The Internet brings out the trolliest of trolls. In a recent Essence interview, actress, DJ, fashion paramour Solange Knowles discussed her hair, being an inspiration and advice for women going natural. The interview reposted on CurlyNikki.com attracted some unsavory comments about her hair, its unkempt state and what she needs to do to make it look better.
Well, I never. In true Solange fashion, she retorted to her critics via Twitter.
I’ve never painted myself as a team natural vice president. I don’t know the lingo and I don’t sleep with a satin cap…However, I did noticed when I picked out my hair, I kept seeing feedback about needing a “twist out”. Connnnfesssioonnn: I HATE twist outs. Correction, I hate the way they look on me. SO i end up always picking them/steaming them out. Look, all i’m saying is. My hair is not very important to me….so i don’t encourage it to be important to you.
As I read her retort, my first thought was that she is a new spokesperson for Carol’s Daughter and their Transitioning product line, which is targeted to African-American women going natural. Doesn’t that mean Solange is apart of some faction of #TeamNatural? And as a spokesperson isn’t she putting her hair on the proverbial chopping block?
Does her celebrity give people the right to comment on her choices, hair or otherwise? When will naturals accept that Solange wears weaves and hair extensions as well and might not want the positioning she’s been given?
Or is Solange biting the hands that uphold her? The natural community reveres her hair and she has catered to the attention until they had something to say. Should Solange just deal with the criticism or should people just mind their business?
What say ye on the Solange hair debate?