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Since Beyonce’s pix­ie cut reveal, some have won­dered whether it tru­ly was a big chop, or just a new style of wig. Now Beyonce’s hair styl­ist and col­orist are com­ing for­ward to con­firm that it was, indeed a chop, and to give their thoughts on her new look.

Beyonce’s long time styl­ist Kim Kim­ble, told Peo­ple Style­Watch that it was dif­fi­cult to cut the singer’s hair

I got a lit­tle teary eyed! I’ve been work­ing for her so long, she has this beau­ti­ful long hair and it’s hard to grow hair out. I feel like it’s my hair, I work so much with her. I feel a lit­tle emo­tion­al but excit­ed for her too. Maybe I’ll cut my hair off now. Short hair, don’t care!

She had great, thick long hair, which she cut off because she’s ready to make a state­ment. It’s a great [one] to make: I’m beau­ti­ful, Hot, bold and I can do it all. She’s the per­fect mod­el for that: A work­ing woman, mom, super­star, busi­ness­woman. She’s pow­er­ful in her­self.

It had to be her deci­sion. This was a big step, and it’s per­fect tim­ing…

Beyonce’s col­orist, Rita Hazen, told US Week­ly that Bey­once was tired of hid­ing behind her hair

I was shocked. I think she was just feel­ing empow­ered, like a strong woman, and she said she’s been feel­ing it for a long time.

She didn’t want to hide behind her hair in real life. I’m so hap­py because the exten­sions give women the wrong expec­ta­tion of what their hair should look like — it’s great for onstage, but every­day women shouldn’t have or want to have five pounds of hair on their head, This hair is more nat­ur­al, more real­is­tic.

Kudos to Bey­once for just let­ting the hair go. It sounds like, emo­tion­al­ly, she need­ed that release to move for­ward. I won­der if she was par­tial­ly inspired by see­ing her lit­tle sis do the big chop years ear­li­er.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on the styl­ists’ state­ments?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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Ebony Chocolat

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She’ll prob­a­bly go black it’s hard to col­or and relax. Too many chem­i­cals

I think the hair police and hair nazis should take a nap. Because I’m not Beyonce’s styl­ist, I’m not sure what the sta­tus of her hair is. If I had to guess, I would say she doesn’t relax her hair. Why would she??!? Her hair is gen­er­al­ly cov­ered by weaves, wigs.… Lift­ing to that col­or has sure­ly affect­ed her hair tex­ture, if her styl­ist K. Kim­ble has said Bey “had great, long, thick hair” it sug­gest to me that her hair was healthy and pos­si­bly nat­ur­al. *** waits for nazis to gath­er their hate­ful thoughts togeth­er*** Whether ANY woman’s hair… Read more »
Facts out weigh feel­ings and opin­ions. Call it hair police and hair nazi or what­ev­er you want. It doesn’t make the truth go away. Some­thing about some­one pulling beyonce’s card is mak­ing you feel uncom­fort­able. You’re try­ing to defend a chick who is indi­rect­ly agree­ing with a Euro­pean stan­dard of beau­ty which makes your hair infe­ri­or. Peo­ple who embrace their hair are call­ing out the tom fool­ery are not the ones with the prob­lem. Relax­ing your hair and dying your hair blond is not your own indi­vid­ual style if it does not look like you. When a black woman does… Read more »
Gold­en78 AUGUST 11, 2013 AT 10:27 PM And the TRUTH is, it’s her hair to do with what­ev­er she pleas­es! Just like that of my own and that which you have. The TRUTH is I get no sat­is­fac­tion in mak­ing hurt­ful accu­sa­tions about peo­ple I do, or do not know. So no, noth­ing that some ran­dom per­son on a kinky, coily, curly hair soap box can say can ever make me uncom­fort­able, but thanks for the thought ;-) I just want women to encour­age and sup­port one anoth­er, not attempt to rip each oth­er to pieces! Since we are spew­ing facts….… Read more »
Bey­once gets her hair cut like a white game show host from the 80’s and I’m using Willie Lynch divi­sive behav­ior??? lol #you­cantbe­se­ri­ous. You should real­ly think before you start typ­ing sista because what you just said made absolute­ly 0 sense. I’m not using Willie Lynch divi­sive behav­ior. The peo­ple that this woman works for are using Willie Lynch divi­sive behav­ior. Under­stand the round about way to tell a black woman she’s not good enough or she doesn’t meet some­one else’s stan­dard of beau­ty is to take anoth­er black woman make her famous but have her look like some­one she’s… Read more »
Past tired actu­al­ly! I think we will agree to dis­agree… And that’s fine with me. You will nev­er get my point because you can’t see beyond your own opin­ion. At the end of the day, no mat­ter if a woman of col­or adds weave, blond hair, blue con­tact lens­es… She will still be BLACK! The world will rec­og­nize her as black, she will see her­self as black. Yes I do think the indus­try impos­es its ideas of beau­ty and I also under­stand that the machine puts in beau­ti­ful tal­ent­ed black women and churns out booty shak­ing, glam­or­ized ideas of false… Read more »
What else is her styl­ist going to say-“her hair was dam­aged from wigs/weave”-she would buck the weave indus­try and pos­si­bly lose her hair col­or endorse­ment. And you can’t assume B was nat­ur­al just because most oth­er women are nat­ur­al under a wig or weave. She prob­a­bly col­ored and permed her edges to blend. My point-dont believe every thing you read! B may have want­ed to make a dras­tic change BUT she could have big chopped because she had dam­age. It happens/happened to many of us. And just because she has mon­ey and can afford the best styl­ist- at the end… Read more »

