Saks Fifth Avenue hosts a private cocktail to celebrate SaksFirst, New York, America - 31 Jan 2013

Solange Knowles attended the Saksfirst Opening event in NYC rocking a voluminous afro wig. What do you think of the look ladies?

Saks Fifth Avenue hosts a private cocktail to celebrate SaksFirst

Saks Fifth Avenue hosts a private cocktail to celebrate SaksFirst

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Cool to see a black woman wearing an afro wig instead of silky, straight weave! A lot of bw wouldn’t even wear this texture wig, which resembles most of our natural texture, yet you guys criticize her. She wears her own afro many times. What? A woman can’t switch things up sometimes? Damned if you do, damned if ya damn don’t. Some of you are too critical. smh


I absolutely love Solange and anything she “decides” to wear. In America we are very harsh in our idea of “Black Beauty”, whether wearing wigs or extensions it is hard on Black women. I think because we really are the epitome of what Beauty is and when we walk into the room, we Must be that Black Beauty. Solange is a woman forcibly through her music, art and “hair”, we should always embrace positivity.
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I love it and Solange! I think it is so cool that she did not fade in Beyonce’s shadow. She is unique and her personal style shows just that!


Solange has never disappointed me yet. She is young and fresh and I love that she’s repping natural hair, whether it is a wig or her own hair.


Forget the wig, her legs and figure look great! Makes me want to dust off my exercise DVD’s.


I really don’t consider that an afro; just poofy hair. Angela Davis had an Afro.


Solange can do no wrong in my eyes. Fake natural hair or not, she’s totally owning the look and that’s all that matters


love, love, love the hair. She looks very beautiful.


That’s cool. I wonder why she didn’t use her own? I’m not bagging on her its just a question. Either way it looks great on her.


Well I don’t blame her for not having her real hair out. I remember a while ago some people in the natural hair community gave her h*ll for not having moist defined curls. Its hard to be yourself when people judge you harshly.


She probably just didn’t feel like it, like u don’t feel like wearing a wig, same thing just a personal choice

I. LOVE. SOLANGE. I would do this wig if I could find one. Hair has always been an accessory but I agree with both JenniD and Stacy. Yes I think wigs and weaves are a little played out BUT people have been wearing wigs forEVER. If it looks good, it looks good. However, some people just don’t like them. It is a preference. Also the term “natural nazi” is also played out. The word Nazi is way too intense to be used so flippantly IMHO. We all know what people mean when they say natural. It means without chemicals or… Read more »

I take that back, comments above prompted me to use the term “natural nazis” but I realise how disrespectful that term is. I read it somewhere and re-used it stupidly. Nazi has such a deep historical connotation that it shouldn’t be used in such manner. Apologies.

Ugonna Wosu

nice,I just don’t understand why we rarely see her own hair. Especially since its also natural anyway


She wants to protect it, I have seen plenty of pics with her real hair further more if she never wants to show her real hair it’s her purgative. Why should u care u rock ur hair so u should be happy, why does she need to rock her real hair for u, is it to make u feel better, she can do what she wants she grown for heaven sake

Miss Elisa K.

I LOVE it.


She has a very unique look and it’s OBVIOUS she sees hair as just another accessory. I think it’s cool and it’s Solange changing up her style and doing her own thing but she has just really refined it. I’m around hipsters, black alt kids, artists, so this is nothing outrageous to me. It’s just someone expressing themselves through their style from head to toe.

She doesn’t have a narrow scope of “acceptable” hair styles like most women do.

Amma Mama

Solange could rock a potato sack and a bucket on her head.
She can do no wrong.


@stacy,couldn have said it better myself…in the end,its all just hair,and the world would be a much happier place if we all just stopped criticising others over what they decide to do with it

It’s just hair come on! If she had worn a long straight weave you would of criticised her for trying to be white. Now that she has a fake afro ya’ll crticising her for wearing hair that isn’t hers. I remember being told why don’t black women wear fake natural hair, why do they wear fake caucasian looking hair. Now that she has done something like that it’s still an issue. Ya’ll need to stop and realise that AT THE END OF THE DAY it’s a hairstyle. Shoot maybe I would want to wear a wig like that while waiting… Read more »
The moment you tell another black woman that you don’t care for fake hair they get so upset! WHY IS THAT????? Black women act like you cursed out they ma ma lol. Nothing wrong with wigs and weaves but to me they are played out and done to death. Its become some weird new normal for black hair care and style. Heck many of us substitute wigs and weave for hair care and style. That is unfortunate because it does say something about US. And its not positive believe me. Also the ugly side of wigs and weaves in our… Read more »

I’m glad someone is honest enough to admit she hates fake hair because I do too! Fake hair usually looks fake and not every woman sporting a weave looks good in it. Wearing fake hair tells me how insecure that woman is about her hair and that she believes the only way to look good or feel good about herself is to pretend to have what she doesn’t have: long hair. And in the end, that only makes her seem pathetic.

