Solange Knowles is tired of all the conversation surrounding her hair and she let loose on the Twittersphere about the issue, reports StyleBlazer. After going natural years ago, she has become the focal point of the hair revolution that has rocketed through Black America. Often compared to her older sister Beyonce, who is known for her long, flowing blonde weaves, Solange has struggled to define herself as an individual and refuses to now be defined by some narrow perception of “otherness.”
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The article that she is referencing comes from Moderne Meid, who says that not only does she love Solange’s style, but that she, too, is aware of hair hypocrites who instead of relaxing and frying, try to tame, twist, braid and butter their tresses into “curly, good hair”:
Solange does not have the same hair as other ‘natural hair idols’ such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding or Tracee Ellis Ross. She is really holding her own. Those ladies are doing well too actually, sporting their own hair and being confident with it…
I’m just going to say it straight. I believe there is a bias in the natural hair community when it comes to certain hair types and hair lengths. I believe there is a hierarchy. Those with bigger and/or longer hair seem to get a lot of praise for it. I guess because it’s not seen as often? I guess it’s because people aspire to obtain that for themselves?
If Solange’s hair would have been longer, would she have had more oohing and awing? Tracee Elis Ross, Esperanza Spalding and Corinne Bailey Rae tend to be regarded as natural hair icons, is it because they have long hair and/or curly hair? Why are not more tightly coiled naturals regarded as hair idols? Are there any tightly coiled naturals regarded as natural hair idols in the spotlight?
Weigh in, Clutchettes: Are black women really embracing natural hair, or is the quest for “good, curly hair,” the new relaxer?