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Wendy Williams is the Latest Celebrity to Claim Her Natural Hair

• Aug 2, 2012

Is a tide turning? Wendy Williams is the latest in a string of black celebrities who’ve publicly claimed their natural tresses. Angela Simmons, rapper Lil Mama and reality star Toya Carter have all revealed that their hair is natural beneath weaves, with Angela and Lil Mama tweeting photos of healthy, large fros as evidence. Most recently Oprah Winfrey claimed that her hair is flat ironed and not relaxed (although this has come under scrutiny since Oprah’s long time stylist Andre Walker revealed that he does relax her hair on occasion.) And now Wendy Williams is claiming her natural hair, posting a picture of her 10-year-old self on Facebook with two long braids and the caption:

Wendy at 10-years-old sporting her ‘everyday look’. It was quick and easy to do on her own. “Here’s a little secret: Wendy has never had a perm.

Wendy’s proclamation might be a bit confusing to some, given her vocal criticism of Viola Davis’ short natural do at the 2012 Oscars. And perhaps it was just a response to Oprah’s “natural” O Magazine cover. But it seems that a tide is turning, and having your “own” hair is becoming a status symbol of sorts. It’s certainly not a full embrace of natural hair… but there seems to be a hierarchy forming where weaving by choice (while maintaining full, thick and healthy hair underneath) is perceived as ‘better than’ weaving by necessity because your own hair is damaged and broken. Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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amy
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wow based on her attitude and how demeaning she is, I would’ve thought she would be the last person to comment or have natural hair. But I would not be surprised if more celebs start to showcase their own hair. They wear weaves so much in this industry I forget that some of them may be growing their own hair underneath it all.

Landry
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I am with a talent agent and have worked on a couple of commercials and one television show. I have noticed that most of the time, the production team of whatever is being marketed be it a certain grocery store, or company, they want the characters to have a specific look. That is why many African-American actresses resort to wigs and weaves. The wear and tear of straightening and styling from day to day can completely damage the hair. I am a 9 month natural and I love babying my hair, I wash it and condition every week and I… Read more »
amy
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yea same here! I know that casting directors want a certain look so for that I would change my look. I wouldnt even think about allowing them to touch my real hair because unfortunately many only know how to style straight hair. So for some celebrities I know that they do not wear weaves because they dont like their own hair, but it is bc it is more convenient and with their busy schedules they do not have enough time alotted to pay attention to their own hair at all times.

Barbara
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Que???? 90 percent of commercials (no exaggeration) feature black women with natural hair and have for years. I’ve noticed this way before going natural too and the looks range from TWA to ‘from to braid outs to loose curls.

amy
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90%? I beg to differ, but I am not saying that ALLL casting directors REQUIRE the straight hair but most of them do. But it doesnt only stop at natural or straight hair. If they are looking for a male a female, red head, blonde, brunette, gray, whatever then that is who they cast or they change the person’s look to play the role. For example the show Hannah Montana. Hannah wore the blonde wig but Miley wore her natural brown hair. Again it is just to match the part you are playing

Landry
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Amy’s right. Most casting directors have a specific look in mind, and from my experience, most prefer straight hair. I think some actresses who reach a certain point have more of a say in character development and appearance, but when you are just starting out, you need to be as flexible as possible with your look.

Likewaterforchocolate
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Likewaterforchocolate

I am on the side of Amy and Landry, because they have lived what they are talking about and are in the business.

I do applaud you for not “permanently damaging your hair for a temporary situation”. I remember Tempestt Bledsoe doing an interview and stating that her lack of roles in Hollywood was due in large part to her natural hair. I didn’t really understand because she would not have to straighten her hari because there are soooo many other alternatives available to black women.

Fia
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I have noticed for years that any commercial for insurance, food, investment firms, medicines, legal services USUALLY feature women with natural hair. Any beauty product meant to enhance looks (makeup, Victoria Secret, hair color, etc) usually features women of color with straight or euro-looking hairstyles. It’s as if the ad industry understands that as a people, we have insecurities with regard to our hair and by showing someone with natural hair when advertising insurance, medicine, MCDonald’s, deodorant, and investment packages, we can “trust” those products. A woman with a weave is no less trustworthy than a woman with kinky coils,… Read more »
Diva
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your observations are correct however, the bottom line advertising is not to build or crush the self-esteem or image of black women with natural hair the purpose is to appeal to the larger buying demographic. Many people may be surprised to know African American ownership is prominent in the franchised Fast food restaurant we call Mc Donald’s. On average how many black women are paying anywhere from a $100 to $200 for one matching bra and panty set 14 times over at Victoria Secrets? How large a demographic of black women are purchasing Lancome or Clinique’ not to say they… Read more »
kiki
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RIGHT!! lmaooo . thats like when New York showed of her natural…i was like o_0 WTF?!?!

