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I’m Not Here For It: Celebrities and the “Me Too!” Natural Hair Syndrome

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I mean no shade or disrespect by what I’m about to say. I know this type of post is off the beaten path for me, but the idea has been bouncing around in the back of my mind for some time now. And this won’t be long, because I’m not one to put tons of energy and effort into these things. I just have one main point, and I’m gonna drop the mic.

Let me go ahead and say it: I’m not impressed by celebrity selfies and glimpses into their natural hair.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool and all that underneath the pounds of weave and wig that you wear, that you have more than two strands of hair. But what I don’t understand is the purpose beyond some sort of validation-seeking effort to convince followers and fans that you wear weaves not as a necessity, but as an option or to “protect” your hair.

Miss me with that.

Often times when celebrities “reveal” their hair, I’m not impressed. Not because most of their hair tends to look damaged, thin, and generally uncared for, but because of the underlying thirst for inclusion within the natural hair community. Basically…

Natural women are chilling, minding their own business like:

And then the celebrity “between-weaves-natural-hair-validation” selfie pops up on Instagram like:

I’m just not feeling it. The natural hair community is about embracing what God gave you, and being comfortable in your own skin. The BWNHV selfies (see above for acronym breakdown) in my opinion, completely undermine said notion and promote the idea that natural hair is a thing to do and thereby reduced to a hashtag for likes, as opposed to a statement embracing one’s true self. It’s opportunistic, disingenuous, and a little sad.

It kinda reminds me of relaxer lines that are popping up with natural hair products

Bottom line: I’m not here for it.

What do you think???

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Flynfab
Flynfab
7 years ago

I totally agree! Their thirst for attention diminishes what real women are doing with their hair. I hate when someone says to me, “oh, you’re natural, that’s the fad now” and “you’re doing it because it’s trendy”. Um…no! Celebrity selfies only promote the “fad”.

Candice
Candice
7 years ago
Reply to  Flynfab

I don’t know about that. Most of the celebs I have seen. Like Brandy, Angela Simmons, Keke Palmer… You can tell by their pics that this was not just some over night thing and not about a fad for them. You dont get the length some of these women have over night. so that to me makes it clear that they have been natural for some time. Especially Brandy because we know she was always rocking her braids. And most of them do not need any extra attention because they are doing their thing regardless. Just my opinion…

TINA SMITH
TINA SMITH
7 years ago
Reply to  Flynfab

WOW I SO AGREE. A FRIEND SAID TO ME IT’S THE IN THING NOW. IT REALLY BOTHERED ME BC THAT IS NOT WHY I AM NATURAL

Tia
Tia
7 years ago

I have no problem with celebrity reveals or selfies. Is it so wrong to want to be included? To be a part of something? Especially something that is healthy and uplifting like embracing your natural hair? I think not.

Tiff
Tiff
7 years ago
Reply to  Tia

Actually there is. It’s one thing to admire a subculture, it’s cool to even make adjustments to ones self because you strongly desire to be a part of a certain community (ie adopting corporate culture) but it’s a twinkle disturbing to pretend. These celebrities are not interested in being natural, they don’t have genuine interest in the natural hair community they’re interested in praise for being down. I find it sad.

Shawn
Shawn
7 years ago
Reply to  Tiff

I find it hard to believe that an individual would grow their hair out and get those permed strands clipped off for the sake of being “down”. They had to go through the same process as any other natural in order to become perm-free. No celebrity is that elite that someone can grow them a whole head of hair overnight. Should they wear their hair out? Sure. Most definitely. But they’re also human.

By making these stances, you yourself place them on a pedestal as if they are separate from the masses.

deb
deb
7 years ago
Reply to  Shawn

I think it’s them suddenly wanting to show off their hair but then again everyone is showing off everything in the instagram age. I’m not even go any further trying to figure out what their intentions are or are not. It’s just not that important to the natural hair “cause” or that serious IMO. As long as they aren’t spouting negativity or ignorance about our hair, it’s whatever.

Tia
Tia
7 years ago
Reply to  Tiff

It is no different than a black girl wanting to join a black sorority. What are her reasons? Everyone has a different reason, a different path that may just lead to the same destination. I did not want to be a part of the sorority community-inclusion into a particular group but I did not judge other women for wanting to belong or be included. So no, there is nothing wrong with celebrities wanting to be a part of-inclusion into the natural hair community.

taylor
taylor
7 years ago
Reply to  Tiff

This “natural community” thing is really starting to grind my gears…how is wearing your hair the way it grows, now a “subculture”? How are they being faulted for “admiring” their own hair?

I also thought this article was such a double standard. Just because celebs are in the limelight doesn’t make everything they do disingenuous…If it was some random girl posting pics of her hair or doing a length check after she took down her weave, nobody would be making a big deal. It’s not that deep…

alphacentauri
alphacentauri
7 years ago

I agree. But what im not here for is you straight women using gay lingo like “no shade”.

alphacentauri
alphacentauri
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

Awwwww you bishes mad? All tea all shade you fish cant use our lingo!

Yuzu
Yuzu
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

Mad? Oh no, you probably got down-voted because your comment was off topic and no one has any idea what you’re saying~ XD

Arnetta
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

I didn’t know that was gay lingo. Since when??? Everyone uses it.

coffeeandfingernails
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

1, never heard this as “gay lingo”, 2, on what basis do you assume everyone here is straight?

leneybean
leneybean
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

But.…a lot of gays will tell you that “gay lingo” stems from ebonics so have several seats.

Nappy 4C Rocks
Nappy 4C Rocks
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

lol

Liz
Liz
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

Boy, bye.

Black gay lingo is derivative of what? If you come up with an answer that doesn’t include black women and how we speak (or how black gays think we speak) you need a clue.

miley's left buttcheek
miley's left buttcheek
7 years ago
Reply to  alphacentauri

are you high??? you read an entire post with excellent & valid points, and THIS is what you take from it? to the point of a brazen comment?? self-indulgent douche says what?

alice
alice
7 years ago

I get where youre coming from 100%. I will say though at the very beginning before I discovered sites like this and urban bush babes, I was inspired by the celebs because it was nice to see that they actually have hair underneath the weaves and wigs. Fast forward a few months later and seeing these sites, I am not as impressed with the celebs as before but kudos to them for having hair I guess. But seeing women like Solange, Teyonah and Viola rocking their natural hair a lot makes me wonder why the others don’t do so. They have… Read more »

deb
deb
7 years ago
Reply to  alice

They are probably scared and/or don’t want to period. It’s futile to try to understand why they don’t go beyond that collectively or individually. I made sure to stop doing that to celebs and everyday people.

Hopefully seeing women like Viola (who is a high caliber actress and well respected) and Teyonah sporting their hair in diverse and fabulous ways will encourage other black famous folk to do the same.

The community blew up in large part because of inspiration and the encouragement that it gave to individuals. It is not by force. (not saying you were implying that).

Shondrika
Shondrika
7 years ago

The statement is beautiful and I get it. I just believe it goes back to the notion of thats why you are natural, not every natural person thinks the same or went natural for the same reason. Just like women who wear wigs or weaves, they have their reasons. There are natural women/men who are looking and searching for attention too. For me it truly is about embracing and loving who you are. If a celeb wants to show their natural hair( be it damaged or healthy) let them do it and when they are ready to fully join the… Read more »

Charm White
Charm White
7 years ago

Classic case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Girls with natural hair have established a sense of pride that goes with embracing ones self naturally and I love that. On the other hand, there seems to be an epidemic where they are snobbing the rest of us who either choose to relax our hair or wear weaves. I am currently trying to go natural but let me just say that this superiority attitude exhibited by SOME girls with natural hair is not an encouragement to other black sisters who may be considering it or have never… Read more »

Tiff
Tiff
7 years ago
Reply to  Charm White

Nooooooo! Lol. I think you totally misunderstood. She’s not bashing people for wearing weaves or wigs. Nobody cares. I loveeeeee Gabrielle Unions weave, she makes me want to cross over.

She’s criticizing women with no interest in their natural hair posting these odd natural hair pics before they get their new weave sewed in just for attention. Given it makes sense, the natural hair community is growing and has a lot of buying power…but it’s insulting.

Charm White
Charm White
7 years ago
Reply to  Tiff

I see what you are saying but I don’t think I misunderstood the superiority complex here. “Underneath all that pound of wig and weaves”. It’s something you infer. It is a real attitude, believe me. And it is widespread. I have friends like that, that just put down black females for choosing to wear wigs and weaves, etc because they on the other hand are natural. This is not cool. A lot of black girls are finally coming around to embracing their natural hair, because we have to admit, it’s has been a struggle on a group level. Some haven’t… Read more »

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  Charm White

great positive insight

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  Charm White

good points…

Emmanuela
Emmanuela
7 years ago

I’m not bothered by celeb showing their natural hair at all. Having worked in the fashion industry I’ve seen some awful things happen to models & celeb hair because the stylist is trying to achieve a particular look for a photo shoot, fashion show, etc and they tryn to get it done quick. I’ve seen a models hair get melted off because the stylist had the heat on the curling iron so high. These stylist are not taking their time to do these styles, they are on a major time crunch. They gotta move fast and are not thinking of… Read more »

deb
deb
7 years ago
Reply to  Emmanuela

playing devils advocate: some don’t wear their natural hair out (publicly anyway) AT ALL or almost never do. Maybe it’s really inconvenient but I’m guessing wearing their hair out between weaves can be done if they really wanted to. I’m no saying they HAVE to just presenting a counterpoint. There are many non-celeb women hooked on weaves so a celeb in a vacuum like Hollywood would probably be more susceptible to that habit.

Mey
Mey
7 years ago

I couldn’t agree less! Iv been natural 7 years and have braided my real hair and wore a wig from time to time. Sometimes most of the year. I’m not a celebrity, but I understand why they do it. I’m so over someone else telling another person what their natural should be. It’s no different than someone thinking a real natural wears a fro. I’m glad these celebs are proud to show they gave up the creamy crack, they’ll help others do the same. Far as selfies go, im sure the celebs were doing them long before they went natural!… Read more »

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  Mey

agreed

Christina Patrice
7 years ago
Reply to  Mey

Mey, I think you completely misunderstood me and made a few assumptions along the way. 1. I understand the natural hair community does not exist as a monolith, and everyone’s preferences, styling, and definitions of natural are very personal. 2. I have not the slightest reason to be jealous of any celebrity and the length of their hair — I’ve got quite long hair myself, thanks to sites like BGLH and natural hair bloggers who have helped me learn tons about how to best care for my hair. 3.That I’m a hater. I wasn’t aware that hater is defined as, “one who… Read more »

Mey
Mey
7 years ago

Everyone has a right to an opinion that’s why I stated mine. However, I stick by mine, I don’t back down like you’re trying to do now! Own it, you said it and you meant what you said. You need to realize that celebs live their lives in front of the camera, and they share everything not just their natural hair journey. How can you have a desire that everyone embrace their natural hair but yet condone the way people are showing, they are proud of their hair. These celebs can reach a audience that you and I aren’t able… Read more »

Christina Patrice
7 years ago
Reply to  Mey

Honestly Mey, I don’t understand why you’re so upset. I have an opinion, you have one too. The difference is, I choose to respect yours and not attempt to diminish you as a person in the process. Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

Mey
Mey
7 years ago

Please, I’m not upset, I’m just matter of fact. You should be happy people are responding, but no you gotta make a issue of that to! I’m stressing a point when I use exclamation points! Im not diminishing your thoughts just because I have my own, no one has to agree with you. Some do, be happy about that!