Actually you’re are so off the bandwagon. Not every black woman that wears fake hair is bald headed some just like it for the look. I would never color my real hair it’d damage it nor would I ever cut my hair to have bangs but I can do both with weave and change it up a bit. My hair is 16 inches long naturally and comes to the middle of my back. It’s thick and healthy not damaged and I wear sew-ins 10-11 months out of the year. It’s convenient. So before you talk please know what you’re talking… Read more »
@Toria In reference to this statement: “Wearing fake hair tells me how insecure that woman is about her hair and that she believes the only way to look good or feel good about herself is to pretend to have what she doesn’t have: long hair. And in the end, that only makes her seem pathetic.” Don’t you think natural black women who color their hair are also insecure and pathetic? The color isn’t their real natural hair color. Where do we draw the line on what a black woman should do to her hair and what she shouldn’t? I have… Read more »

So a black woman with colored hair is pathetic and insecure but Caucasian women color their hair all the time so are they pathetic and insecure and are denying their ”natural” hair?! I’m sorry but there’s a time where you have to realize that at the end of the day like Stacy said above, it’s just hair and it’s not that serious really.

I’d just like to offer a harsh reality check. I love Solange’s fierce look but not everyone else does. I was just on a more mainstream website a couple of days ago – mainstream meaning there were men and women, Blacks and non-Blacks posting comments as judged by photos attached to their screen names under a news article. The article was about Solange’s red carpet Grammy look: emerald green gown, matching emerald ring, and her “big Afro or tight curls,” as the reporter described her hair. The article seemed positive and like this article does, the writer invited public opinion.… Read more »
I hear you! No one is getting upset about not caring for fake hair, well for me at least. It just seems to me that no matter what, there is this negative cloud which surrounds black women and their hair. I think THAT is played out. To me it’s a hairstyle and does not define you as a person or your morals. I simply believe it is unecessay (sometimes) to read too much in a person’s choice in wearing their hair. But yeah I hear you, I understand not being hyped about fake hair because it’s.. well, fake (lol). I… Read more »

People can’t have an opinion on here now without the minus brigade showing up. No wonder there are a lot less people participating in the comments. I used to read this site all the time but since the change I just stop by occasionally to read the stories of the style icons.


Love it Dominika!


Hi Lela it’s called la jaz half wig by vanessa I got it fro black


I totally agree there is nothing wrong whith wearing wigs. It seems like if you have natural hair you must wear your hair as is period or it means xyz. Your only on the earth once enjoy switching it up while you still can.


I like fro wigs, but in Solanges case; idk, it looks a little fake. i have worn a fro wig before for a photoshoot, i like them as long as they look real.


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I think we all experiment when we get a little bored with our hair, the wig looks good, and it looks like natural hair so there really are no rude comment necessary btw you aren’t allowed to tell anybody what to do with their hair and the woman is already ostracized in the for her beautifully natural locks let’s not do it on a natural website


I’m pretty shocked at some of the small minded comments. What some people fail to understand is that just because they hold a particular opinion, that opinion isn’t necessarily the same opinion of everyone else.
My opinion: It’s. Just. Hair.


Wigs are sooooo much fun and she looks great! I didn’t want to color my natural hair so I got a colouful half wig you can’t even can even deep condition under a wig. When I wanna wear my hair long and curly or long and straight for my man I can, if I wanna wear it short and sassy I can whogoncheckmeboo ????? Wearing a wig is not selling out! It’s having fun with style and beauty! Live a little you won’t always be young to wear outrageous hair and miniskirts!
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Yes Please! First one!


Hey Thankyou! Curlies ..:) its called La Jaz half wig by vanessa got it from black hairspray. it will show the color on the first pic.


Roshawn this is amazing. I’ve been looking for a wig like the first one. Where did you find it? Please help a sista out!!!



