4cHC Community member Evelyn From the Internets took to YouTube today to share her thoughts on the situation that is Blue Ivy’s hair. Telling viewers “Blue Ivy’s hair is worth more than my higher education!!”, Evelyn proceeded to share several reasons why negative nellies need to leave Blue and her kinky coils alone.
When will it stop?
All the discussion about Blue Ivy’s hairstyling, or lack thereof, is beginning to remind me of the cyber chatter from the black community about Gabrielle Douglas’ hair at the Olympics. The conversation is fruitless and unfortunate at best and further reinforces that in the Black Community (yes, black community because I don’t know one non-black person that doesn’t have biracial children who gives to feathers about Blue Ivy’s hair), the historical use of hair to stratify black people continues to have lingering consequences on our ability to see the beauty in our natural hair. What exactly is wrong with Blue Ivy’s hair looking dreaded??
Is having matted hair really a bad thing?
Those who are angry about Blue Ivy’s hair say she looks unkept. I’m just curious – is knowledge of free form locs uncommon? If the Carters are indeed allowing Blue Ivy’s hair to do what it wills, isn’t that result called Free Form Locs? Free From Locs are not unkept. The wearer washes their hair and scalp; they just don’t comb the hair. Is the problem in the eyes of those who are offended by Blue Ivy’s hair that she is too young for a locked/dreaded look? Are negative perceptions about dreads at the root of Ivy’s hair controversy? Matted hair is often equated with ‘bad hair’ or ‘ugly styles,’ but is matted hair really bad? Is a baby’s hair appearing to look dreaded truly cause for a petition? I’m still scratching my head at the fact that the controversial petition started by a “concerned” Brooklyn woman stated:
“The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.”
This petition has amassed over 4,000 signatures and looks to be on target to reach the 5,000 “needed” signatures *blank stare*…
Like Evelyn, I believe comments about Blue Ivy’s hair need to sunset. I do find it interesting that her “matted” looking hair has generated such an outcry.
We started discussing this subject earlier this week on the 4cHC Facebook page, but if Evelyn’s video or my mini rant has sparked some more thoughts for you on this subject, please share with me where you stand in the comments below.