#TRUTH! I mean look at Nao­mi Camp­bell and her hair. It has been dam­aged by weaves.

I’m a fan of B-main­ly because of her work eth­ic! And it was a brave move to cut. But on anoth­er note- her styl­ist said she had “long thick hair” or some­thing like that. My ques­tion is- why didn’t B just remove the wig/weave and just rock her “long thick hair”? I mean since she’s been wear­ing a weave so long her hair must be close to waist length- right? I real­ly won­der if B’s hair was long and thick or if there was a lot of dam­age due to the wig/weaves for so many years? I’ve seen pics through­out… Read more »
Adrianne M.
“She had great, thick long hair, which she cut off because she’s ready to make a state­ment. It’s a great [one] to make: I’m beau­ti­ful, Hot, bold and I can do it all. She’s the per­fect mod­el for that: A work­ing woman, mom, super­star, busi­ness­woman. She’s pow­er­ful in her­self.” Ready to make a state­ment? Now if Bey­once grew out her nat­ur­al hair, being as famous as she is, that would tru­ly be a state­ment worth admir­ing. Note that her styl­ist (and every­one in Beyonce’s camp) avoid refer­ring to her as a BLACK woman or a woman of COLOR. Very sub­tle,… Read more »
Great point about @ “Note that her styl­ist (and every­one in Beyonce’s camp) avoid refer­ring to her as a BLACK woman or a woman of COLOR. Very sub­tle, but strate­gic none the less. Feels like they are using the lan­guage of the nat­ur­al hair move­ment, but avoid­ing the kinky haired ele­phant in the room. I’m not impressed.” My thoughts exact­ly! The way peo­ple are act­ing over Bey’s hair­cut, you’d thought she found a cure for can­cer or some­thing. What’s the big damn deal, peo­ple cut their hair every­day, and like some­one said, this IS NOT a big chop. Alert the… Read more »
It makes me real­ly sad to see soooooo many women be so crit­i­cal of one anoth­er. Cut­ting one’s hair whether relaxed or “nat­ur­al” is HUGE. I know…I’ve done both. Bey hasn’t had this hair for a GOOD 72hours…let her live, love and play…anyone who’s had their hair cut like this knows that this style has lim­it­less oppor­tu­ni­ties and poten­tial. I think it’s so awe­some that she has final­ly decid­ed to do some­thing new and out the box after YEARS of weave and lace. I for one am look­ing for­ward to what comes of this. Also most peo­ple who go this… Read more »

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Stan, lis­ten, no one is call­ing Bey­once a hor­ri­ble per­son or any­thing. We are crit­i­ciz­ing and debat­ing her choice in hair­style. She is famous, she makes mil­lions. It’s impos­si­ble to be famous with­out peo­ple talk­ing about you. We’re actu­al­ly help­ing your girl, Bey. You should thank us.

Your wel­come.


Call me when she’s sport­ing a short nap­py fro’, this isn’t news.

I like the empha­sis on her hav­ing long real hair LOL PICS OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN!


Blond hair on black women enter­tain­er or not looks unre­al­is­tic. Shes a beau­ti­ful sista but nei­ther bey­once or the media set the stan­dard of beau­ty for me. You will always be chas­ing some­thing that doesn’t look like you. And who said it was worth chas­ing to begin with. There is noth­ing like rock­ing your own hair with your own tex­ture peri­od the end. Her hair is just a short­er ver­sion of hair that doesn’t look like her own hair.…. Its not beau­ti­ful fierce or glam­ours. It screams “My hair is still not good enough”… Come into the light bey­once…




That fan inci­dent scared the crap out of her.


