We’ve already seen how the fashion world flipped nail art from being a ghetto black girl thing to enamel couture and we have a feeling wild-colored weaves are next on the list. Lauren Conrad (who has her own hair dipped in hot pink) and Coco Rocha, who showed up at the Met Gala in Givenchy and bright pink extensions, are hardly the first white girls to don hair not regularly occurring in nature. But there’s something totally different about Katy Perry rocking a neon green wig as part of her costume on stage and showing up to The Met like this. It says wild weave is not only in, it’s acceptable.
Reaction to Coco’s hair has been similar to what one might say to a punk rocker with a spiked red mane or blue tresses. It’s cool, fun, funky, even cute. But it’s not seen quite the same way when that girl is black. In that case it’s out of place, inappropriate, or tacky—unless that girl happens to be Nicki Minaj. We’ve all accepted she’s living in her own little style bubble. But it’s not even just the fashion industry as a whole who upholds those stereotypes, we question our own selves, asking why some of us can’t just leave the technicolor quickweaves alone. Kool-Aid and cotton-candy colored tresses have become the bane of our existence yet on someone a few shades lighter, the trend looks totally different.
What’s the difference between Coco and say an Azealia Banks who tends to go with a signature mane of purple locks? Epectations. When Coco hits the red carpet with bright pink locks it’s trendy, it’s a statement, and it’s temporary. When Azealia has a head full of of violet ombre colored tresses it’s thought that that’s the type of hair she’d probably wear anyway as an inner city black girl and so there’s nothing fashionable or shocking about it, which is why when this trend hits the mainstream it won’t be her face that’s associated it will be ones like Coco’s and Lauren’s. It’s a sad truth but we might as well get prepared for the oggling and fawning now, although it’s really nothing new to us. It will be just like any other discredited trendsetting day in the life of black women.