Kan
Kan
7 years ago

Mey — you can express your opinion without name calling and telling people where to go. It really diminishes any value to your argument. Would you like it if someone called you a name for writing something that was on YOUR heart? You can’t cry “freedom of expression” without giving someone the right to do so and not bashing them in the process. I have seen several on here disagree with Christina, but do so in a respectful way. THAT’S how you communicate. Awesome article by the way, Christina. Very interesting perspective and definitely echoes the sentiments of many other… Read more »

Iva
Iva
7 years ago

She also called you a totally made up word for a slang term derived from the word prostitute.

She’s a classy one that Mey.

camesia
camesia
7 years ago

Instead of being snobbish and condemning them for “hopping on the bandwagon” why not be proud of the fact that there is such a bandwagon to hop on to.This whole attitude of “you can’t sit with us” is ridiculous. Being natural is not about one thing or the other. i have been natural for two years not because i saw someone else do it or because i didn’t love myself while i was relaxed but because it was a necessity in my life and i will never go back. But before that i was quite happy to be relaxed not… Read more »

CC
CC
7 years ago

I think we all can assume accurately that most of these celebs doing the “BWNHV selfies” as you call it would most likely NEVER rock their natural hair majority of the time. I feel in a way that a lot black women that aren’t natural, at the very least, want the courage (or want to appear to have the courage) to rock it with true confidence. That, to me is the underlying reason a lot of them post these 5 minute natural hair do pics. I feel that being natural is important as a black woman because it’s a way of… Read more »

Moi
Moi
7 years ago

I began my natural journey in 1993. I wore an all over “boy” cut, that was simply sexy & amazing. During this time, many women exclaimed how brave I was to do this, yet too, how beautiful it was. This was a choice I made. Not influenced by ANYONE. However, after wearing it for Almist 3years, I converted back to a perm… But, that didn’t lady long!!

From there, I transitioned to l

Sabrina Antoinnette
7 years ago

Well I have mixed feelings, honestly. If they were really aiming to support our cause they would drop the weave and sport their hair for bit.…

Sandra
7 years ago

I’ve been natural for almost 2 years now (see my natural hair journey here http://swajero.wordpress.com/hair/my-hair-journey/) and, honestly, I understand “BWNHV selfies”. It does take time, knowledge and confidence to wear your natural hair on a day to day basis… I think we should be more understanding of this.…

AriannaFan
AriannaFan
7 years ago

I didn’t know being natural meant I was part of a specific group. I am not natural because I’m embracing a darn thing. I’m natural because I like my hair that way and the different styling options. And that has even garnered me some disrespectful comments because “I’m not black enough” or “I don’t understand the meaning for natural hair.” I’ve done many things to my hair over the years because I like it and I want to. Not because I want to be a part of something. I’m not a fan of any celebrity doing something for ratings. But,… Read more »

giovanna
giovanna
7 years ago

Whoever said celebs were trying to get attention…? You came to that conclusion and now you feel some type of way. I’m natural and have been for three years, I.wear my fro in all kinds of styles and I.Also wear braids and weaves and I look good regardless. I mean some of you natural hair girls take things to far frfr chill out and worry about yourself. I’m sure you wear makeup, so that automatically doesn’t make you full natural.

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  giovanna

so true… people should worry about themselves

kelly
kelly
7 years ago

Pfffft i think you need to calm down. It s not that serious, come on…

kelly
kelly
7 years ago

There are natural women/men who are looking and searching for attention too.’
thank you.

Jesse
Jesse
7 years ago

I’m not offended by celebrities and their selfies. In the end, all it means is that natural hair is winning. Reclaiming our natural black features was started by regular people like us and strengthened by sites like fotki, youtube, and BGLH. If those celebrities want to stand with us, fine. But I never pay too much attention to celebrities. I don’t look to them for guidance or inspiration. So I’m neither impressed nor angered by their actions.

coffeeandfingernails
7 years ago

Think there’s an awful lot of mind-reading going on here–we don’t know what the motivation is behind these selfies any more than we know the motivation behind anything celebs do (beyond general self promotion). It’s become common for celebs (and the rest of us) to post all kinds of random “look what I’m doing right now” shots on social media. The growth of the natural hair movement may have made intra-weave/wig selfies less taboo, because there’s no longer that Oh God no one can ever see me like this attitude, but I don’t think those shots are necessarily more or… Read more »

Candice
Candice
7 years ago

Interesting POV… I hadn’t thought about it or perceived it in that way. I think for many of us wearing our natural hair has been a tough journey. Getting passed all the crap we were/are fed about the standards of beauty and alllllll the stuff that goes along with being natural. From being natural at work and what is acceptable, to what friends and family will say because so many still see it as not being attractive or not“good hair”. Maybe we actually gave them (celeberties)life.Just maybe seeing us regular everyday fabulous women rocking our natural and loving every minute… Read more »

Tia
Tia
7 years ago
Reply to  Candice

Really love how you see this and how you presented your point of view. I agree! I know even for me, I love my natural hair but it’s not easy for everyone else to love. I work in the fashion industry and while others profess to love my hair, they don’t hire me but I get way more ooo’s and ahhh’s when I wear a weave or long wig. That doesn’t make me appreciate and love my hair less and I can understand a celebrities apprehension with showing their natural hair all the time. We don’t walk in their shoes,… Read more »

Drea
Drea
7 years ago

I find it condescending that some natural hair wearers think or feel they are better than others because they have been doing it longer or first or wear their hair “out” everyday and then post blogs like this. One of the best things about being a woman and being of color is our versatility. Celebrities posting their natural hair is a great thing and since they do have influence over many it can only help some who may be on the fence about whether or not to leave the relaxer alone. Let’s stop judging and start empowering. #DropsTheMic

Marcy
Marcy
7 years ago
Reply to  Drea

Amen!! Plus it’s not that serious. Wearing your hair natural is not like belonging to an exclusive club!

Ny Ny
7 years ago

I totally agree! If you can’t embrace it at a award show or in a music video then I don’t want to see your natural hair and your heat damaged leave out.

Rae M.
Rae M.
7 years ago
Reply to  Ny Ny

LOL at “and your heat damaged leave out”!!! I am crying over here. Way too funny, but really great article and post. Shows that there is a diversity of opinions within the natural hair community. All black women with natural hair dont ascribe to the same values nor do we have the same reasons for being natural and for that I think Christina Patrice did a great job with the article.

tracy
tracy
7 years ago
Reply to  Ny Ny

The “heat damaged leave out” slayed me because it’s true. They’ve all got that and it looks silly to me.

Sage
Sage
7 years ago

Celebrity shade. If an average woman you’d known to be weaved up forever decided to go natural and was excited about her natural hair, most of you would be supportive and helpful. Since this is a celeb though, they must have an ulterior motive other than just being excited about their natural hair like most of us! *eyeroll*.

Brizzle
Brizzle
7 years ago
Reply to  Sage

well put.

Shawneen
Shawneen
7 years ago

I totally agree. Not impressed.

Sash
Sash
7 years ago

Natural hair is beautiful! I agree with this article because we, as a people, have been taken advantage of in every industry, the hair industry in particular.When I was younger I never saw black women with afros, healthy flat-ironed hair, etc. Now I see Natural women everywhere! Imagine the impact it will have on the younger generations. With that being stated, we SHOULD be a little on the defensive when brands that don’t care about our hair jump on the bandwagon or Celebrities,who have had long natural hair for years, just now decide to let the world know.Do they really… Read more »

gapch
gapch
7 years ago

this post is as ignorant and hateful as they come… smh… why cant everyone just be happy for themselves without worrying about what others are doing???

gapch
gapch
7 years ago

this post is as ignorant and hateful as they come… smh… why cant everyone just be happy for themselves without worrying about what others are doing???

Christina Patrice
7 years ago
Reply to  gapch

Hi gapch, I’m not quite sure how you can come to the conclusion that this post is ignorant and hateful, but I respect your right to your opinion 🙂

gapch
gapch
7 years ago

ignorant as in mean spirited… not ignorant as in unknowing… i’ve read many of your articles and most are helpful and some are insightful but i find the tone on this one to be hateful and mean spirited…

its not saying that you are a bad person but the direction of the article including its tone and content is mean spirited.… take some time and reflect on it and let me know if you still disagree in a few days.…

Kim
Kim
7 years ago
Reply to  gapch

Wow, I guess people read things differently. I didn’t find Sash’s post mean-spirited, hateful or ignorant at all and I am willing to bet money that she wasn’t trying to be that way either. What was so mean about it?? Seriously curious to know…because I am having an extremely difficult time trying to find ANYTHING rude about this…??
@Sash — I agree with your post 100% and feel the same way.

Kim
Kim
7 years ago
Reply to  Kim

Ahhh, I guess I wasn’t following the thread correctly…I think you were referring to the overall article is my guess and not Sash’s post? I got it 🙂

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  Kim

kim, the comment was in regards to the article not to @sash comment.…

Sash
Sash
7 years ago
Reply to  Kim

🙂 Thanks for agreeing Kim!

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?
7 years ago
Reply to  gapch

RME you think anyone with a differing opinion is a “hater” of hateful or OMG the dreaded “j” word, judging.

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  ?

incorrect.… i was speaking on this particular case.… i respectfully disagree with other viewers on threads at times and don’t consider them haters or hateful… but this article had a mean spirited hateful tone.…

t
t
7 years ago

She has a main point and I agree with her theory.

Courtney
Courtney
7 years ago

Am I missing something here? First you all hate when celebrities wear weaves, wigs, and lace fronts, and how their brainwash from the “white man”. Then when celebrities wear their natural hair, they’re jumping on the bandwagon????? I thought this natural hair movement was suppose to be positive. Well I guess not **shrugs**

tracy
tracy
7 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

But they’re not wearing their natural hair. They never wear their natural hair. They wear a ton of weave or lace front wigs, continuing to push that white lady hair ideal down the throats of black women and girl. And that on the red carpet and in the candid shots from their everyday life. So no, I’m not at all impressed when they take these instagram pics at the hair salon for the two seconds that their natural hair is exposed to fresh air for the first time in six months.

Courtney
Courtney
7 years ago
Reply to  tracy

natural hair…relaxed hair.… the hair that grows from their scalp… who cares???? It’s hair! Celebrities are not the only ones who wears weave. I bet half of everybody who comments on this blog had worn a weave and a wig and probably wearing one right now. I’m not understanding what the problem is. It’s a woman’s choice on however she wants her hair to look like. Oh my God. Why does it matter? I didn’t know having natural hair was for someone to have approval to be natural. I can’t judge on how a woman wears her hair that is… Read more »

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  tracy

why not focus on the positive… just as many if not more people are following these celebs on the social media outlets as are seeing them on the red carpet… dont ignore the impact of social media.… so if your concerned about the “impact” of them showing its just as impactful through social media… what gets me is the assumption that everyone thinks that celebs only have their hair out once in a while… how do you know that they dont just wear weaves or wigs once in a while… we dont see any of these people on the daily plus… Read more »

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?
7 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

I don’t see what’s causing you such mass confusion. See, natural haired women are NOT a monolith so you can scratch that “you all” nonsense. The author shared HER veiwpoint which does not represent “US ALL”, get it? It’s really not that complicated, dear.

