Solange's Twitter Rant

I found this post on BGLH.com and thought I would share it with you guys. Our fav natural hair diva went off on twitter the other day…

“Just taking a moment to rant against natural hair police” ~Solange Knowles

Solange had a lot on her mind last night as she took to Twitter to speak against naturals who have questioned the authenticity of her big chop and criticized her for rocking “undefined” looks all the time. Check it out;

I cut my hair ALL off 4 times in my life all for very different reasons….I only reiterate this because this is nothing new for me.

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.

I dont want to talk about no damn hair…..no mo.

So what got Solange all fired up? A post on natural hair Tumblr blog Moderne Meid, which was itself summarizing a post from a DIFFERENT natural hair website that attracted some very uncomplimentary comments about Solange’s hair, including that it is not unique, and looks dry and unkempt (aka, not always in a twist out).

I think it’s very unfortunate that Solange is getting flack for DARING to rock her hair with the curls undefined. There are still quite a few women who feel that the only “acceptable” way to wear natural hair is to painstakingly define every ringlet, curl and coil — stretched styles and undefined fros be damned. I love that Solange prefers an undefined look. It fits well with her overall look and attitude, and frankly it’s quite beautiful.

What are your thoughts on all this ladies? How do you feel about women coming at Solange for not having (or attempting to have) curls in her hair?

Solange’s full twitter rant is below (start at the bottom and read up). Click to enlarge the photos:

 

 

I FEEL her on this. I don’t usually rock my hair in a twist out either. Although beautiful, its time consuming and annoying to keep up. I opt for my hair to be free .

 

Even if I don’t have defined curls…. So you TELL EM Solo *three snaps*

7 Comments

  • Mary says:

    Why do we always do this to people? WHAT THE HELL IS A DEFINED CURL ANYWAY? Twisting our hair and then untwisting is NOT the ‘natural’ curl. It’s a temporary and ARTIFICIAL curl. DUH… I wear twists and twist outs but let’s not pretend that the look after a twist is our ‘real’ curl.

    Why can’t we just wear our hair how it makes us happy without the natural police always circling? We are terrible to each other sometimes.

    And you KNOW who I mean when I say WE…

    • Whitney says:

      Yes ma’am, WE are each others worst critics. I wish we could learn to lift each other up, not tear each other down.

  • mamadoc says:

    I’m right there with her. I hate hearing “when did you decide to go natural?” more then “what is that?” when referring to my tattoo/sleeve. I’ve changed my hair often throughout my life & even relaxed, I considered it to be naturally me. Now I hear people comment on how if someone is going to have dreads they shouldn’t be “messy” and other ways people should wear their “natural” styles.

    The positive for me has been the accessibility to a lot of new products, the blogs & videos, and advice being shared. When I wore my hair “natural” in the 90s, I didn’t have so many options.

    • Whitney says:

      I think one of the biggest things about going natural is that you have to have the confidence to do you….Because as with any other thing that alter your appearance people are going to have something to say about it.

  • Robin says:

    I saw the article featuring her twitter rant on the Root the other day and was surprised until I saw that she was being insulted about her hair. I think there has been plenty of rudeness, over zealousness and judgment across the board. There have been women with natural hair for several years and at times they can be snobby about all this being “old hat” for them. Likewise, new naturals are so passionate about their new found selves, in their eagerness to spread the word they can oftentimes be rude, condescending and judgmental at women who are new to the natural world, or as we see with Solange, not so new. I think this silliness also spreads to women who choose to wear weaves and chemically straightened hair over naturals. The bottom line is this. Just like there is a black diaspora out there consisting of various levels of consciousness, ideals, and thought so goes the natural hair care community. For some, its a new cute trend that they will let go when they find a cuter relaxed style. For many, its a lifestyle change that like their Old hat natural sisters will some day become old hat to them. I admit to being passionate about my hair, but I don’t push it on anyone as it was a personal choice. I do get alot of questions from new naturals and my mantra is its about discovering what works for you, not what works for me. I love my sisters and all because a woman decides to forego textured styles because it allows them to be “free” that should be celebrated as much as sisters who twist, loc, braid, Out, Bantu, or relax. Women should band together and celebrate each others beauty not dismiss it. Solange was angry and her being the spokesperson for Carol’s Daughter transitions movement speaks volumes in how she feels about black women allowing themselves to forego the straight look. I’m sure she will be talking about her hair alot more, but should probably learn a lesson that many Youtube naturals have learned, Ignore silliness and embrace the majority who look to you for inspiration.

  • NEKA says:

    i love the way she rocks her hair….if you going to b on this natural journey you have to love your hair texture. its okay to try new things but u cant change your hair type and u cant please everyone.. so rock on girl i loooooveeee it

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