Solange Knowles has always embraced her own brand of style and beauty. So it was no surprise when her wedding attire and hairstyle effortlessly went against the norm. Most agree that she looked stunning, and her caped pantsuit ensemble will undoubtedly inspire brides for years to come.
But of course the hair debate continues in full force as readers on fashion blogs and websites were split on whether or not her tresses lived up to expectations. Some praised her ability to rock a healthy Afro while others dismissed her choice and pummeled her for not making the effort to present a neater more polished look.
A piece about Solange’s bridal ‘fro was recently featured in Huffington Post’s Black Voices, and the author depicted what she saw when she stumbled upon a forum on Harper’s Bazaar. The comment section was bloated with suggestions for the newlywed to “brush that hair”, and even Blue Ivy wasn’t spared, everything from “ugly” to “bad hair” was thrown at the toddler.
Those defending the natural look included white women who made it their mission to reference words like “unique” and “edgy” which doesn’t do much to minimize the complications associated with natural hair. The idea of wearing your mane in its natural state shouldn’t be regarded as a rebellious choice or even a brave one.
Anything that deviates from the European standard of beauty is immediately categorized as “different” because it goes against what is globally accepted as the norm.
This level of ignorance will always exist as long as we continue to funnel the idea that natural hair is a trend or state of being when it should be embraced in the same manner that straight blonde hair is accommodated. It is simply what grows out of the head of people of certain ethnic persuasions. It isn’t supposed to evoke any political or analytical explorations. But the encouragement against this way of thinking has to begin and end with the Black community.