Zahara Jolie-Pitt was recently photographed in Las Vegas rocking braid extensions instead of her usual free-form wash-n-go. The six year old adopted daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt became the poster child for childhood black hair norms in 2009, when Angelina was accused of misunderstanding black hair and not keeping Zahara’s mane “tame” enough. These claims sparked a debate over the extent to which we accept the natural curls of our little girls and the responsibility of parents to instill confidence in their children, be it through assimilation or self-acceptance.

Some people are already pleased that Zahara’s hair has been put in less wild style than in the past, while others are concerned that six years old is way too young for a child to have synthetic hair extensions. Whatever the hair police say about Angelina’s ability to properly care for Zahara’s hair, the young lady herself seems to be thriving.

View more pictures of Zahara’s look over the years here.

What do you think?


  • African Mami

    @ TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    Girllllll our Ethiopian princess looks RIDIC with hair flying all over the place. Sometimes it is in America, all over sudden it does a transit in Ethiopia via Amsterdam…..uh uh! We can’t have dat!!! No ma’m.

  • PeoplePleaseGetOverItAlready

    People really need to shut the______Up! I honestly feel people always want a reason to be OUTRAGED! At least the little girls hair was styled and she was healthy & clean. There is nothing wrong with hair extensions. I am sure 99% of those who comment here have or are wearing hair extensions in their hair. No body really knows what Angelina is doing with her children let alone what she is doing with their hair. I personally feel like the natural hair community is seriously runny out of things to say, to teach, to demonstrate and so forth because everyone and their momma is blogging, creating video’s and so forth. WHO CARES IF YOU ARE DISAPPOINTED! WHO THE HELL ARE YOU? #Danm Natural Hair Amateurs….Ooopps I mean Experts. ~shrug shoulders

  • Michelle

    Are we positive these are extensions? My daughter is from Ethiopia, and has similar texture to Zahara. When her hair is worn free in an afro it is only 1-1/2 – 2″ long, but when I do braids, it reaches down to her shoulders. Maybe they are just well-oiled braids?

    I think both styles look nice on Zahara, she is a beautiful child. As for Angelina, I personally keep my daughter’s hair more ‘styled’ than she, and if I had the money it would be professionally styled. But if you look at her other children, they all seem to have an unkept, ‘wild’ look. Seems to be a more ‘free-spirited’ mindset in their unconventional family. I feel bad for her, she’s darned if she does, and darned if she don’t.

  • Ayden Renwick

    Fantastic blog article.Much thanks again. Will read on…

  • peterjems

    I believe good hair is hair that can be style in any way, shape, or form. It doesn’t need a curling iron, flat iron,or a perm (of any kind). Let me put it to you this way, He’s looking for a bald woman. After all, bald is so quite.

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