Solange Knowles has been clear that she doesn’t want to be viewed as a representative for natural hair. The singer first spoke out when critics slammed her hair type and styling, saying she’s “not like other 4C’s” and “needs a twistout.” The backlash prompted Solange to respond on Twitter: “I never painted myself as the team natural vice president.”

Immediately, folks pointed out that Solange’s statement is at odds with her role as a spokesperson for hair and beauty brand, Carol’s Daughter. And even that position had its detractors as people believed the company couldn’t champion diversity while employing three lighter-skinned women in its campaign.

Now, Solange has stepped away from it all. She tells Lurve Magazine she is no longer working with Carol’s Daughter, and it’s because they couldn’t see eye-to-eye on messaging: “I was constantly fighting for the right message to be heard. The message that the way we wear our hair is a personal choice, there’s no right or wrong way.”

Interesting.

She also admits that she did not know a lot about hair typing: “I really, truly was not even aware that there was a natural hair system in place to measure the texture of your hair. At that point I thought to myself, ‘This is really crazy. That these people know more about my hair than the human that even carries it!’ I went to my Twitter and sort of impulsively expressed that. I don’t regret it one bit, but sometimes trying to put how you feel in an one-hundred forty character structure is not really successful. […] I’m actually really trying to navigate my feelings on the entire hair issue and it’s tough doing that publicly.”

There are many naturals, and companies for that matter, that believe there’s a right way to wear natural hair. Looser curl patterns are put on a pedestal and products and style techniques are offered to achieve the look.

I think it’s brave that Solange doesn’t subscribe to that way of thinking, even if people don’t love the way she styles her hair. Afterall, like she says, it’s a personal choice.

Speak on it, Clutchettes and Gents: Do you agree that there’s not a right or wrong way to style natural hair?

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  • lulu

    this is all really vanity. think of what happens to you when you have chemo and your hair disappears. then what? you realize that you are not your hair and you will have to deal with it and move forward. it is a shame that the tribe mentality, though natural, is applied to the inconsequential since the beginning of time. let’s form a tribe about that which is real! people want to be “real” and “authentic” with natural hair. there is nothing inauthentic if the choices you are making for yourself are YOUR choices. we do not need a celebrity spokesperson for EVERY. LITTLE. THING. before twitter {and comment boards} we made decisions for ourselves and kept it moving. Solange is her own person. Let her be. People who wear weaves are their own persons. Let them be. Let people be. Be happy in your choice(s) and know that because another woman chooses something else for herself does not make your personal choice inferior. we all do not need outside validation to make our choices the better one. know thyself. carol’s daughter products do not work on my hair for anything under the sun! simple hair oil and water with a plain leave-in does the job. know what works. stop being envious and bad mind. quit the self-loathing.

    • Great response! Nobody needs to toe the line for anything regarding personal expression. Be yourself or be fake?

  • Ericka Lee

    I am natural myself. I’ve always heard people say you have good hair & I’ve often looked at the grade of other’s hair to define it; but, what does that really mean? What about jus saying you have healthy hair or your hair is damaged and we need to get it healthy. Everyone’s hair is their own definition of their personal beauty not someone else! Take care of yourself & your hair & be happy with it.