and straight hair = beautiful, good, desired period it’s a very simple message well ask yourselves, WHO has curly hair? and WHO has straight hair? in other words once again… Read more »

Brittany
Brittany
9 years ago

Y’all really are making a mountain out of a molehill. It was funny especially in the context of the episode and Renee’s characters. Find something more worth while to be up and arms about.

shannon
shannon
9 years ago

I don’t think it was a diss on natural hair. I think it was a relaxer gone bad. I didn’t see the episode so I could be wrong. However, even now, if I paid to have my curls/coils straightened and walked out with the total opposite, I’d be a little pissed.

Sheera
Sheera
9 years ago
Reply to  shannon

Relaxers don’t go bad by going curly and poofy; that might be a curly perm. This indicates that these are undoubtedly White writers guided by misinformation and playing on the ignorance of their audience.

shannon
shannon
9 years ago
Reply to  Sheera

There have plenty of times where I would walk out of a salon after getting a touch-up and soon after my hair would be not so far off from the clip above (part of the reason I decided to stop perming). Now granted, IMO they over-exaggerated the hair for televisions sake. My point is, I don’t think its a diss on natural hair. In poor taste? yes. Diss? no.

Anisa
Anisa
9 years ago

I have never seen black hair look like that from missing one touch up.Okay, I’m done.

Mina
Mina
9 years ago

I don not think the fro is great looking it’s a bit weirdly shaped tbh however I recognise the below the belt jab at natural hair for what it is: ignorant people talking about something they know little about. I’m not surprised.

LV
LV
9 years ago

This is a tough call. Vanessa’s *character* is the type who would get all bent out of shape over this kind of thing — the kind who wouldn’t find her natural hair beautiful or acceptable…at first. I’ll be interested to see what (if anything) is done further with this style choice. That being said, it is a character who was put into a situation that was created by the writers. Does Vanessa Williams speak for all black women everywhere? No. Is she the SOLE representation of African-Americans on that show currently? Yes. Is this part of a larger cultural narrative… Read more »

Nimota
Nimota
9 years ago

Back when I did get relaxers, if I missed one, my hair sure as h*ll did not look like that. If it did, I would have gone natural a loooong time ago. It just goes to show that ignorant white people write the scripts for DH but that’s not anything new.

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Ashley
Ashley
9 years ago

I think her reaction to her hair is part of her character’s personality, her character is stuck up and big on her appearance and so her reaction was within the way she would react…

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

Not at all. I didn’t take it as a dis at all. I think that if Renee were white and went to a salon and they messed up her hair out of anger (the storyline), they would have matted it on her head as well.

I really think some naturals are taking things way too personal. If you enjoy your hair, enjoy your hair. Everyone isn’t going to love it and that’s ok but to look for a negative message in just about everything is a bit much. Just my opinion.

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9 years ago

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Kami
Kami
9 years ago

I think people are over reacting a little bit. Yes it is a slapstick storyline to make fun of someone with curly hair who usually straightens it have some reason that they end up with a fro, but I have seen this exact same idea employed with white people. Years ago there was an episode of Friends where they’re all in the Caribbean, and Monica, who’s hair is apparently naturally straight, spends the entire trip with her hair expanding because of the humidity. Now I wasn’t a fan of either of these story lines because I thought both of the… Read more »

Victoria
Victoria
9 years ago
Reply to  Kami

*applauds*

My point exactly and I was planning to add that in my comment lol

Ashley F.
Ashley F.
9 years ago
Reply to  Kami

exactly..@Kami

empress
empress
9 years ago
Reply to  Kami

riiight not a race thing just because they put a yt woman in that scenario. Even though we KNOW for a fact that curly hair is more prevalent in certain races (darker) than others. Keep rationalizing how these people feel about you and maybe just maybe you will convince yourself that they really like you deep down inside. lol CLASSIC!

Ashley
Ashley
9 years ago

I don’t watch the show, but I watched that clip and I didn’t find it offensive at all. I don’t think it’s that serious either, it’s just hair and it’s a joke.

