The conundrum of how to best manage black hair has some intra-racial politics in play. Recently, a few black women initiated a petition demanding a good ole’ fashioned hair combing for Blue Ivy. The self-imposed hair council are not made up of elders from the family trees of Bae and Jay-Z. No, these are just black women who some say have (too much time on their hands). They are in uproar over the organic Afro Blue Ivy’s parents have deemed their hair-do of choice for their daughter.
I could let the popular culture celebrity tid-bit of today’s news go past me without getting involved, and instead focus on something more pressing, when it hits me: This does affect you and the thousands of sistas struggling with esteem issues over hair and skin-tone.
First, I disagree with the anyone stepping out of bounds to tell someone how to groom their child’s hair. Second, my feelings about the petition are in direct relation to my views on the point.
That being said, begs the question of self-love, specifically, for black women who have a problem seeing black hair in a natural state on a black baby. Natural hair represents freedom for some and down right rebellion (with negative overtones) for others.
Perhaps those concerned with seeing Blue Ivy without a host of balls, barrettes, and small black rubber bands pulling at her fine edges can recall the few minutes they were allowed to loose-out too-tight braids (and the feeling of air on your scalp) before a shampoo. Imagine feeling that all the time. To the naysayers: The feeling that accompanies hair that is shampooed, conditioned, oiled and combed through is what freedom feels and looks like for many on the natural hair care journey.
Allowing the scalp to breathe actually promotes hair growth.
To suggest that Beyonce and Jay-Z are neglectful as parents by letting Blue Ivy wear her crown free is simply put, silly and a waste of time.
Black hair and just what to do with it remains a concern for many people. Time and energy can be better spent by teaching workshops aimed at adolescent girls with techniques for proper hair care and making gift bags with hair products available for successful students. A better idea than throwing shade at parents who are in agreement over selected hair styles for their children is to help those who don’t have the guidance. Perhaps spending time to write letters asking hair companies to donate products for community based hair care initiatives instead of penning dead end petitions about Blue Ivy that are not going anywhere. Food for thought.