Absolutely love the looks! Where did you get the 1st one from?

Tiff Dizzle

I always thought the purpose of wearing wigs n weaves is to make it look like your natural texture? All that “blending” we do as ladies to make our natural hair blend into that yaki #5 why not have a piece were u don’t have to process ya hair to blend it in… I’ve been wearing textured half wigs for years never having to use heat to blend my hair in. Everyone knows I don’t have18in silky Brazilian hair so why get a hair piece like that? N e ways I like it… N I’d prob wear it to.


I’ve always always hated the straight/wavy wigs personally and gravitated towards the really curly ones. They frizz up too much and I’m sooo much more interested in kinkier wigs. I’m about to try some of the finger bomber wigs.


I don’t like it. She seems like a phony, but she is famous so it doesn’t matter what we think.




I like it:)


I will always love Solange, I think her hair looks great!

bint alshamsa

I LOVE IT! It looks great, regardless of origin.


I love her hair, she’s owning it and the whole outfit works well. There’s nothing wrong with wearing wigs, extensions, ect over natural hair…people go natural for various reasons..many due to wanting to go chemical free so to each his own!

Ugonna Wosu

I don’t think there’s anything “wrong” with it, I just feel like we almost never see her own hair. Especially when its natural like her wigs!


I totally agree there is nothing wrong whith wearing wigs. It seems like if you have natural hair you must wear your hair as is period or it means xyz. Your only on the earth once enjoy switching it up while you still can.


It reminds me of that time on Soul Train when Don Cornelius says, “Nice wig,” and pats the young man’s fake afro.


I’m a fan of this look! I think it’s fine to add in extensions or rock a wig like Sol-angel did! Cute.


I like the fact that now she rocks some hair that mimic hers. Her wigs are fly and I approve it 🙂


I love this. Blue looks good on her.


I’ll never understand the point of being “natural” if you’re just gonna wear hair that isn’t yours.

In Solange’s case, it’s good ol’ fashion exploitation. She is thoroughly milking the natural hair movement/trend and playing the rebel in the media because this is her pathway to FAME. She successfully found a way to step out of her big sister’s shadow by finding a lane B won’t step into (i.e., natural hair, outspoken, Sapphire with a Jezebel twist) They were written different roles in the game. The entertainment industry = SMOKES & MIRRORS. Critique aside, it’s still great to see afro-textured hair worn by her. We can enjoy having our curl pattern in the spotlight, no matter what… Read more »
Ok, for one Solange has been natural before it was a “movement” and she has already spoken out about being a “natural hair guru” that’s been put on a pedestal by OTHERS. To her, like she has stated, it’s just HAIR. Why do SOME black women equate being natural to being all seeing and knowing? It’s really NOT that serious. When people make comments about a WIG or weave that can easily be removed it takes the joy out being natural. Once again one is being told their not good enough or not completely something because of something. Why all… Read more »
Grey Poupon

You mean during her and Bey’s soul sista number 1 days when neo R&B was hot? You mean before Bey and her camp realized people weren’t checking for her neo look anymore and got herself a Brazilian lacefront? You talkin’ ’bout that time, dearie?

Grey Poupon
Solange switched her style when Amy Winehouse popped. As for neo Bey, I’m going to have to refer you to her 2002 interview with Vibe mag where she was painted as a hippie chick who had stopped relaxing her hair and vowed to never wear heavy makeup. Then she released one of my favorites “Work It Out” and it flopped. So what did they do? Went back to the drawling board, got her a yaki and some booty shorts and the rest is history. She originally wanted her sound to be more soul than traditional R&B but Work It Out… Read more »

Lol you must not be a. Beyonce fan cause Beyonce was NEVER neo r&b. and Solange has honestly been doing the same kind of music since like 08. People do have a right to switch they style or image up. The core point of my comment was… WHY DOES ANYONE CARE?

Grey Poupon

Girl, you better testify early this morning! LOL!


I totally agree. But don’t even try making sense girl, some people on this site are obsessed with wearing some else’s hair and go to great lengths to justify it too.

Didn’t you know, as long as white people do it too it’s all good. /sarcasm

OT: I’m not feeling the look at all. It’s funny actually that people can swoon over something that is fake.


different people have thier reasons for going “natural”..if she wants to wear a wig i dont think there is anything wrong..its thesame way white girls wear extensions


Can we stop with the whole ‘white girls do it too song and dance?’