Courtney
Courtney
7 years ago
Reply to  ?

Okay well she does have a RIGHT to say what she wants. Guess what? I also have the RIGHT to say what I want to say too, DEAR. I’m not confused here. What I’m saying here is that why is it everytime a celebrity shows out their hair it becomes a problem to SOME naturals. It’s always someone screaming it’s a “wig” or a “weave” or it’s not “natural”. Why does it matter? It’s HAIR. This whole “natural hair movement” suppose to be positive, and you’re suppose to follow your own journey not someone else, not someone on Youtube, and… Read more »

Elle
Elle
7 years ago
Reply to  Courtney

BTW, “you all” is a generalization and obviously can’t be applied to a very diverse natural community or the diversity of opinions on this article. So, you probably are missing something.

SkyLyne
SkyLyne
7 years ago

This new thing of naturals deciding that they are going to pass judgement on everyone else that they feel does not fit into their criteria of what qualifies one as natural is absurd. So much judgement and segregation/separation all over one’s choice on how they choose to wear their hair. This to me is as bad as “light skin is better or more beautiful than darker skin”. I am appalled by the statements and judgements made by some naturals incl. this article. When will women stop drawing unnecessary lines of separation between us and start supporting each other. Whatever your hair… Read more »

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7 years ago
Reply to  SkyLyne

I think some of these naturals are just mad because now they are not the only naturals around. More black women are accepting their natural textures, so you got some of these naturals not feeling special anymore. Oh boo hoo I was natural before you were.….people won’t think I’m unique anymore.
If it was really about discovering and accepting oneself they would be happy about all these natural selfies popping up. Instead they are treating it like a fad. You can’t be natural unless you do.….
Natural hair community ran by dictators.

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7 years ago

It is mind boggling to me why you care so much what these celebrities do. If it bothers you so much then why not avoid these “celebrity selfies”. Apparently as unimpressed as you are with the “celebrity selfies”, you keep clicking the articles to see them. Celebrities are not special the only reason people look up to them is because they have millions of dollars. So who cares what they do. Let them do them, and you do you. Its crazy how women are the most critical and judgemental of each other. We seek out other women to dog just to make… Read more »

Mama Sunshine
Mama Sunshine
7 years ago
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This is what I was thinking the whole time I was reading this write-up. “Why look at their tweets or instagrams if you aren’t interested in their hair”. Come on ladies, let’s use our energy on something else.

Victoria
Victoria
7 years ago

I totally agree with this. We have been put down, made fun of, bullied. and then when little girls wear it at school they get bullied and made fun of. I got made fun of by my dad and my mother when I went natural. When people post pictures of them having natural hair and having it hidden under a weave, ESPECIALLY if they are in the public eye it makes the rest of the unnatural black community say, “wow she has alot of natural hair, she must be too ashamed to wear it with all that weave on her… Read more »

deb
deb
7 years ago

As long as they don’t publicly bad mouth natural hair ala Wendell Williams and Sheryl Underwood, I couldn’t care less. The “trendy” aspect of natural hair will fade away eventually but it will still be a real option for black women like it always should have been. All this wealth of info we have amassed, the wonderful natural hair companies (that genuinely support natural hair) and hopefully the general matural hair community support are here to stay when the dust settles. That’s all that maters to me. I just want/hope the next generation has access to and are taught to love… Read more »

naturalgirl
naturalgirl
7 years ago

Honestly who cares. No need to be so sensitive; you’re just over thinking the whole thing.

Marguerite
Marguerite
7 years ago

Ok here is my issue. .. There is nothing new under the sun. Im natural, so what I also wear wigs and weaves. .. so what … Go back to the 80s and watch “school daze” and see how much hatred we display to one another. The NATURAL MOVEMENT isnt new and it doesnt bring anyone closer to anything . We need to be WOMEN OF WISDOM and look at history and show ourselves love no matter what we look like . Now this is one woman’s opinion. Those of you getting upset about it may have more issues than you’d care to admit. No one… Read more »

TMarie
TMarie
7 years ago
Reply to  Marguerite

I agree. The natural hair movement isn’t new. In 95′ I moved to Brooklyn to attend LIU, and a large portion of the girls who attended had natural hair. My hair was even natural before I got there. I wonder, what did women do b4 relaxers?.….. Women have been wearing natural hair since the beginning of time.

And the celeb issue doesn’t bother me. The only time I see their hair is on this sight, I don’t follow any celebrities.

Michaela
Michaela
7 years ago

I don’t get it. What makes your validation so important? I feel that by making this post you saying “Look at me for not caring for a celebrities pic” if you do not care then let it go.

Christina Patrice
7 years ago
Reply to  Michaela

Michaela, I think the piece some folks are missing is the fact that this is completely and totally my unadulterated opinion. I wrote it on my personal blog a few weeks ago, where I possess the complete agency to express exactly what I feel without regard for anyone else’s approval. It just so happens that the post was used by BGLH to spark a lively discussion, which it has 🙂

tracy
tracy
7 years ago

I agree 1000 percent!! They never wear their natural hair, so what is the point of these instagram pics they love to post? I don’t care if you’ve got natural hair if you’re so ashamed of it, that you’re on the beach and in the pool with your wig on. GTFOOH!

Michaela
Michaela
7 years ago

I think the one’s who are upset are the real bandwagoner’s here. Why do you feel that you need to approve a person’s natural?

D.K.
7 years ago

Yeah, they might seem to be saying “look at me” but maybe they’re discovering themselves at the same speed as us. Why fault them for that? And if they can make other girls bolder and braver to be themselves by posting selfies online, then they’re doing their job of being a good example. They don’t speak for the stupid relaxer companies when they’re not hash tagging said company’s new “natural” line, so give the girls some support. Being under those hot lights and in hair and makeup every day would wear their hair out the same as ours. Of course… Read more »

Brizzle
Brizzle
7 years ago

what a pretentious post. you ever think that maybe they’re going through a similar crisis with accepting and embracing their hair? maybe instead of seeing these selfies and thinking “what a fraud” you encourage them to take the plunge and embrace their hair. you sound like a hater.

Ana
Ana
7 years ago

Woooo, I thought it was just me! Everyone I see I’m like “and?” It only makes sense that it isn’t relaxed since it’s never out, duh. Yes, being sustahs means we can be versitile BUT they ain’t versitile, they always the same with the weave and we get a glimpse only between Virgin brazillian installs. Some say it’s judging, but it ain’t judging it’s just stating that you don’t care and are hip to the “include me” foolishness. Ain’t nobody fooled by that peek-a-boo selfie when they make sure the “mainstream” never seems them nappy.

nIx
nIx
7 years ago

I just love it when they say they are “protecting” their hair. How can you be ‘protecting’ something you have no intensions of ever showing? Unless they’re protecting it for umpteen years in the furture..? Uggghhhhhh. Oh well.

Yvonne
Yvonne
7 years ago

This article just seems so judgmental. Did you ever stop to think that for women in their profession the best thing for their hair is protective styles? Hence the weaves? Like another commenter said above, they could also be struggling with self acceptance. As a natural, that is something you should understand and support. Not throw shade about not feeling their “selfies.” Honestly who cares about those? To each her own.

si
si
7 years ago

i think it’s just like the “no makeup ” selfless, and at times can be annoying. But think about it, a few years ago we would never see black celebrities real hair ever. So idk it might be a good thing

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  si

there have always been some black celebrities who showed their real hair.…

Shatimae
Shatimae
7 years ago

This is why I can’t rock with Solange Knowles. It’s like the girl gets more press for her natural hair than her music and I personally think her hair is alright. Nothing majorly dope just alright. People act like she’s the poster girl for fros and natural hair when It seems (IMO) she only went natural to separate herself from her older sister.

Lana
Lana
7 years ago
Reply to  Shatimae

I see what you are saying but I think Solange went natural for herself. That’s why mama took a step back when there was all this focus and criticism on her hair. On a site like this, she is definitely going to get press for her hair cause that’s what we want to know about. At least she’s rocking it in the spotlight to show anyone who will look that our hair is not silky smooth and straight.

lablooplah
lablooplah
7 years ago
Reply to  Lana

say what you will but I personally think that solange’s hair is killa.

Precious
Precious
7 years ago

I totally get what she is saying here. She is not hating, be judgmental or complaining. She is just saying that she is not impressed with celebrities and their natural hair being out for a 30 sec Instagram photo opt. And I agree. I would, however, be impressed if more women wore their hair out on a red carpet like Viola Davis, Jill Scott, Chrisette Michele, etc. at least SOME times. If your going to wear weave that’s your choice and I have no problem with it. I wear it sometimes too. But don’t claim “but I’m natural!” when your… Read more »

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Precious

Exactly. You got the gist of the article. The young woman wasn’t putting anyone down. Gosh black people. Come On!!

JENNID
JENNID
7 years ago

Good topic! I find hound women posting selfies strange PERIOD. why on earth are people taking so many dang pictures of themeseleves so often and posting for opinions? Any who I agree that we don’t know the motivation behind these selfies so it isn’t right to speculate too much but everyone has aright to an opinion. My opinion is that you will probably never see most of these celebs with their own texture because I’m sure someone on their team is feeding them the message that in order to get jobs you have to have a “look”.like it or not… Read more »

tristan
tristan
7 years ago

Thank you! You hit the nail on the head with both the celebs and the hair care lines, I was looking at one the other day and thought they had some nerve when all they’ve been pushing for decades is chemicals that harm our hair now that natural hair is in the forefront they’re scared of losing money.

Jordan
Jordan
7 years ago

How do you know that these celebs wouldn’t be wearing their natural hair if it wasn’t for work. I don’t remember any of them posting selfies with captions about including them on natural hair sites. I think celebs showing their hair is 1. their personal business & 2. good for black women in general. The more the world sees diversity in black women’s appearances the less stereotypes you’ll see (black women with blonde/ multicolored weaves). Just because we’re natural doesn’t mean we’re on some imaginary pedestal, we have to stop looking down on our sisters with different hairstyles and creating… Read more »

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

well said

Kelcie
Kelcie
7 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

Thank you Jordan. I’ve been mentioning that so much, I stopped visiting this website (and others) based on that, but out of curiosity today, decided to see what’s been happening. Seems like I haven’t missed anything. Naturals look down so hard and place judgment on everyone else to the point I’ve grown sick of the “natural hair community”. Don’t get me wrong, I love my natural hair, but it’s not all about natural hair. It’s all about what works best for a person individually. I’m so done!!!

Princess
Princess
7 years ago

@Shatimae I couldn’t agree more, I get tired of seeing hearing about Solange and her hair, so does she.

Candice
Candice
7 years ago

Recently there was an article posted here about an actress who has natural hair. She mentioned the lengths she has to go to for the continuity of a shot to keep her hair looking the same despite sweating under hot lights. Lord knows, I can’t keep my hair looking the same from the bathroom to the car. It was also something that I noticed this last season on True Blood. There was one actress with natural hair and you could actually tell when scenes were shot out of order because her curls would be looking fresh and defined and then… Read more »

Tia
Tia
7 years ago
Reply to  Candice

Yea, I don’t think people understand the entertainment/acting process at all. Imagine the damage that we’ve all done to our hair-heat, color, etc.; now imagine someone doing that to your hair everyday, sometimes several times a day with touch ups and that could be for months at a time until your next role/job then you get to have it done all over, that’s if you have any hair left.