GG
GG
9 years ago

I saw this episode and my boyfriend kept asking me (a million times) “what’s wrong with her hair.…I dont get it.” I’ve been natural now for going on 7 years…He and I have been together 2 years. He loves me no matter what looking Im wearing for the week lol straight, afro, wigs, half wigs.… He loves it all. I wish that they would have had Renee, who is a Diva show thatt she could be a diva no matter how she rocks her hair. But we have to be honest with ourselves there are stil many sisters who would still conduct… Read more »

maralondon
maralondon
9 years ago

It is that serious and part of the bigger problem we have as people of African origin concerning our insecurities about ourselves. It’s serious when we have little girls wanting long straight and blond hair like their european peers and believing that they are not as beautiful as them. Don’t you think that as adults we have a responsibility to our youngsters. It’s up to us as adults to instill confidence in our youngsters especially when it comes to our image because lets be honest its always been the the butt of European jokes, it’s not even confined to Europeans… Read more »

Iamsonotmyhair
Iamsonotmyhair
9 years ago

Haa! HA!! That was funny!

Wholesale Human Hair
9 years ago

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No Name
No Name
9 years ago

That’s why I quit coming to this site, naturals are always getting offended by something. Get over it! It is just hair.

Sherron
9 years ago
Reply to  No Name

it is not “just a joke” people say that when “the joke” is about us but i have NEVER in my 34 years of life seen a joke made about/against straight hair (a natural feature of MOST nonblack people) and since most of US do NOT have hair that grows from our scalps as straight hair it is very obvious that this joke is indeed offensive, racist and mean why dont they show a white woman calling her pale skin “a mess” as a joke? or why don’t they show a woman with long, straight hair calling her hair “a mess” because… Read more »

empress
empress
9 years ago
Reply to  Sherron

PREACH! Just remember that we are a work in progress and those who don’t know any better will always exist unless we voice how WRONG some of this bullcrap is.

Victoria
Victoria
9 years ago

Lord, are you kidding me? This seems kinda racist to me actually, the whole debate that is. I am extremely Swedish, but with WHITE (natural blonde) afro hair, yes that is possible. I am 42, there were no flattening irons, or brazilian blowouts etc until I was a grown up and dang I have had problems with my hair. It is an aquired taste, but yes — I laughed at her in that episode as much as I laugh at myself every morning when I wake up looking like I’ve slept with my fingers in an electrical socket. Think it’s… Read more »

marilouthegreat
marilouthegreat
8 years ago
Reply to  Victoria

wow.you said that you are a white woman,BOOM 2 negative votes.it seems that only black women have the right to have afro hair,complain about the pressure of the perfect ”white hair” when we white girls are naturally born with perfect hair and no struggle.guess what?not every single white person has straight hair.actually most of the white people i know have frizzy,wavy or curly hair and they straighten them all the time.the pressure for the perfect hair applies on everyone.i know many black women going on natural,i know no white woman leaving the house without curling or straighting their hair.and i… Read more »

empress
empress
9 years ago

I honestly can’t believe all the comments from people who ‘weren’t offended’ lol Hey massa didn’t offend ALOT of the other house negroes either huh? Look, at the end of the day, THAT IS OUR BLACK HAIR. Most of the people who aren’t offended claim to be au natural. Well hate to break it to you but natural hair doesn’t always translate into conscious thinking and this is a discussion prompted by just that! When you know your history and the effects that subliminal negative media messages have on our CHILDREN (yeah remember them) and some of the already self… Read more »

James
James
9 years ago

The fro does not suit her. It may suit some girls, but not her.

juanita617
juanita617
8 years ago

I don’t think the producers or whomever put the afro wig on Vanessa William’s hair was truly trying to dis natural hair. This was an exaggeration of someone who wanted a touched relaxer. I think the exaggeration of the afro was suppose to be funny even though only black people would have recognized it. Non blacks don’t know this truly CANNOT happen to someone with a relaxer. That fro would have taken years of transitioning…LOL! I would say, don’t get too mad about it. We all know plenty of women, (ourselves even, back when we were relaxing) that you didn’t… Read more »

Tabatha
Tabatha
8 years ago

No I don’t think so. I think that they are portraying real women When they miss appointments. When I was relaxing I always scheduled as early as possible. It wasn’t that I didn’t like fros, but my hair is difficult when its extremely curly.

Tabatha
Tabatha
8 years ago

Sherron clearly you haven’t seen how white people are flocking to tanning salons because they hate their pale skin. I don’t take offense at all I’m just not sensitive that way and they have made fun of straight hair you just haven’t seen it yet. I’m not dismissing it I have afro hair, and I laugh every time when it just isn’t doing what its suppose to. It happens. Mexicans tend to make fun of their short comings on television and its not that big of deal. Other ethnicities are buying up wigs and weaves just as much as we… Read more »

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8 years ago

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7 years ago

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