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Did you tune into the first installment of “Fashion Queens” on Bravo yesterday evening? The three-episode series stars hairstylists Derek J and Miss Lawrence discussing all things fashion from “haute couture to global style trends,” moderated by style maven Bevy Smith. The talk show includes cleverly-titled segments like “Gag of The Week” and features shade-filled quips about everyone from Andre Leon Talley to Lady Gaga.

The kicker was when the topic of natural hair came up and Derek J voiced his disapproval. The hairstylist revealed he’s “not a fan of the natural hair movement” and declared “natural hair is not for everyone.” Does that mean he believes there are women out there that can’t wear their hair as God made it and have no other option but to resort to relaxers, wigs and weaves? It seems that way. Appearing to back his claim, Miss Lawrence advised women with natural hair to “check [their] density” before wearing an Afro.

Derek J continued his rant on social media, tweeting that “Natural Nazis” we’re going to give him “all types of havoc” for his comments. He then proceeded to share tweets from people that agreed with him.

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One of the tweets he shared cited women who look like “The Color Purple” as proof that Derek J’s comment was on point. But the problem is Derek J, and his supporters, can’t distinguish between a styling and maintenance issue versus a texture issue.

There are just as many women who can’t maintain or style their weaves properly; is Derek J not a fan of the weave moment for that reason as well? Clearly, his logic is inherently flawed.

He then related the backlash to racism, tweeting:

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Interesting. What’s your take on Derek’s comments, Clutchettes and Gents?

  • Jade

    I agree. Just flat out ignorant. I have been natural for 7 years, and I work in an office environment and I model part time. Natural hair does NOT equal laziness. I keep my hair clean, neatly groomed, and I get it trimmed regularly. And FYI, it is MORE work to deal with natural hair than relaxed hair. So relaxed hair=laziness because you don’t want to take the time to work with your own hair. So get it straight

  • Tsk tsk!

    Honey that is the negativity that the natural community does not need. Good on you for going back, because it sounds like you came into it for the wrong reasons and didn’t like what happened. You can’t go around shaming women who are natural for the pattern of curl or kink they have, calling it a mess. You MUST be talking about yourself. You can’t tell a woman what her texture should be, so she won’t “look a mess”. If you hate being natural just because others are joining, girlfriend you shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

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