Caresscurls
Caresscurls
7 years ago

So the celebrity real hair selfies are either a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand they are showing there real hair no wigs or weave. They are showing fans they are down to earth which is a good thing for black women. On the other hand it seems that because they are showing their hair now doing the natural hair movement that they are only doing it got the social media likes. They would never leave the house with naked hair or go on the red carpet so why post up on Instagram? Most of the real… Read more »

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago

I agree with this article. I also don’t think she-the writer-is passing a judgment on anyone. That word tends to be overused sometimes. She’s reflecting on something that is quite obvious. Why do these celebrities feel the need to post selfies of themselves with natural hair with captions like “See, look, I have all this natural long hair underneath all this weave.” Hashtag “been natural all my life” Come on. Girls going natural is not a game to see who has been natural the longest-at least none that I know. Cause I know them. Everyone that I know that decides to… Read more »

Shay
Shay
7 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

I don’t know if you’re wrong because that’s the only part I read,lol. I was just scrolling down and your post looked like it would never end. lol

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Shay

LOL! I was ranting.

Pat
Pat
7 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

Not all black women want long natural hair, there are some who love their short natural hair and actually trim/cut it to keep it that way. It’s about loving your God given hair no matter the length.

cacey
cacey
7 years ago
Reply to  Pat

true but i think it’s safe to say most black women either currently want long hair or had wanted it for a long time. if long dramatic weaves are any indication, i’d say it’s favored by most.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  cacey

Thank you. Although I was speaking in general terms, clearly one knows that not all women want long hair. Again thank you, because it seems like some people cannot read an article or a reply to an article, without assuming that, that said article is not pointing a finger at them them them.

AGrlCanMAC
7 years ago

I don’t care either way, honestly. It’s great that black women have more pride in showing and wearing our hair the way it naturally is but my feelings don’t get caught up in it one way or the other. I went natural for me, not for acceptance or because it’s “popular” now. Whatever black female celebrities’ intentions are is none of my business. They nor anyone else represents me and and what I stand for, only I can do that. So let the selfies burn on. They don’t pay my bills or fix my problems, only I can do that I… Read more »

Amma Mama
7 years ago

Even though a lot of celebrities do not wear their natural hair out, I still appreciate them showing a peak via Instagram. I feel that one day those lovely ladies will feel comfortable rocking their natural hair on the red carpet. It takes time, Viola Davis is a great example of that! It took me a while to be comfortable wearing my natural hair out. They will eventually come around and if they don’t atleast their natural underneath 🙂
RANDOM But HOW CUTE is Teyonah Parris!??? Yess

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KP
KP
7 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

I’m just in love with that dress! It’s great!

Amma Mama
7 years ago
Reply to  KP

It’s Herve Ledger <3

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

Correction on the spelling of the last name: Leger. NOHATE.

Iva
Iva
7 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

I think Teyonnah and Viola throw all the “I’m protecting my hair” arguments out the window. They both wear wigs and weaves for work but when they are being themselves, out in the world, they wear their hair.

colalover
colalover
7 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

You’re so pretty!

Jae
Jae
7 years ago

Usually I’m mum but this is getting mean girls mean naturals. Why do we continue to put others down to make ourselves feel important? The issue may stem from celebrities… they have to keep up with the times to keep their status…but how do you think everyday ladies feel who actually wear wigs and weaves as a protective style? Are they less natural? What if it’s a curly koily kinky texture? As a whole we cannot forget that something had to happen to us to get to this vicissitude in our life. Encourage others to get to theirs because if… Read more »

Linda
Linda
7 years ago

Well although I agree witg this post I understand how these celebrities feel. Let’s not forget that they are just humans like us and that the same feelings we went through when we went natural are the same added to the fact that they work in an industry where the norms are straight hair or else you are not getting the job. To rock fierce natural hairstyles as a celebrity you got to be bold, confident, mature with a lot of self-esteem and ready to face any consequences that might follow that choice. Yes we wish they were strong enough… Read more »

Serenity
Serenity
7 years ago

I don’t exactly feel this is a fair article… That’s like one of us putting up a picture of our hair straightened, and the white community or celebrities who don’t show their natural hair write an article claiming we’re doing it for attention. Honestly, those pictures don’t excite me either. I would probably be much more impressed if they wore their hair natural on the red carpet instead of the half blow-dried/I‑just-took-out-my-sew-in “fros” on Instagram and Twitter; however I wouldn’t jump to conclusions about their desire to be accepted. Even if that is the case, we have all struggled with… Read more »

Sunshine Abuwi
7 years ago

Hey!!

I don’t usually keep up with celebrities…so this post was enlightening to me in many ways.

Based on your assessment of the situation, I am inclined to believe these BWNHV selfies are just background noise to the movement.

Nothing more.

Thanks for writing and sharing this!
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Vonnie
Vonnie
7 years ago
Reply to  Sunshine Abuwi

Love you and your YT videos! So positive!

TussahSilk
TussahSilk
7 years ago

Well said! For a long time, I’ve been “is it only me that’s fed up with the celebrity ‘me-too’ pictures?”. I so don’t care what’s under the wig/weave. If you’re claiming to be natural, be loud & proud!

Tracy Jones
Tracy Jones
7 years ago

Part of me can understand where this article comes from but, then I think who the hell am I to judge someone else’s head and what they deem themselves to be? As far this whole natural hair elitist attitude we are building we need to cut it out! Reminds me of crabs in a barrel. On my last note I can remember BC’ing with less than a inch of hair to show, how terrified I was to show my hair to my neighbors and coworkers… I can only imagine how terrifying it could be having tens of thousands of people potentially… Read more »

Kay
Kay
7 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Jones

Exactly. When people (especially naturals) are the source of someone else’s judgment, they speak up against how unfair it is to be judged. This article is setting us back. Plus, it’s not that serious!

Ray
Ray
7 years ago

I agree 100%. The “Protecting your hair” thing, and we’ve never seen your hair before and you’ve been “Protecting” your hair for 20+ years…Please. Regardless I don’t look for or to celebs (fake in public people) for validation or to help me feel better in my skin. In all honesty I hold myself to higher standards than that, and when I at least come close to those standards I don’t feel the need to advertise. I’m not a celeb and I still don’t feel the need to take selfies of myself. I fight the natural urge to be vain and… Read more »

Jumoké
Jumoké
7 years ago

I agree with this article and totally understand the author’s frustrations (or lack of). My ex hairdresser is the same way and get a little annoyed because she wears weave around the clock but then last week she posted a pic of her natural hair and it was stunning! The thing that got me was the fact that she goes on about bragging how she has “good hair” and is “#TeamNatural” but when I complimented her and asked why she doesn’t wear it out, her response was “NAAA… #HAIRWEAVEKILLA ALL DAY!!” ‑______- I really didn’t know how to respond to… Read more »

Courtney
7 years ago

I agree with the article 100%.

Desiree
Desiree
7 years ago

I don’t agree with this at all. At the end of the day they are women…black women at that. They have the same hang ups as the rest of us when they go home and take off the makeup and hang up their bras. I don’t think it’s thirst I think it’s women with insecurities who want to desperately hear someone say your hair is beautiful because odds are they are not getting that from their non black costars. A good chunk of us were afraid to display are kinks and curls at one point or another in this journey.… Read more »

rEVOLutionary
rEVOLutionary
7 years ago

Divisive. This article is divisive point blank. I’m 23 years old, never had a perm, had 8 presses in my entire life, and I used to beg my mother for a perm back in the day. I was the one who got made fun of for having natural hair ALL THE TIME, and I desperately wanted to be included in THAT group. And today, it’s the opposite; women of color wanting to share what they have to others but there’s a “club” admission that they need to pay to get in to this “Natural Hair” club. Nope, not buying it.… Read more »

Iva
Iva
7 years ago
Reply to  rEVOLutionary

Okay, I personally have to get out of the “people who use the word nazi in relation to hair are idiots” frame of mind and ask, how is having a difference of opinion divisive? We are all entitled to agree/disagree/have our own opinions without worrying about it diving the mythical monolithic black community.

Derilia
Derilia
7 years ago

I complete agree with article. Actually I had the same thought. People like Angela Simmons who I believed this site comment on how she is natural but she stated she will never wear her real hair out. It’s like really? I understand celebrities are busy and to protect their real hair they wear weaves but think about celebrities whose real hair we never see but they team natural. Natural means natural . Walking around with 15 pounds of Indian remi 24 7 all year isn’t impressive to me. But it’s just my “natural” opinion.

Cherie
Cherie
7 years ago

I question why the author is even bothered or concerned with celebrities posting “selfies” of their natural hair. Hence, it’s THEIR hair. Just because we have returned to our natural hair that doesn’t mean every other black woman will follow suit. Hair is personal. We should respect everyone’s choice.

shayj1127
7 years ago

I definitely agree that it seems to be for attention and leaves you saying, so what? But then again, their lives are different from ours and they are constantly changing looks for the sake of their art. It’s kind of sad in a way that they may not be able to express themselves or overcome the negative views of natural hair in the industry. We just have to take what we see and just keep moving forward in our individual natural journeys.

SantanaNyla
7 years ago

Here’s the thing-celebs have an image to promote and that image involves the European ideal of what beauty is suppose to be-all others should ‘strive’ to achieve that ideal. If ever the definition of beauty should change-then celebs would get paid to promote that look.

ChanChan
ChanChan
7 years ago

I completely understand because it gives off this idea that the celebrities are down with “the people” on Instagram, but they’re someone else they’ve created when they’re out in public. I do think they’re on somewhat of a different scale though. Your natural hair can get damaged if too many people who don’t know how to deal with it are styling it. Not every celebrity has a personal stylist they tote around with them. Also, natural hair can be quite sensitive to weather and other factors, which means you would need to keep touching it up if you have it… Read more »

TINA SMITH
TINA SMITH
7 years ago

THANK YOU FOR THIS FEATURE. I READ THIS ON YOUR BLOG A FEW WEEKS AGO AND KNEW I WOULD SEE IT HERE. I MUST SAY IT IS TIRED, I MEAN TIRED TO SEE THESE CELEBS WITH THEIR ONE PIC OF “NATURAL HAIR” EVERY ONCE IN A BLUE MOON. MOST OF THE TIME THEY ARE CONCEALING THEIR FACE OR CLAIMING LONG HAIR THAT WE’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THESE CELEBS WEREN’T DOING THIS TILL THE MOVEMENT GOT BOOMING RIGHT?? I DON’T THINK IT’S FAIR TO US THAT EMBRACE OUR HAIR ALL THE TIME. WHY SHOULD I BE IMPRESSED BY THE HAIR YOU… Read more »

Tami
Tami
7 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

Lol i meant to do a like i totally agreee with u all the way 😉

LuvChicago
LuvChicago
7 years ago

#Preach

Beautyismiree
Beautyismiree
7 years ago

But if they don’t show you their natural, girls see them as having self hate. Celebrities can’t win. I see them as motivating other girls ‚regardless if they cover their hair with weave. At the end of the day they don’t have a relaxer in their hair and are showing you it’s okay to have natural hair. I don’t get the whole ’embrace what god gave you’ because hair is just hair. Wether you embrace it or not your hair should be healthy. Nobody should be judge because they wear weave 24/7 because that’s what I did as my protective styling… Read more »

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  Beautyismiree

so true

Tami
Tami
7 years ago

I totally agree with this article all the way!!! I feel we as women should embrace what God has blessed us with. I dont want my future daughter or son to grow up and be ashamed to wear their hair the way it grows out of their head. I should not have to change myself to fit in with the crowd or another culture to be accepted.