Oooooooh you know what would be beau­ti­ful on Bey? Any­body remem­ber that show love and hip hop? Now the chick with the short hair cut, Mimi’s friend who want­ed her and KMichell to make up- if Bey did some­thing like that, a more of a feath­ered face fram­ing look witha choco­late brown base and blonde high­lights- she’s be gor­geous. This col­or just wash­es her out IMO.


Long hair, short hair, no hair, what­ev­er! She is still beau­ti­ful and tal­ent­ed! As a woman, it is seen as an act to brav­ery to cut your hair whether it is relaxed or nat­ur­al. Gen­der roles and norms dic­tate that our hair should be long and flow­ing. Any woman who does the oppo­site is going against the grain. Either way she slays and I got my LIFE at her con­cert!


I think it had some­thing to do with that fan. Glad she cut it. All that zit was get­tin played out!


I love Bey but I am not a fan of the cut.


I don’t think Beyonce’s immune from the feel­ings a lot of women get when it comes to weave — hard to part from it, feel­ing not as attrac­tive with­out it, wish­ing your real hair imi­tat­ed it etc. So I think the rea­sons behind it are gen­uine.

She is a huge celebri­ty, so pub­lic­i­ty will involved, but I don’t think that’s delib­er­ate, but a bonus for her. At her sta­tus, EVERYTHING she does is a big deal, so it doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence why she did it — the pub­lic­i­ty would still be there!


I read an inter­est­ing article-can’t remem­ber the title but it should be Google-able-where some­one point­ed out that when Beyonce’s sis­ter did the very same thing, a big chop, first, she got so many neg­a­tive reac­tions, and now folks are say­ing it’s such a great thing now that Bey­once is doing it. I think after she got her weave, lace front or what­ev­er caught in that fan she decid­ed it was time for a change, that’s all. Per­son­al­ly I like Solange’s big chop bet­ter.


I don’t real­ly care for either of the Knowles girls big chop. Short fro hair doesn’t look good on every­body and nei­ther does blond pix­ie chops either.
Now when Solange extend­ed her Fro- that was hot. I just did­nt like it short- on her.


Fur­ther­more, I think it’s real­ly hyp­o­crit­i­cal for some peo­ple to say its ‘just hair’ why is it a big deal. The same feel­ings of fear we had when we big chopped, is prob­a­bly the same thing she was feel­ing (even if it isn’t a nat­ur­al big chop).…. Except she is a world renowned artist known for her looks, body image, hair com­pa­ny con­tracts.

Just like we have seen plen­ty of old­er ladies final­ly big chop after decades of hav­ing a dif­fer­ent mind­set maybe she just feels more free now to switch it up.

Briana Hicks

Again, +1. Espe­cial­ly since this whole dra­ma exists on a web­site ded­i­cat­ed to hair.


Cri­tiquing someone’s inten­tions does not equate to hypocrisy.


Yes it does sweet­heart. Whose life do you know ? Whose edges do you know?Whose inten­tions do you know ? No ones but your­self.

It’s wrong for you to say her inten­tions are wrong when she her­self has not said any­thing these are the state­ments of her hair dress­er.


I believe Bey­once has so much more to yet show the world. Her beau­ty is more than skin (or scalp) deep.
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Why does she have to be seek­ing atten­tion or a PR stunt ? She is just post­ing a pic­ture of her hair­cut like any­body else would do.

When she’s pri­vate y’all say she is too pri­vate and not real. When she opens up she’s cal­cu­lat­ed -_–

I’m hap­py for her and that she’s tak­ing some steps to change up her look. Maybe slow­ly and sure­ly she’ll switch it up more.


@Julie: “She is just post­ing a pic­ture of her hair­cut like any­body else would do.”

Come on, lol. She’s Bey­once. She’s long past doing things “any­body else would do.” She knows exact­ly what she is doing. She admit­ted years ago that she wants to be a glob­al icon, like Michael Jack­son. She’ll do what it takes to stay rel­e­vant. But noth­ing lasts for­ev­er in the indus­try.

Briana Hicks

I post a pic­ture of my new lip­stick shade on Insta­gram, that’s not atten­tion-seek­ing, that’s social media.


So they just real­ized her weave set unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions?.. Hon­est­ly, does any­body remem­ber that few years ago Queen Bey was the Queen of hum­ble, mod­est, & pri­vate?? Now, she needs to Insta­gram a hair cut!!! Black women have been rock­ing this style for years! If she is happy…great, but don’t try to turn it into a deep thing. Atten­tion seek­ing much??? PR? declin­ing record sales? Oh well, maybe it will result in few­er weave sales & women being indi­vid­u­als again, instead of a bunch of clones. every­body looks the same!!! Time will tell.

