Zahara Jolie-Pitt was recently photographed in Las Vegas rocking braid extensions instead of her usual free-form wash-n-go. The six year old adopted daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt became the poster child for childhood black hair norms in 2009, when Angelina was accused of misunderstanding black hair and not keeping Zahara’s mane “tame” enough. These claims sparked a debate over the extent to which we accept the natural curls of our little girls and the responsibility of parents to instill confidence in their children, be it through assimilation or self-acceptance.

Some people are already pleased that Zahara’s hair has been put in less wild style than in the past, while others are concerned that six years old is way too young for a child to have synthetic hair extensions. Whatever the hair police say about Angelina’s ability to properly care for Zahara’s hair, the young lady herself seems to be thriving.

View more pictures of Zahara’s look over the years here.

What do you think?


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