Kmichelle85
Kmichelle85
7 years ago

I totally agree 100% with what she is saying. Celebrity or not if you are wearing weaves and covering up your natural hair 95% of the time then you’re not Natural. Maybe I’m wrong but I thought being natural meant embracing and wearing what is growing out of your scalp. Nobody cares if they are wearing weave b/c they’ve been doing it since the beginning of time. People keep saying “Oh, well it’s empowering to see them for a milli second with their natural hair out.” No, what’s empowering would be if they dropped the weave and showed the world… Read more »

Chocolatecurls
Chocolatecurls
7 years ago

I totally agree! Celebs are only posting their natural hair because they want more shine than they already have. Maaannnn.…paaaaleeezzze!! Celebs need to sit down and shut the hell up! I’m not sold and I damn sure ain’t buying! Peace.

Anike
Anike
7 years ago

Why does anyone care, it’s their hair and their instagram. Some naturals have really gone too far with who’s a legit natural. Just like with most of us, it takes time to really appreciate and embrace your hair, don’t judge b.c somebody’s not about doing wash and goes and twisting/braiding their hair every night.

gapch
gapch
7 years ago
Reply to  Anike

so true

AC
AC
7 years ago

I agree 100% with the article, I know I know it’s sooo hard for them to wear their hair etc.. miss me with that argument. When is someone going to just take a leap of faith? That is why I love Solange .. she just does not care about all of that and she is proving that it CAN be done. I think a lot of us just need some serious therapy, all of this worrying about what others think all of the time cannot be conducive to our well being, isn’t it tiresome? I probably wouldn’t understand anyways, I… Read more »

Elle
Elle
7 years ago

I’m just tired of celebrity ‘selfies’ period!

Put the phone DOWN! I don’t want to see your effin breakfast McMuffin! WTF is up with that?! Or another BS pic of your terrier! Or you in bed ‘without makeup’ (yeah right)!

As for the ‘I’m not my weave’ selfie pic — NOOOOOOOOBODY cares to quench your twitter thirs! Promote a charity, get a degree, find an unmarried man — just stop with the frickin’ fake no-filter, desperate gasps for approval.

Caramel
Caramel
7 years ago

I have to agee 100% also because what is the point of showing your natural hair to us on the blog but not luxuriating in its beauty on the red carpet like Viola or showing up with it in all of its glory on a talk show?? To me that just shows me that you are not STRONG enough to work it!!!! You are still too ashamed of what god gave you to flaunt it like my girl Viola, who looked extremely stunning on the red carpet. Better that all the weaves I have seen in the past ten or… Read more »

SJ
SJ
7 years ago
Reply to  Caramel

Don’t forget Teyonah Parris and Janelle Monae! Teyonah never disappoints on the red carpet.…

stephanieb
stephanieb
7 years ago
Reply to  Caramel

Agree 1000% 🙂

Sondra
Sondra
7 years ago

Well said!!!! I couldn’t have said it better my self, succinct and to the point! No need to belabor the point, sistahs that are about this life (naturally beautiful all the time) don’t need to make a statement, and certainly don’t need to be superficial validation. Thanks for voicing it!

Nubiahbella
Nubiahbella
7 years ago

Personally a wig or weave is not the issue or even being natural, I just find funny when celibrities decide to use them , they ALWAYS go for straight and long hair, if that is not a certain idea of beauty promoted, I don’t know what it is!? This is why I like celebs like Rihanna, Solange, Viola, Teyonna etc.… Because they show black hair can be very versatile regardless they are natural or not, have real hair or not.

TB
TB
7 years ago

I don’t really think it is that big of an issue. I don’t pay attention to it. Lots of sisters are embracing their natural hair, why can’t they? We non-celebs have blogs and webpages and facebook groups devoted to it. So why can’t they? I’ve noticed whenever a celebrity joins in on something (whether politics, a cause or whatever) people get all in a snit. Get over it.

DaniGlamMonroe
DaniGlamMonroe
7 years ago

I agree 100%! I Just feel many celebs are trying to prove sonething. “Oh, I have hair under this wig too. IM not bald, LOOK!!!!” I myself will swich and wear wigs a few days and my natural hair out the next few days. Its one thing if you show people your hair and than wear wigs and weaves to try something different…and its anothef when you NEVER show your real hair and when all of a sudden someone says “I bet you she bald headed under that wig” the snach it off and say, ” who, me! NOT ME!!!… Read more »

TS
TS
7 years ago

Right, every time one pops up, i’m like…“oh, ok”

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

This post made me laugh. I’m not going to look down or knock celebrities who are natural. That is the machine that they are in. Most try to uphold a kind of european look to get roles, money, etc.

JustLeavingaComment
JustLeavingaComment
7 years ago
Reply to  Ashley

That’s called a sell-out.

Michelle
Michelle
7 years ago

It’s called working.

shelikes
shelikes
7 years ago

the model is gorgeous

DonDiva
DonDiva
7 years ago

I agree. the model is pretty.

Glors
7 years ago

Due to the fact we have been hiding and maniuplating our hair for so long… it just isn’t worth it spending the time thinking about their selfie activities.… What makes me laugh though is how one minute ladies on here are bigging up celebs for being natural… but you will see that these same singers/actresses who were appearing natural at first will resort to other styles — because they are bored, they need to rock a protective style or they need to look different for work to get the part/job etc… We’ve all done it… and not always with curly… Read more »

Tim
Tim
7 years ago

Wow…it’s a beautiful thing when somebody says allll the things you’ve been thinking… Those celeb natural selfies have been on my nerves but I could never articulate why and this is it

Ko Ko
Ko Ko
7 years ago

Why are you all tripping off of what someone else does with their hair and their life? WHO CARES?? Yes, I’m a naturalista, but I get so tired of all the self righteous hair Nazis who always have something to say about what another woman does to her hair. Sounds a little hypocritical to me…You preach about loving yourself and embracing who you are, yet you are over here worrying about what Toya and Taraji are showing off. I give them props. You have to realize its hard being a woman of color in Hollywood. It’s not always their choice… Read more »

AJW
AJW
7 years ago
Reply to  Ko Ko

Calling people Nazis is just as judgemental.

saltyfish
saltyfish
7 years ago
Reply to  Ko Ko

I have to agree with you.
There are certain problems that I have with celeb attitudes towards natural hair and the one described in this article isn’t one of them. If they want to go on a pee-ka-boo natural hair trend then let them. Baby steps. Maybe they are building up the confidence to go fully natural.

I think that rants like these portray the natural movement as a superiority cult and perturbs prospective naturals.

A.R.
A.R.
7 years ago
Reply to  Ko Ko

Lets stop using the term Natural Nazis and use the term Natural EXTREMISTS. You are misusing the term Nazi for the wrong subject. No one is threatening anyone’s life for being a non-natural, etc. Plus there is a difference between suggestions, ideas and then plain insult. If a natural haired woman is giving ideas and suggestions that does not make her(OR ANYONE) a Natural Extremist. Just clarifying, not arguing with you or anything..

cacey
cacey
7 years ago

agreed and well-articulated.

gumbohair.com
7 years ago

I totally agree…nice article!

CJ
CJ
7 years ago

You can’t talk about naturalistas on the red carpet without mentioning Solange. Solange has been the target of ridicule ever since she big chopped and the reason is because she never really “styles” her hair. She rocks it in it’s most state and people give her a hard time for it all the time. I have endured the exact same ridicule about my hair ever since I BC’d a year ago. It’s not easy but and I get tired of peoples opinions, but the love I have for my hair far outweighs the negativity of the haters. I have never… Read more »

datmixbritchick
datmixbritchick
7 years ago

We all know celebs aren’t really interested in natural anything, even if they are they can’t do it. It doesn’t matter what they like, and if we’re all honest, to be mainstream you need to look a certain way, and unfortunately that isn’t natural. Sad, but true. When they do have an afro or something, it’s still not for the reasons we do it. Look at all the celebs who just keep it real- none of them are as huge as the ladies who look more European. This isn’t bashing white people or anything (half white myself) but quite a few… Read more »

flygyrl72
flygyrl72
7 years ago

Well said Christina.

Amber
Amber
7 years ago

I 100% agree. It doesn’t add up. Celebrities have the rare opportunity to show America a different type of beauty. They need to wear it if they love it, and Stop playing peekaboo.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago

I understand the points in the article, but I think we should embrace them too if this is really a ‘community’…prob showing a pic of their natural hair is just the first step…women embracing their natural selves is going to take time. I know it took me time…we have come a far way, but we still have so far to go

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago

Articles like this is why we have such titles as “natural hair Nazis”. Celebs & regular folk alike wanna be proud of their natural hair. But things like this make that seem wrong. Smh

So far gone!
So far gone!
7 years ago

Pieces like this, written with such hatred, prejudice, discrimination, and jealousy, make me sick to my stomach. When I read the supportive comments with more of the same, it breaks my heart! It makes me wonder just how much of this comes from the hearts and mouths of God-fearing people. And to think, it’s all about hair. The devil must be so pleased. “Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Eph 4:29

Janae
Janae
7 years ago
Reply to  So far gone!

Perhaps we read two different posts..? O_o It’s absolutely not “all about hair”. In fact, it’s about self-acceptance and I am certain that God would want just that. After all, we were each handcrafted by the Master’s hands from the HAIR on our head to the soles of our feet. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully & wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13–14 Also, Christian to Christian..if you removed your nose from the air & “spoke” from a place… Read more »

So far gone!
So far gone!
7 years ago
Reply to  Janae

, no, we read the same post. I write that hatred, prejudice, discrimination and jealousy makes me sick, and that more of the same type of negative comments breaks my heart, and you say my nose is in the air??? I insulted no one. Can you really continue to support this negative energy… all in the name of Love .…and say it’s about self-acceptance?

Christina Patrice
7 years ago
Reply to  So far gone!

Hi So far gone!, If I didn’t have thicker skin, I would have believed that you were insulting me directly — by stating that the article was written with hatred, prejudice, discrimination, and jealousy. I embrace none of those attribues in this article, or in my daily life. This article is a personal observation and opinion at most, that just happened to be placed on this platform for discussion. Where you, and plenty of others find extreme disdain, “Natural Hair Nazi-ism/Policing”, and some sort of holier-than-thou complex radiating from my statements, I see a simple opinion/sentiment that can be agreed, or… Read more »

Janae
Janae
7 years ago
Reply to  So far gone!

I guess the problem here is that I did not feel any of the negative energy that you speak of. I honestly don’t think that was the author’s purpose in this article. Also, yes it is offensive to say that someone is spewing hatred, jealousy, discrimination & prejudice when they aren’t. Your comment just happened to be the first (and only) I read. I didn’t want to read anymore after that. Those are such strong words & to me, that is the negativity I saw.

dawn
dawn
7 years ago
Reply to  So far gone!

so then…so much for dissenting viewpoints in your world.