yasmine
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NY’s hair was flyyyyy though! lol

kfortune
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I dont perceive her as demeaning but she does “keep it 100”..great to see the childhood pic of her..but i agree she should showcase her natural hair

hyspin
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Sorry, I rather see it to believe it. I recall watching one show of hers, a while back, where she says she would never leave the house without her weave. So if she does that (go weave-less in public) I will be impressed other wise I just consider it a jump the bandwagon comment.

Cy
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+1

Vee
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Agreed. I love Wendy to death (she is a ball of fun craziness), but she has stated multiple times that showing off her natural hair is not for her and that she would not get caught without a wig on 😛

I think at the end of the day, people need to do what makes them happy whether that is natural, wig, weave or whatever!

amy
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You know Wendy might have said this because she doesnt know how to PROPERLY take care of her own hair. I believe that the reason why many black women resort to wigs or weaves or perms is not because they do not like their hair, it is because they do not know how to properly maintain healthy hair that includes less breakage and keeping it clean and moisturized. I know that for me that is why I chose to do relaxers and then braids all through high school. I didnt know how to properly wash my hair without it getting… Read more »
kfortune
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very true! she is adamant about her wigs and weave and she is quite beautful! but when its all said & done we must do what inspires us as individuals!

Coi
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Wendy said long before the whole viola Davis thing that her hair was natural but it was very thin. She prefers weaves because her hair is fine which is prone to breakage, plus with weaves ad wigs she can have versitile looks without putting stress on here hair. Her hair isn’t kinky the picture she showed looked like it had waves. She claimed she had good hair this was durin the movie craze of “good hair”.

Anonymous
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I think some celebrities now see that natural hair is more acceptable and love all the rage and are looking for a way to jump on board without the commitment and without having to go through the entire process (transitioning or big chopping) to be natural. Dont not be confused there is a rite of passage that we all must take to be considered natural those who take it, great you are strong those who fake it you’re all wrong.…they rachet!!!! lol

Venus
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Lol I’ve been natural 2 yrs now… What is this rite of passage you speak of?

eatmydessertfirst
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I don’t know about a “Rite of Passage” to be considered natural. I think that’s part of the problem that causes the “elitism” in the natural community.

Venus
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Exactly!!!

sparkspop
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I agree!

Bridget
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ITA! I was born natural. My hair naturally grows from my head this way. There was no rite of passage.

EG
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I disagree. The rite of passage I believe the young lady is referring to is not hiding your hair behind anything, wigs/weaves/braids or flat ironing your hair. The truth of the matter is that kinky hair is still looked down upon even in the natural hair community. You have to be a natural (who wears your own hair out) to understand the hostility that some have towards you just for wearing your hair as god intended. The only ‘elitism’ that I see in the black hair community is this need to turn kinks into culrs and this love interest with… Read more »
Anonymous
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Amen I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you

Marie
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Yes this kinks to curls thing doesn’t go away. On another popular hair site that mainly features curlies, I have noticed some of the kinky heads on there describing their hair as loose in the back or 3c/4a here or there added to a clear resentment of that uncooperative 4c wherever it may be (usually the majority of their hair). Is there such a desperation and need to be on the curly side of the street? The natural community today is very different to the all embracing all encompassing political one of the 70s. It really isn’t about wearing your… Read more »
Anonymous
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I can’t wait until this “Curly Natural Hair uprising” ceases. Let the real meaning of being natural stand up!!! Don’t get me wrong if your hair is naturally curly then I am not referring to you only the “Curl seekers” who buy up all the ECO styler gel!!!

