Let KINKY Hair Be GREAT

Queen Oprah’s personal hair stylist for over 25 years Andre Walker, opened a Pandora’s Box of backlash when an interview with Elle Magazine surfaced online. Giving advise about “Making Peace With Your Hair,” Andre is quoted as stating, “Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing.” Though he has since tried to back pedal with an excuse on his personal blog … the damage was done, his ignorance slipped out. As a natural hair rocker and PROUD Kinky-club member (4C, type SON!!) I had to ask, WHATTHEJOEJACKSONHELL are you talmbout Andre?!?!

Daum. Can the Kinky-hair mavens get some?? Can we cook? Live? Be considered just as gorgeous as everyone else’s textures???

Black/minority women going “natural” or resolving to no longer use a chemical straightener, has been a cultural beauty topic for over a decade. Advertisers now use models with TWA’s (Teenie Weenie Afro’s), and new natural hair products seem to appear on the market every week. A myriad of bloggers have made a career dishing styling and product advise arming women with the confidence to be kitchen beauticians. With all the information available on the Internet, there was no excuse for Andre to make such a biased statement rooted in a history of racial degradation. To advise as though an aspect of our beauty, without manipulation, simply isn’t good enough. As he utilized the Elle platform and global reach as “Oprah Winfrey’s stylist” again, I ask, WHATTHEJOEJACKSONHELL are you talmbout Andre??

One of the most liberating life experiences thus far is growing out my chemical relaxer. Some of the worst backlash while in transition (the process) and even now however, has come from Black men (and several women) eager to share that I don’t “look right” with natural hair. Excuse me, what?? As if the God-given kinky-coils growing from my scalp aren’t acceptable. *scoffs*  Which speaks to a larger issue of self-hatred that I don’t have the energy to indulge in this post nor in passing observation/exchange with small-minded people less confident in their beauty than I. Increasingly frustrating, is that in spite of the many avenues to showcase options and images of beauty for natural kinky hair it’s always one of us making averse statements that would suggest fault or disgust with one’s natural appearance. *Fingers to temple* 

Well obviously everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but public figures and those branding themselves as “experts” *cough, Andre, cough* should do their due diligence, researching the beauty of ALL textures particularly those of women whose skin mirrors their own, or STHU. The revolution against limiting beauty norms of the past has arrived. Some folks are just late. But they should know it’s rude to arrive tardy for the party starting mess…doesn’t everyone watch RHOA?? Continue to love yourself and be confident that no matter how you choose to wear your hair texture. Styling options and knowledgeable sources are around to advise on hair health. *tugs at kinky coils* I support it, even if Andre doesn’t.

Peace,

Dawnavette

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About Dawnavette

A Modern Renaissance Woman passionate about writing, women's issues, race relations, pop culture and music.

Posted on July 19, 2011, in Commentary, WhatTheJoeJacksonHell?! and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I like the new look! Good job. As for natural hair… Who cares what this man says being naturally u is always beautiful! God never blesses us with anything we can’t handle! Kudos 2 all the black girls managing their “unruly” tresses.

  2. Very well said!…… I have never heard that he said that before! I am shocked. But I think it’s awesome that we are starting to love our hair! Great post keep them coming!
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