Mira
7 years ago

Hi ladies, I’m a newbie naturalist. I use to like coming on here and seeing“Black Women” encourage and uplift each other. Lately, for the last couple of months I have seen nothing but hatred, sisters being judgmental and putting other sisters down. I no longer read the comments anymore because it saddens me that “Black Women” can’t come together on anything positive. I think we should embrace each other for being different in hair and fashion. Everyone has their own sense of style. If someone wants to wear their hair in weaves for a long period of time, and then… Read more »

Thembi
Thembi
7 years ago
Reply to  Mira

Amen to that!..,

mrscharmain
mrscharmain
7 years ago
Reply to  Mira

i agree with you… this is just a hot mess! i may jut unsubcribe.

TWA4now
TWA4now
7 years ago

I am NOT a big fan of the instagram quickie celebs, if they want to make a real statement, do it on the red carpet and movie rolls and interviews–which some bravely have. I said this all before too. Some do it for the trend others for health and for naturalist reasons.

RockStardaeie
RockStardaeie
7 years ago

I am a life long natural with thick, curly, waist-length hair. I am not unique. Growing up there were plenty of little girls with long pony tails or long beaded-braided hair.I cannot for the life of me understand why someone would apply chemical straightener that dissolves hair onto their strands. Nor why they would wear synthetic hair or human hair harvested from others that have a European texture. Maybe its not for me to understand. I agree that its hair and sisters should allow it to be a point of contention or a cause of division between us. I imagine… Read more »

RockStardaeie
RockStardaeie
7 years ago
Reply to  RockStardaeie

* we should NOT allow it to be a point of contention or a cause of division between us.

PMS
PMS
7 years ago

I feel like the writer I could care less if you post a pic of your natural hair…do I project or a premier w your crown & glory then we can talk. If a person cannot recognize you without your weave/wig you need to work on that.

Devra
Devra
7 years ago

@so far gone, I honestly don’t believe the writer is throwing shade or being hateful. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and she shared hers. I completely agree. I’ve been natural for a good 12 years now and I couldn’t be more happy. I transitioned to natural because I just couldn’t stand the thought of relaxers anymore. They were forced on me when I was a child and once I realized the damage it caused, I made the decision to go back to my natural. I realize that as actresses, some parts call for different looks, but when ur not… Read more »

Sharon J.
Sharon J.
7 years ago

Who are these celebrities hurting by doing selfies of their natural hair: nobody. The author has appointed herself the chief of the hair police. I enjoy seeing how many African-American entertainers look without their weaves. For many of them its an act of courage to show their true selves. We should be encouraging to wear their natural hair more often and not criticizing them for just giving us a peek.

Naturalbeauty
Naturalbeauty
7 years ago
Reply to  Sharon J.

@sharonj , to answer your question, they are hurting little black girls who don’t have the long, flowing hair like on the shampoo commercials. By celebs hiding their real hair under weaves when they are on the red carpet dressed to the 9’s and on the big and small screen; and show sneak peeks of their natural hair while tucked away in a bathroom, it tells our little black girls that their natural hair is something not worthy of showcasing. It tells them that if you want to look pretty, you better cover up your nappy hair with this silky weave.

Sharon J
Sharon J
7 years ago
Reply to  Naturalbeauty

Good points. Thanks for the reply. I agree with you. Going natural is a process and doing these selfies is just a starting point for some. I rather they did the selfies than not.

Kai Glenn
Kai Glenn
7 years ago

Going natural and being natural have be around since god knows when. Can we all just get along?

Tasha
Tasha
7 years ago

Come on people, the natural hair community is not church. Just because we all have natural hair in common, doesn’t mean we have to hold hands and sing Kum ba yah…We are not all going to agree or like what the other has to say ALL THE TIME.…and guess what!??…it’s perfectly OK. Frankly, I could care less either way about celebrity selfies. But this is the author’s opinion. How SHE feels. That is all. She’s not Jim Jones leading the rest of the natural hair “community” to drink the purple stuff. Some of the comments here that are accusing the… Read more »

Naturalbeauty
Naturalbeauty
7 years ago
Reply to  Tasha

I second that!

Liz
Liz
7 years ago

Whether these celebs post pictures of their natural hair for likes or to offer their fans a glimpse of the real them, only they know. I could care less. Let one of them go to a major event/ red carpet and be filmed and photographed with their natural hair. That, to me, would be something to talk about.

Rosebug
Rosebug
7 years ago

Natural hair is definitely ‘in’ right now. so of coarse celebrities are gonna be down with whats popular. to each his own.

I'm Me
I'm Me
7 years ago

What difference does it make whether or not a celeb shows their natural only on social media or whatever? This is why I just need to stop hanging around some naturals. Their beautiful natural tresses may not be damaged, but their minds and mindsets are. I mean, did you climb into their brains and peep that that’s why they post natural pics? Or maybe you are their close confidants and they told you that’s why they do it, for the attention? Because im pretty certain that most people posting a picture on a social media outlets do so for the… Read more »

Naturalbeauty
Naturalbeauty
7 years ago
Reply to  I'm Me

Because a weave is NOT NATURAL or self-acceptance…ijs.

I'm Me
I'm Me
7 years ago
Reply to  Naturalbeauty

There was no claim that a weave is natural. You can accept yourself natural or in a weave. Ijs

arielifeoma
arielifeoma
7 years ago
Reply to  I'm Me

Thank you! That line about makeup was particularly on pointe. Maybe it’s because I’ve worn my hair in my natural texture for most of my life but I’m not terribly impressed or offended by ANYONE, to include celebrities, rocking their hair in whatever style they chose whether that feature their natural hair texture or not. Still, I know that I’m just about through with the natural hair police. MY hair is not YOUR statement. It’s just my hair.

DannyJ
DannyJ
7 years ago

I agree with our author. At the foundation of this natural v. Your choice discussion, it goes without saying that we all believe whatever the heck you wanna do with your hair is your business, period point blank. With that being said, wouldn’t it be nice to see more celeb women wearing their natural hair all the time instead of taking peek pics behind the “safety” of a bathroom door? How awesome would it be to see Gabby Union with a twist out or fro in a feature film and have it seen as normal? I believe the point of… Read more »

Naturalbeauty
Naturalbeauty
7 years ago
Reply to  DannyJ

Well said!

Nappychique
Nappychique
7 years ago

ho-hum…

Cami
Cami
7 years ago

I really don’t care. I’ve been rockin’ my kinks for so many years now, I just do me and keep it movin’.

Live and let live.

So far gone!
So far gone!
7 years ago

It’s just the writer’s opinion”…all of this negativity because natural entertainers are not doing exactly what is expected of them 24/7 by others who claim they are natural 24/7 (or are they?). Put the writer, and those chiming in with the judgemental comments on the same red carpet and I guarantee you there would be a riot. This negative energy about what others are doing or not doing with their hair is not right, not good, Why doesn’t the “I’m natural, this is self-acceptance” hair community include no makeup as a part of who they are?

Indigo
Indigo
7 years ago

This whole rant is absolutely ridiculous! Guess what? I’m not here for all the toxic hate. How do I unsubscribe? Deuces!

Katy kibbs
Katy kibbs
7 years ago

I get it no one likes being condescended to
Thats how I feel when I see some celebs on the band wagon as opposed to the out and proud teyonnas, solanges an monaes
You can’t fake the obvious pride these women have in themselves and their hair/heritage
That refusal to hide inspires love in others and I personally find it really insulting when some celebs think their fans and general public won’t know the difference
The article isn’t about hate. Its about not turning a difficult subject in to another cheap way to make a dollar.
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Stacey
Stacey
7 years ago

Just because you are natural does not mean you have self love and just because you have a relaxer does not mean you have self hate. Wow, another way to separate black women. Can we for once COME TOGETHER and find some serious causes to fight about. So sad!!!

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Stacey

Unfortunately our hair is a cause of “division” amongst us. This is similar to the division that we have with light skin and dark skin. We must talk about it. We must confront it; and social media sites like this one is allowing us to do so. If it wasn’t for natural hair sites I probably would have gone back to relaxing my hair. And I’m not saying that having relaxed hair is wrong. However, I do think that since the black race is the only race that has this unique hair texture that is shunned by everyone including ourselves, and… Read more »

Mercy
Mercy
7 years ago

Us non-celebrities set the trend. They think they have to straighten their hair to get roles. Hey! I know we weren’t the only ones who saw Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”. They had sight. I’m sure a lot of celebrity bw did too. I know not everyone did but those who did probably felt shocked and ashamed that other races could think we’re ashamed of our natural selves. I did, although the revelation was hardly the motivator to my journey to become completely self-loving. I was most embarrassed that God would’ve thought I didn’t appreciate he made me a black woman.… Read more »

Mira
7 years ago

Ladies, why are we so concern with what the next chick is doing with her hair. And please stop using the line,” little black girls are looking up to these celebrities for a role model.” A role model starts at home, or your community. My daughters shouldn’t have to look up to celebrities for hair care or hair choices. It starts at home. I show my daughters that natural hair is beautiful as well as weaves, dreads, relaxers and whatever other choices that’s out there. I don’t force natural hair on them, it should be something that they want to… Read more »

Dylian
Dylian
7 years ago
Reply to  Mira

YES ROLE MODELS START AT HOME BUT HONEY, PSYCHOLOGY WILL EVEN TELL YOU THAT SOCIETY WILL HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON YOUR CHILD AND MAY EVEN HAVE MORE OF AN IMPACT ON THIER SELF ESTEEM THAN YOU DO. ITS JUST THE WAY IT IS. A PARENT CAN TELL THEIR CHILDREN ALL DAY THAT THEIR NATURAL HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL BUT WHEN THEY GO TO SCHOOL OR TURN ON THE TV AND SEE THAT ALL THE DISNEY CHARACTERS HAVE STRAIGHT HAIR OR THAT ALL THE BLACK CELEBRITIES HAVE STRAIGHT HAIR, THEN THEY WILL EVENTUALLY START TO NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE AND THEY MAY… Read more »

Amber
Amber
7 years ago

Why is it not ok for celebrities to show off their natural hair when the rest of the nappy heads do? Ppl who are not celebrities often have thin, brittle nasty looking hair they have no qualms about posting on the social media. They often wear weaves as “protective styling” too. Why attack celebrities? What makes you think they do anything to “impress” you? You mention celebrities wanting to validate they are down with the natural hair community by revealing their often weaved up natural locks. Realty is more often the ordinary person is looking to celebrities to validate their… Read more »

locedup
7 years ago

Like the perspective. I never even thought about the star “selfie” seeking some sort of validation. Definitely food for thought.

