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by on Feb 14, 2014

If You’ve Got It…

Black girls with long hair love to show it off. Why shouldn’t they? We’ve always been told that if you’ve got it, you should flaunt it. But if you dare try you’re likely to be told that nobody likes a show off. When celebrities or any other woman of color use social media to show off her (real) treasured tresses, the bash and bully brigade gets fired up.

What’s up with the double standards though? When celebs like Gisele Bündchen, Heidi Klum or Tina Fey land lucrative contacts to whip their hair back and forth for a 30 second TV commercial, we don’t think twice. Yet, when Nikki Minaj, Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, and others have shared pictures of their real hair on social media, a select few label it as unnecessary or annoying.

Come on people, did you really think Nikki Minaj was bald under all those brightly colored wigs that she rocked for years? Did you really think that Tyra, the Queen of tasteful and beautiful lace fronts, had a head of broken and battered strands? Think outside the box. Protective styling isn’t always box braids or a top knot. When used responsibly, wigs and weaves are a great option.

“I wear weaves for my job to protect my own hair from heat and product buildup. I don’t leave weaves in longer than six weeks, and I use quality hair. I haven’t had a relaxer in over ten years! Natural hair is great and weaves can give you plenty of easy options. [Here, my stylist] used a blow dryer and flat iron on low around my edges.”  

                                  – Gabrielle Union

The fact is, most women regardless of race, income level, career choice or anything else take pride in their hair. It just feels like women of color bash each other for it so much more.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day and all, the better option is to love yourself, everything about yourself, and be unapologetic for it. If you’ve got it, do what you want with it!


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