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Willow Smith

Recently pictures of Willow Smith with a low-cut ‘do surfaced and it seems like folks have a lot to say. While I think she’s cute and looks a lot more like her superstar pop, others feel like like allow young Willow to shave her hair is a knock against Will and Jada’s parenting skills.

Although they’ve been very vocal about allowing their children to express themselves, some feel like going bald crosses the line. But why? Isn’t it just hair?

We all know that’s a loaded question, especially for black women. While our hair can very well be “just hair,” typically it’s not. Some of us have been told that there is power in our hair and to grow it as long (and as straight) as possible, while others grew up with the freedom to switch styles as often as they changed outfits.

I the older I get, the more I subscribe to the “just hair” notion, but I’ll be honest, it took a long time to get here. And while I’ve considered shaving my head (because Rachel Stewart and Demetria Lucas’ short cuts give me fever), I haven’t taken it all the way down just yet.

How about you? Would you shave off all your hair? 

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