I tink every­body goes through dras­tic changes at times. We all get fed up of the same thing all the time and you just long for a change. Yes she is known for hav­ing long hair so is ali­cia keys. As a woman you take all sorts of chances with your hair. It would be a big deal for the per­son that the trans­for­ma­tion is hap­pen­ing to.But at the end of the day she is human it’s just hair it grows back noth­ing empow­er­ing about it for me cause I rocked a boy­cut myself and at that time india arie… Read more »

Call me cyn­i­cal but I think it was more of a cal­cu­lat­ed PR stunt. *shrugs*


PR stunt? Have you heard what they’re say­ing about her on Twit­ter? Lmao If this was a PR Stunt it was a seri­ous mis­fire.

I don’t get why it’s such a huge deal, though. She’s not the first black woman to cut her hair or remove her weave. She’s still got straight, blonde hair and while cut­ting it short is some state­ment about fit­ting cer­tain beau­ty norms maybe, it’s def­i­nite­ly not nat­ur­al so I don’t think it’s the huge nat­ur­al empow­er­ment thing some peo­ple are mak­ing it out to be. Not to be just a par­ty poop­er because it does take some brav­ery to buck tra­di­tion­al appear­ance norms when you’re in the media, but as a nat­ur­al I don’t feel inspired by this because… Read more »
maybe for Bey­once it was a brave thing to do. She has been known for her hair( lace front wigs, weaves etc.) almost as much as for her singing, and to break from that, i’m sure for her that took real courage. It’s mak­ing news because she’s Bey­once. I am nev­er one to tell some­one that a sit­u­a­tion is not that seri­ous because you nev­er know where a per­son finds them­selves in life, where­as the next thing that hap­pens to them or for them could be the final straw and they need to make a dras­tic change in their lives.… Read more »
Hi danielle! I’m not say­ing that I know any­thing about her inten­tions and I did say that it takes brav­ery to be dif­fer­ent when you’re in the media. Cut­ting off long hair always gar­ners a lot of atten­tion and you need to be brave to face the crit­i­cism that often comes with it. I just mean that she did noth­ing but post the pho­tos, and every­one is read­ing way into it. I also nev­er said “it’s just hair” or that she should be nat­ur­al in my com­ment. Hair is a big part of image and how you present your­self to… Read more »

Hey Sophie, I hap­pen to stum­ble on to this site pur­ley by acci­dent. while get­ting some oth­er infor­ma­tion I came upon this arti­cle. Scrolling through the com­ments and read­ing yours real­ly struck a chord and I appre­ci­ate the con­ver­sa­tion. Thanks alot.


Bey­once has got­ten to a point in the indus­try where she can do what­ev­er she wants to do with any part of her body. She will still get paid loads of mon­ey in spite of the hair­cut because she is “Bey”. This would not have been pos­si­ble if she were just start­ing out. I do not see her as “brave” for doing this, but it must be a huge relief for her to be able to wear her hair the way she wants.


It’s hard to ignore that every move she’s ever made has been to fur­ther her career. 

I’d bet a Power­ball win­ning tick­et that she’ll start giv­ing inter­views on how “empow­ered” she feels and how she “feels like a new per­son.” Which trans­lates to: “hey I know my last sin­gles were scrapped, but now, I’m total­ly dif­fer­ent now. Please make me num­ber one again.” 

Oh, but she won’t do this until she and her team thor­ough­ly scope the web to see if her hair­cut has been received well. #Nar­cis­sistsStayRel­e­vant


You respond­ed beau­ti­ful­ly!!! Yes, it may look small to some peo­ple but to her it may a great thing.


This is the best response by far. I am nat­ur­al and I don’t every­one should be nat­ur­al. Wear your hair how ever you feel com­fort­able.

Miss T

A permy, bleached big chop, no thanks. I am nat­ur­al and I approve this mes­sage…

Best thing “she’s ready to make a state­ment. It’s a great [one] to make: I’m beau­ti­ful, Hot, bold and I can do it all. She’s the per­fect mod­el for that: A work­ing woman, mom, super­star, busi­ness­woman. She’s pow­er­ful in her­self.” LOOOOOOOOOOOOL and thats the rea­son why we should all “bow down” LOL. I just cant. They are real­ly act­ing like she is sav­ing lifes now, because of her cut. Thanks god for peo­ple like Halle Berry who just cut­ted her hair and kept it going. Peo­ple loved it or not, but at least Halle did­nt act like she had some… Read more »

I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with her short, straight hair. I’m per­son­al­ly not a Dan of women with col­or hav­ing blonde hair but remem­ber, she gets paid a crap load to keep that col­or in her hair.