Miranda
Miranda
7 years ago

This is not about not letting celebrities showing their natural hair, nor is it about all the other arguments the previous commentators have advanced. Allow me to say that you have completely missed the point. Those of us who have decided to become natural have done so in the most obvious way. I think being natural should involved two steps: 1) making the conscious decision to be natural, and 2) not being afraid to show it to the world as your prime self. This peek-a-boo business is none sense. The underlying message is I will grow natural hair (just in… Read more »

Iva
Iva
7 years ago
Reply to  Miranda

Thank you Miranda! This sums up the issue quite nicely. Personally, I do not care what someone else does with their hair. It’s their business, I don’t judge you so don’t judge me (or call me names for wearing my own hair growing out of my head the way it grows out of my head). Put the celeb selfies when I see them (usually on THIS site because I do not follow instagram and twitter) leave a bad taste in my mouth. It’s totally “look, look I’m one of you…but only in the dark.” Stop it, just stop it. To me,… Read more »

Lacquerholic
Lacquerholic
7 years ago

As an industry professional, If most of the celebs out there rocked their own natural hair, they wouldn’t have much if any left after a few years in the business. You hair is subject to tons of heat, and the stylist on set is more than likely not familiar with styling natural hair. If it’s an actress who is portraying a role and the director wants the hair to be a certain way, a weave is the best option so you’re not killing your hair with tons of heat every day. Now a pop star on the other hand can create… Read more »

Dylian
Dylian
7 years ago
Reply to  Lacquerholic

YES BUT THE ISSUE IS THAT CELEBRITIES NEVER, I MEAN NEVER ROCK THEIR NATURAL HAIR. EVEN DURING DOWN TIME. I CAN NAME ONLY A FEW LIKE VIOLA DAVIS OR YAYA WHO WORK THEIR NATURAL HAIR. PEOPLE LIKE NICKI MINAJ, GABRIEL UNION AND A FEW OTHERS NEVER EVER ROCK THEIR NATURAL HAIR. NOT TO MENTION BEYONCE WHO ALWAYS ROCKS BLONDE WIGS AND WEAVES. WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE ARE THEY SENDING TO WHITE AMERICA. THEY ALREADY THINK THAT WE DONT LOVE OURSELVES. SO ITS SAD. SOME OF YOU ARE MAKING UP EXCUSES FOR THESE CELEBS. YES I CAN UNDERSTAND WEARING A WEAVE… Read more »

Lady4c
Lady4c
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylian

Wearing a weave doesnt neccesarily mean you dnt embrace yourself , and each and evry person has their own story concerning hair. Natural or no natural people gone love or hate. If the whole black communty would decide to go natural today its not gonna make a big diffrence in how people look at us :S Fact is no matter what we do evry individual is going to receive and judge us diffrent way. The most important thing is just for us to do us and take care of our selves ( yess including hair). Gotta work with what God… Read more »

Miranda
Miranda
7 years ago

Yes, it is true that you hair gets damaged, as you noted, if you are a celebrity or model, ect. But, the white actresses or celebrities have their hair damaged, too. I have yet to see one rocking a kinky (or kinkylike) weave to proctect their hair. I guess the point is beyond protective hairdo, afterall.

Miranda
Miranda
7 years ago

And, on second thought, it is protective. In the sense that it protects your career, your stardom. By hiding that hair you can continue to be palatable to the media.

Mimi Ani
7 years ago

I love Tracee Ellis, Solange, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Grace Jones, Asha, Nneka and many more but I understand what you mean by unhealthy hair like Tonya, Lil Waynes ex-wife/baby momma. How they want to carry their hair is their own struggle and they have busy schedules and I doubt they have the time to be have and up keep a regimen, so you do have to understand. Before you judge, put yourself in their shoes.

Robin
7 years ago

I am a not the hair police. I love my natural hair. I did the b/c February 2011.Until then I permed and weaved my hair for over forty years so who am I to tell somebody what to do with their hair. I don’t condemn anyone for their choice. Now when someone approaches me about my hair and someone asks me about my journey I try and be as helpful as possible. We have a choice how we choose to wear our hair and I know I would be offended if someone told me to straighten my hair. It is… Read more »

Iva
Iva
7 years ago
Reply to  Robin

But, no snark, then why are you commenting on a hair site? The stories on this site will always be in some way about hair. If you think it’s petty than why are you here?

cyan
cyan
7 years ago
Reply to  Iva

Probably because it’s generally a haircare site and not a hair gossip site. Some of y’all care too much about things that don’t really impact your lives.

Dylian
Dylian
7 years ago
Reply to  Robin

IM TIRED OF PEOPLE SAYING THAT HAIR IS NOT A REAL ISSUE. HAIR IS A REAL DEEP ISSUE THAT CAUSES A LOT OF SELF HATE FOR CHILDREN, MEN AND WOMEN IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. IT IS THE REASON THAT LOTS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS DONT KNOW HOW TO SWIM. OR WHY SOME PEOPLE PUT PERMS IN THEIR HAIR EVEN WHEN IT IS MAKING THEM GO BALD. ITS THE REASON WHY CHILDREN GET MADE FUN OF IN SCHOOL. PEOPLE ARENT EVEN USE TO SEEING OUR NATURAL HAIR. IT IS A REAL PROBLEM. ITS A PROBLEM THAT WE NEED TO FIX REAL,… Read more »

Mika
7 years ago

I feel the same way tbh. If you’re so cool with your natural hair why is it always hidden under a weave with a texture that in no way resembles your own? It’s such a transparent attention stunt at this point from celebs anyway.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago

Why does it have to be an attention thing? Why can’t it be just a show of support? IMO it seems like they can’t win- wear wigs and weaves that are straight and they are caving to the pressures to look a certain way in mainstream. After natural hair starts to become more widely accepted by mainstream audiences (again) and they decide to show solidarity and they are just doing things for attention. Honestly, it pisses me right off when people presume others’ reasoning to be nothing more than something as petty as wanting attention. You don’t know why they… Read more »

Dylian
Dylian
7 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

HOW WILL NATURAL HAIR EVER BE ACCEPTED IN MAINSTREAM IF PEOPLE DONT START WEARING IT NATURAL? THINK ABOUT IT. IF THEY CONTINUE TO WORK WEAVES AND WIGS ALL THE TIME, THEN WHY WOULD MAINSTREAM EVER CHANGE IT? TRUST ME, THEY WONT. ITS BEEN HOW MANY YEARS, AND THEY HAVENT CHANGED IT YET.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylian

But people *have* started wearing it natural. Us in the natural community. We have a huge effect on what is considered mainstream- hence this very topic of celebrities jumping on the bandwagon so to speak. This isn’t all in the celebrities’ hands. They have continued with their wigs and weaves and mainstream has already begun to change. The growth and visibility of the natural hair community has expanded such that you’re starting to see more product lines for women to wear their hair using their natural texture more than ever before. This is American history we’re seeing. Don’t you try… Read more »

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

Hi Nicole, this is Nicole. Let’s hope when you and I comment on a article we will agree, because some people here will ‘attack’ you thinking it’s me or “attack” me thinking it’s you. LOL.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Nicole

Lol! Ugh I should have known this wouldn’t be a unique ID! Oh well.. gotta think of another one when/if I decide to comment on another article.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago

Also, WHYYY do we hate so hard when people “jump on a bandwagon” from out perspective? Why can’t we just embrace the newbies and be ok with letting them go if in fact they are just bandwagoners?

shelikes
shelikes
7 years ago

u cant get into another persons head so u dont know what celebs are thinking when they post. personally i think its best to be positive and embracing when it comes to natural hair. people dont start off thinking about it the way u do, but maybe if welcomed they might come back around to the way you think about it. some people do natural hair because its about creativity. others do it because its about embracing black culture. some do it and might not even know why. some do it because everybody else is doing it. celebs posting natural… Read more »

Arty
Arty
7 years ago
Reply to  shelikes

AMEN!!

Crystal Afro
7 years ago

This is a really good short, sweet and thought provoking post.
I’ve been on and off the fence with the whole celebrity naturals thing generally, but the BWNHV situation…I think I can see where you’re coming from. One thing is for sure, celebs definitely wana be associated with what the natural hair community is building/represents. Thanks for posting. @CrystalAfro xx

Jamila
Jamila
7 years ago

Let’s not create yet another dividing factor among us! Trust me, we have created enough reasons to be divided. Look, the natural selfie may be a cry for freedom for celebrities. Hell it is hot under those wigs and weaves. Maybe they want to join us and wear natural hair daily but due to the job they have they can’t. Intense styling day in and day out will leave you bald, maybe they just want to share a moment of hair freedom because they can’t wear their natural hair daily!

Good food for thought, lets default to the positive on this one!

Dylian
Dylian
7 years ago
Reply to  Jamila

ITS NOT ABOUT DURING WORK. THEY NEVER WEAR THEIR NATURAL HAIR. I HAVE SEEN PICS OF CELEBS DURING OFF TIME AND NONE OF THEM ARE ROCKING THEIR NATURAL HAIR. ITS A PROBLEM. AND I AM SICK OF PEOPLE SAYING THAT NATURAL HAIR IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. ITS YOUR HAIR. NATURALLY. THAT GOD GAVE YOU. OF COURSE ITS FOR EVERYONE. WHATEVER YOU ARE BORN WITH, IT IS FOR YOU. PLEASE TELL ME WHY CAUCASIONS SEEM TO GET THAT.

Kelly
Kelly
7 years ago

Exactly what i think !

Shahidah
7 years ago

I agree with the author.
Done

Cindy
Cindy
7 years ago

While I can understand the desire to encourage all to embrace what God gave us and be comfortable in our own skin, the manner in which it was expressed was not very positive or uplifting at all. Even if it was not meant to be, parts of this article came across as very derogatory (eg. “two strands of hair”) and judgemental ( eg. thirst for inclusion, BWNHV). This is a public platform that is being used to put down a whole segment of black women, namely celebrities, by stating opinions as fact: celebs post photos of their natural hair because… Read more »

Lady4c
Lady4c
7 years ago

I dont get the issue. If they have beautiful natural hair and want to show that evry once in a while, to me it shows they aren’t ashamed of it right? And well if they like to have a certain hair style, which is longer or another colour than their own hair and its possible and effordible for them WHY THE HELL NOT XD?? People its a free world what does i matter what anyone rocks the most? I think the most important thing other than carrying your hair right as a black woman is being confident and proud and know… Read more »

Lady4c
Lady4c
7 years ago
Reply to  Lady4c

*affordable
*srry,this isnt my first language hihi

cacey
cacey
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady4c

what’s your first language?

Lady4c
Lady4c
6 years ago
Reply to  cacey

Dutchhh, i’m an afro-dutch

Chan
7 years ago

Interesting observation with the celebs showing off their natural hair pics, but its never bothered me? The way I see it is they are normal people “just like us” but their jobs are in the spot light. Some of them will them keep their hair weaved up to protect it from the on the set stylists who don’t have a clue how to care for their natural hair. Not to mention the daily manipulation some undergo. The way I see it is we don’t ever see them on the day to day. Outside of their public jobs. They could be… Read more »

Monica
7 years ago

I understand when actresses have to change their hair for roles. After all, their job is to become someone else. Actresses like Cameron Diaz and Natalie Portman lighten, darken, shorten, and lengthen their hair to suit the character all of the time. However when the camera is off, they do what they chose. Black actresses who weave it up all the time aren’t doing that. They are just wearing weaves.

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago
Reply to  Monica

But how do you know that these white or even hispanic actresses do what they choose? How do you know that whatever hairstyle you see them wearing isn’t for a casting call? You’re assuming. Plus, there are many roles out there for white women wearing their hair all sorts of ways and if they come in with a different hair color than is called for it has a lighter consequence than a black woman coming in with their natural hair. Like someone mentioned, actresses can and have been turned away for looking too “ethnic”. There are much, much fewer roles… Read more »

wlotus
wlotus
7 years ago

I’m not here for that sort of thing, either. They can go away; they have their fan clubs.

sam
sam
7 years ago

The information about hair care is really good, but there’s so much animosity on this site sometimes. Some ladies with looser hair textures or unorthodox opinions are often shut down instead of embraced and ultimately end up leaving the site all together.

