I have been trying VERY hard not to comment on the whole Solange Hair Saga. However, in light of my recent quest for ‘perfect curl definition’, I feel a few questions arising .
My recent natural hair experiment on trying to get curl definition was inspired by several discussions I had seen on the online natural hair community, where curl definition seems to be the MUST-HAVE. I have noticed a lot people perpetually chasing after this or that wonder product that is meant to give them perfectly spiralled ringlets, regardless of their hair types. It seems like your hair is not ‘done’ if you don’t have curl definition going on
I have never been one that particularly cared about getting perfectly defined curls because I know:
- My hair type will never give me type 3 curls
- As long my hair is healthy & moisturised it will achieve its own definition, which does not look like ringlets.
- My hair can & DOES look good, with or without curl definition.
The picture below of my hair was taken last summer whilst on holiday in Cyprus. This was how my hair looked like after several days of swimming, both in salty sea water & chlorinated pool water. I didn’t use any products to get this look – this look was very natural, very organic and my coils were quite random. I got more compliments on my hair in this state then when I wear twist-outs, coil-outs etc.
I have personally found the recent attacks on Solange & her curls rather disgusting. The whole debacle began when Curly Nikki posted this Article about Solange & her natural hair - which was about the interview she had with Essence. Whilst some of the comments left on the Curly Nikki article were positive & encouraging, many others were negative enough to have one of my friends, Moderne Meid, a UK natural hair blogger, express her distaste HERE.
Now Solange came across my friend’s blog post and boy was she NOT happy about the vile comments made about her natural hair! She responded via her Twitter exactly what she thought about the nay sayers and just like that……the whole drama erupted, with several blogs, forums and online media discussing the issue of Solange, her natural hair and what constitutes ‘appropiate natural hair’! *rolls eyes*
First of all, kudos to Moderne Meid for highlighting a prevalent issue within the natural hair/black community and bringing this topic to the forefront for frank discussion.
Secondly, kudos to Solange for standing her ground against the natural hair ‘police’ and wearing her hair with pride – the way she sees fit!
I have always admired the fact that she chooses not to coax her hair into perfect curls, only achievable via the use of products. Like me, she focuses on keeping her hair healthy and her hair does look great for it!
Yet, she met a barrage of insults from several ‘curlies’ who branded her hair ‘unkempt’, ‘dry’ and akin to ‘the look of a homeless person’ All this, simply because she lets her natural hair texture do its own thing, rather than coaxing it into perfectly defined curls.
In fact, in the article above from the Daily Mail, one of the many nasty comments said: Thandie Newton’s hair is gorgeous! That is the correct way to wear “natural” hair. Solange’s hair is just nappy! She should borrow one of Beyonce’s weaves
My last blog post (which was rather tongue-in-cheek) highlighted the ridiculousness of the eternal search for curl definition & the lengths some people would go to get those ringlets. I kid you not, there are lots of people who are taking the Coca Cola hair treatment seriously and using it on a regular basis!
Why can’t people just embrace and work with their own natural hair texture, instead of trying to make it do what it can’t naturally do on its own?
Why is it that someone who chooses not to have defined curls is branded dirty, unkempt, homeless hobo?
Does undefined curls equals ‘undone’ hair? Is the hair only ‘done’ when it is perfectly curled?
EDITED – 13 jUNE 2012, 9PM:
Thank you to everyone who RT & shared my latest blog post. From the messages, comments & reactions I have received, it is clear that a lot of you are similarly enraged at the attack on Solange for her afro.
It is also very clear that many of you, like me, are not overly obsessed about curl definition and are more concerned about the health of the hair.
Please share & RT the article to help continue the raise awareness.
The more we embrace & flaunt our ‘undefined coils’, the more the world and those around us will embrace and accept that our natural hair texture is beautiful just the way it is.
The more images of natural hair there are out there, the more the world/natural hair community will have a reference point as to what is truly natural hair texture
Whilst I am not against the use of curl definers, we must remember that if 90% of us naturals are wearing our natural hair 90% of the time in defined curls (aided by the use of products or techniques), then our community around us will have no reference point as to what is normal natural hair.
So whether our true texture is coily, zig zag, curly, kinky or even candy flossy…let us flaunt our true selves and not all mould ourselves to the same template.
You, me and everyone of us can make that difference, destroy the stereotypes & educate the ignorant simply by how we present ourselves and of course, our hair.