PSA: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: BLUE IVY IS A CHILD! I REPEAT BLUE IVY IS A BABY!
It seems like every time Beyoncé and Jay Z release a picture or if the paparazzi catches a glimpse of Blue Ivy, someone has something to say about Blue Ivy’s hair and the lack of comb and brush attention she has received. Blue Ivy just turned two years old, what kind of hair styles are you expecting from her? We’re you expecting Senegalese twists? She’s 2 years old! Her hair is two years old! And by the looks of it, Beyoncé wants to make sure Blue has hair when she grows up!
The best way for hair to grow is to leave it alone. Why do you think some black women wear braids, and weaves as protective styles? Those who wear weaves the right way on a regular basis have very long and healthy hair. Why? Because they leave their real hair alone! There is no excessive pulling or heat. Rubber bands and braids are not for very young children especially if they have short and soft hair. Hair follicles are very fragile when you are young and intense pulling can cause the hair to break at the root. I don’t know about y’all (yes I said y’all I’m a Southern belle) but I cannot stand to see a two year old with no edges. With as much money as Beyoncé has she can’t buy Blue’s edges back.
The Blue Ivy bashers continue to prove what we already know; that black women are obsessed with hair. And of course I don’t mean all, but I know that I have fallen short a time or two in my life on this matter. We are our own worst hair critics. Hair is the first thing we notice about another black woman and we are quick to verbally express how we feel about it. A girl could be breaking records and accomplishing African American history and black women are distracted by her ponytail. I’m pretty sure Russia was more focused on the gold medal around Gabby Douglass’ neck than her mane.
This obsession between the black woman and hair is getting out of hand. When Madame C.J. Walker invented the hot comb and relaxer, I don’t think she intended to create a separation within the races. I think she was simply trying to help a sister out. She was helping African American women grow and maintain healthy hair. If your hair is healthy that is all that should matter. At the end of the day it is just hair.
As black women, we can relate to one another when it comes to the struggles of our hair. So why not console one another instead of destroy each other? Why are so many sisters losing their hair trying to maintain an impossible standard of beauty? Your hair is your glory and not your enemy. Do not become a slave to it. Ladies, remember whether you wear wigs, weaves, afros, dreadlocks, straight hair, blonde hair, or you’re struggling, experimenting, or have no hair, it’s your hair.
I’m Just Saying