And then some people get offended when they are referred to as ‘Natural Hair Nazis”

leifu
leifu
6 years ago
Reply to  sam

While I agree that there is a certain degree of animosity in this post, I do feel the writer is making an observation and she isn’t wrong in her opinion, seeing as it is her own. You do bring up a valid point on hair textures, but I do have to say that calling someone a name with the word nazi is never and should never be an acceptable thing.

isabella
isabella
7 years ago

So because they don’t embrace it, they aren’t apart of the natural community?? I have natural hair, but I find it easier to wear weaves.

This whole notion of natural community if a joke. The fact they have natural hair should be celebrated, even if it under a weave. Not condemned because they wear weaves..

The post was so unnecessary.

jay
jay
7 years ago

Everyone with curly hair is not trying to reconnect with mother Africa. That might be your goal but sometimes females stop perming just to give their hair a break or to try something new. You’re opinion is yours and you’re entitled to it but I disagree. Be careful not to let your natural hair define you… Or prove your authenticity

MahoganyKinkCurl
MahoganyKinkCurl
7 years ago

I Belive that Its the thing that most people want , a sence of belonging i dont think its sad to want to fit in i think that its more so … the best form of faltery is to mimic that of the person or thing that they want to be most like. not to down play anyones opinion.

saltyfish
saltyfish
7 years ago

I’m sorry but who has any authority to say what going natural is about? It means something different to everybody. I have always been natural and haven’t had a relaxer or weave on my head in my entire life. Does that make me the Dalai Lama of natural hair? What if I wrote a post complaining about newly converted naturals saying that they have made what should be normal a fashion or fad? What if I said that they have ruined what being natural used to mean for those of us that have always been? I think you’d find me… Read more »

Likewaterforchocolat
Likewaterforchocolat
7 years ago
Reply to  saltyfish

Well written. I have no idea where some folks get this superiority complex (my natural is better than your natural stuff) from. Or that you can’t join #teamnatural because you don’t do A B or C. They forgot about the how it was to want encouragement in their journey.

Brittney
Brittney
7 years ago

You took the words out of my mouth. It astounds me that the very women who have jumped on the natural bandwagon are so quick to criticize celebrities for having a “me too” attitude. I’ve been natural over 20 years. A year and a half ago I shaved my head and have been wearing it short since. I might grow it back, but I do love the ease of it while I’m in grad school. But if I go too long without a hair cut the fro begins to emerge, and women constantly ask me such questions as, “are you… Read more »

Lady4c
Lady4c
7 years ago
Reply to  Brittney

I think many of you should quit your whining and especially the #teamnaturalveterans should applaud yourself for making a way for the black community to embrace our selves even more, but seriously dont boast about being one of the first to turn natural because to me the real veterans are my sistahs in Africa who BC’d as kids while going to school (haha if u know what I mean)! And seriously though.. isn’t it a GOOD thing that black females are showing off their hair more then before now ??

leifu
leifu
6 years ago
Reply to  Lady4c

I don’t think you are getting her point though. She isn’t trying to focus on the who did it first thing, but the fact that any person, whether females or males, or what ever gender association the person chooses, should not be judged , on the waythey wear theyre hair.

lisa
lisa
7 years ago

hmm. it just seems like she’s trying to create even more division, which is already plaguing the “natural hair community” (NHC). There’s already ppl fighting about heat and dyes not qualifying as natural so now celebs cant be included in the NHC without it looking like desperation for attention? i thought the NHC was suppose to embrace the beauty of what was deemed ugly (our kinky hair)not determine who was allowed in the group and their motives.

C. Meko
C. Meko
7 years ago

I agree 100% with you! What do these celebrities want?!? A hand clap and a lollipop!!!! I mean really! Now when they come out on the redcarpet with twists, braid outs, locs, or a big afro–all their own hair of course then you will be impressive and respected. This is life not just a fad so you can look cute. You demean yourself by throwing up these pics then turning around and slapping a wig or weave back on! Truly rediculous please go get your life. I like you always believe in the beauty and knowledge of our natural hair… Read more »

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Shay
Shay
7 years ago

I completely agree. There is nothing wrong with being proud of your natural hair and showing it off to the world. However, when you show it off to prove a point it comes off as fake and ignorant. A woman that is truly proud of her natural texture will show it off with confidence anywhere they go. Not saying you shouldn’t wear protective styles; but being truly proud of something is seen and not heard.

colalover
colalover
7 years ago

So seriously THIS is what keeps you up at night? Why do you even bother or question these celebs motives? Seems like a pretty air headed, devisive, sophmoric, post, filled with assumptions about other (albeit high profile) black women’s choices and motives to me. And it’s a bit high schoolish too. I think this just wasted 4 minutes of my life, that I will never get back! Thanks!

Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago

This post seems to be one sided. I know girls who’ve been natural since day 1 and this doesn’t even bother them because they know its a fad. But they do encourage others to try it without downing relaxed hair. I’ve seen the selfies & I see no point of criticizing them when they’ve obviously been natural for a while. & when you say celebrities, does that exempt the afrocentric ones like Janelle Monae and Neosoul artists? Because I know Jill, Chrisette, and especially India have gone through some hairstyles. Do you think that they feel the same way as… Read more »

colalover
colalover
7 years ago

I for one, LOVE seeing celebrities! I am into celebrity gossip though. I kind of like looking at what they have on, and how they wear the hair? I even like the comments. This site would be dull without an occassional celeb thrown in. Please keep the celebs coming and the fashion. Why do I want to ONLY listen to a bunch of natural hair snobbery. ?..I mean we love the snobs too, because it’s interesting to get their feedback as well. I say we should welcome ALL personalities. An opinion is an opinion. But it’s not a terribly bad… Read more »

Dimples
Dimples
6 years ago

I have been completely natural since 2009. That was my third attempt at chemical free. It is hard for me because of the job ( military) and sometimes the climates I have lived . I went natural cause of extreme breakage. My hair was so dried cause of my deployment and chemically treated water. I had no choice but to cut it off. I kept it under wigs, braids, or weaves. But I don’t have 1–2 hours each day to focus on my hair I got to get up and go. I wore braids growing up or a silky straight… Read more »

Funksho8
Funksho8
6 years ago

when they don’t have natural hair, you complain. now they show it, more complaints. we do the same thing looks at me i co-wash. ladies calm down.

Be happy that someone has been inspired by your lovely locks and wants to show them.
the amount of complaints from the natural community about black celebs NOT showing their hair. CHILL

Daryl- Ranae
Daryl- Ranae
6 years ago

How I’ve been feeling lately!!! Took the words right out of my mouth

Trainee Rapunzel
Trainee Rapunzel
6 years ago

I was just telling a friend how lovely the natural community is; how, I’m seeing black women boost each other up like never before. Then I read an article like this ): I’ve been natural most of my life and I’m so thankful to this community for extending my hair skills beyond weaving/braiding- to actual show/tell me what’s good for my hair so I could make informed choices. Because of the natural community, I discovered a talent for making products for my hair and skin. I used to be an androgynous model. In order to get regular work I had… Read more »

Tired
Tired
6 years ago

I understand where you are coming from, however, I am irritated by the whole “hair community” to begin with. The fact that the shirt in the photograph says “I love my hair!” with the picture of a brown-skinned woman with natural hair is slightly offensive. That suggests that I who choose to be chemically altered does not?! GOH! I am not a slave to it, I could go natural, I just don’t like the way I… emphasis I!… look like that. Its a lot of work, and I prefer to texlax. But I digress. We are not our hair! The… Read more »

collegechick
collegechick
5 years ago
Reply to  Tired

I don’t think they’re trying to say that you can’t love your hair chemically altered, but more so it’s best to love your hair the way it naturally grows, because a relaxer doesn’t just damage your hair scalp, the chemicals in it can do a lot of damage to your overall health. In fact many doctors now suggest that women who are pregnant should not relax their hair because it can harm the fetus in utero. So you can love your relaxed hair all you want, but make sure you love all that is involved with it. You stated that… Read more »

JustSayin
JustSayin
5 years ago
Reply to  Tired

People will ALWAYS find a way to “break away” and build a community about something. Any topic. Hair? Reality — It really isn’t that big of a deal. It is not just within the African American community it is global. A lot of women change their hair, alter their look by cutting, dying, weaving, braiding or whatever. I embrace the idea of being different. To me? Wearing a weave is no different than wearing makeup. Or; women who wear fake nails, eyelashes, draw on their eye brows, wear clothes that “define” your curves. You can perm it, dye, fry it,… Read more »

Eleanor
Eleanor
4 years ago
Reply to  Tired

If your hair is chemically straightened then it CANNOT be healthy. (I don’t care how shiny it looks.) Relaxer works to break the chemical bonds in your hair; the very process of straightening your hair is really just damage that looks “nice.”

Mel Mem Landy
Mel Mem Landy
5 years ago
Reply to  Tired

The defensive questions or assumption of “does that mean i don’t love my relaxed hair?” when people praise their natural hair like in the photo above just baffles me. One, no one saying that. Second when that’s said it’s like if someone has a “cure cancer” shirt and you responed “so we don’t need to cure MS now?” Preferring one doesn’t put down the other.

Kristle
Kristle
6 years ago

The problem to me is that they do not embrace the look (the article notes that when they do reveal hair looks unhealthy) so saying weave is for protection is a lie, Hollywood seems to still have a hold of the definition of beauty. As you can see these women only feel comfy to share their true selves on social media but not have their natural curls grace the big screen. Either the film makers and cast directors do not call for women of color with natural locks or most are still assimilating to land roles.Let your hair journey be… Read more »

Nina
Nina
5 years ago

Completely agree! I feel the same

Leah James
Leah James
5 years ago

I feel the exact same it’s like they are doing it for a trend no wonder people feel all natural hair black woman are going natural for a trend a movement that will only last a little while smh . Natural is my life now . I’m natural for life and it’s all me .

Moose_Master
Moose_Master
5 years ago

While I generally agree with you I think the point isn’t to mock weave but to point out that celebrities use the natural hair movement to be relevant. Like they see the movement as just a tool to show off when in reality if they were really about the movement they’d be out there rocking their natural hair and not just taking pictures to be down.

Ijeoma
Ijeoma
5 years ago

I am not one to comment but I have to. I have been natural for 9 years and I love my hair I majority of the time wear it in my natural state but I do enjoy changing it up with weaves and the like. I didn’t care for your commentary. It’s no ones business how the next woman wears their hair. Why create a divide in this way. we need to do better as women and stop speaking on topics as trivial as how the next woman carries her hair. It’s silly

J9ssica
J9ssica
5 years ago
Reply to  Ijeoma

I put braids in between as protective styling,and the girl who does my hair she was like,I am natural also ‚I was surprised because I never see her wear her hair out,and then she proceeded to say that she doesn’t wear it out because she hates the way it looks,like honey what’s the point of telling me you are natural you aren’t relatable with me,I actually love my hair,so I agree and don’t agree with her post,who gives a crap about those celebrities,but they are not in the same club as us who wear our hair out.

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