Oct 15, 2012

Natural Hair Rant: When to take your head wrap OFF!

I stumbled upon this pic of India Arie walking the red carpet of Black Girls Rock and it infuriated me. Yes, my life force was hit with a swift 1-2, and I felt super annoyed. Maybe I'm in an irritated mood, but damn... if you won't take your head wrap off to walk a red carpet, WHEN IN THE HELL WILL YOU? 

I totally understand running some errands or waiting for your hair to "set" while you're doing mundane things, but if you're going to a real event, doesn't that warrant ditching the wrap and showcasing your hair! What in THEE fuck. Who told her this was acceptable? This is a freaking red carpet.

If she was doing something daytime casual and rocking jeans and a cute tee, just maybe she could get away with not doing her hair... but she's wearing heels and a cocktail dress! Come on.... do better.

This also makes me think of people in general that wear their hair covered up in scarves, wraps, or God forbid that black satin bonnet in public at inappropriate times. For the love of God... just take it off and wear your hair out! Am I alone in my annoyance? lol...


likeitsgolden said...

Im more annoyed by the girls who go to the mall or out in public with doobie pins in their hair. You're out in public, If that isnt the time to let your hair down then when? I once had a waitress with doobie pins in. You're at work. Take the pins out.

Alycia said...

I believe "wrapped" hair should be adorned in the comfort of one's homes and not out in public! Let's not get started with the satin bonnetts! I just don't get it.

PerfectionIsOverrated said...

Like India said a long time ago "I am not my hair!" And besides scarves and wraps are currently a fashion trend. I would ABSOLUTELY shocked to see her with her natural hair exposed, or in braids or in anything but a wrap! That is very typical India.

Kirtan'Loving'Kaur said...

Thank you for this post. While I respect your right to have an opinion, I think this is horribly judgemental. What if she likes it? Why do you presume that she wears it just because she can't be bothered to do her hair? Why is her style 'wrong' to you? Why on Earth would you expect her to conform to society's norms?

I'm a devout Sikh woman who ties a turban every day, and I make sure it is especially big and beautiful when I leave the house or go to events.

For me, other than being an integral part of my religion (which is most important to me) I am attracted to tying a turban because it is how I express myself, it is my chosen mode of outward identity and frankly I love how it frames my face, makes me look tall and regal, and ties my outfits together.

I think India's head wrap definitely ties her outfit together. She obviously puts effort into making it match her outfit, and she doesn't wear a 'comfortable' style, but a neat, smart-looking, beautiful one which suits her perfectly.

You ought to be careful not to jump to conclusions. Headdresses look beautiful on any occasion when styled well. A woman may tie one as a part of her faith, spiritual reasons, cultural heritage, or even simply as a fashion statement... she clearly doesn't do it just to allow her 'hair to set' or whatever assumptions you have made.

Her headwear shouldn't upset you. Perhaps you need to stop obsessing over the way other women choose to present themselves... with all due respect, it isn't your place, nor mine, nor anyone else's.

Peace and love. x

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