jeanettesdaughter
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yep. you got it right. is any other people so completely obsessed by hair and looks as we are? black people want you to have good hair which does not translate as kinky or nappy. period. and with that they would rather you not be too black. whatevere that means. personally, i have no intention of spending the same or more on products as i used to spend trying to conform to someone else’s ideas about me. and let’s face it — most of us are not entertainers and we do not have to come up with a look that… Read more »
Fia
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So… If I were my hair kinky, I’m talked about. If I use a little eco styler gel, I’m talked about.. Bullshit. THe beauty of being natural is that I can wear it kinky, I can twist it, I can straighten it– and I can do that all on my own. This natural shit is getting ridiculous. Are we really looking at each other, scoping out who is doing twist outs, and using certain products? Wow. I don’t see anything wrong with manipulating your hair anyway you can and please. Wear it kinky, bouncy curls, gelled to hell- do you.… Read more »
Anonymous
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NO ma’am the rite of passage means dealing with the ups and downs of natural hair and learning how to manage your own texture without the aid of chemicals.

jewellthief
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and dealing w/ the criticism from friends, family, etc.

angy
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I agree and I am sick of this big chop crap. I will get there but please don’t take my black card as I proceed cautisouly. Im just learning how to take care of my hair after years of braids and I am sick of feeling less than black because I have not taken this big chop/rite of passage. Its starting a divide with sisters and I don’t think it’s right. Its all our hair, its just what we decided to do with it. you are either Unprocessed or processed. The semantics are getting ridiculous. white women aren’t fighting over… Read more »
HB
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My first thought would be to say — “Oh, Wendy — you’re such a fame whore” [c’mon, you know you are]. On the other hand, even if mean people help orphans, orphans are still helped, so if popularity is the cause of her changing her mind, then great. She has a HUGE platform and audience and will no doubt change the minds of people in media, corporate America and the world. She should publicly apologize to Viola Davis for that negative criticism though. That was bad. Let’s keep it 100. As more famous people go natural, many women become less… Read more »
honeybrown1976
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She’s an opportunist. I don’t believe it at all.

Shahidah
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I have to see it to believe it myself. Maybe because i’m not a fan of hers, maybe because this is a pic of a 10yo wendy and there could have been many changes to her hair since-matter of fact we know that- I’m going to hold off on congrats and just go with meh

Kincaid2576
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She has said on the show quite a few times she has thyroid disease that has left her with really thin hair she dyes it but does not relax.

Anonymous
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Then why not show a picture of her hair as it is now!! Why show us a picture from 30 years ago saying she’s natural now!!! REALLY,WENDY REALLY !!! SHOW us the money!!! Show ME HOW YOUR HAIR LOOKS NOW!!! NONE OF THESE SO CALLED NATURAL CELEBRITIES HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH GOING ON WITH “THE SHOW” EVEN IF THEY ARE HAVING A BAD HAIR DAY!!! LOOSE THE CRUTCHES!!! The wigs, the weaves, the texturizers, the braids, yeah I said it braids and learn how to manage your own hair first!!! I’M NOT SAYING THAT EVERYONE WHO WEARS A WIG,… Read more »
CLAW
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As stated, the lady said that thyroid disease has made her hair thin and she chooses not to wear it out and she have every right not to if she doesn’t want to. She has also said on her show that she washes, etc her own hair so she does have the experience of handling/dealing with her own hair. Heck I’m not famous but when I lost my edges after wearing twists I bought a wig because I am too vain for anyone to see my head the way it was. Just like that’s my prerogative it is also Wendy’s… Read more »
Shawna
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Exactly, my hair has two big thin spots and it was so hard at first for me to do the big chop but I did. It takes time and if Wendy is not ready to show her natural hair that is her right. I took it one day at a time and I still do one year later.

Anonymous
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I am taking this serious because we as a people have been blind for too long and it’s about time we educate ourselves with “the truth”!!! If you choose to wear a weave because of thinning issues that’s fine, that’s your choice I am not referring to people with alopecia and the such. Who I am referring to are people with a perfectly good head of hair hiding behind wigs, weaves, braids ect. so it does not sound like the shoe fits here, but if it does please feel free to wear it 🙂 Wendy Williams shows no slack to… Read more »
NubianPrize
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Why do you even care about what other folks think & do with their hair? & like CLAW said, why do you take this so seriously when it’s not even your hair?. The important thing is for you to do what you want with your hair. I’ve known folks with thyroid issues who’ve had hair fall out & many wore wigs to cover their hair because it was so thin or had bald patches. Same for folks who’ve had perms & gotten alopecia. I have 2 friends now who have scarring alopecia ( from DECADES of perms) that’s given them… Read more »
Morgan
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How are you guys going to tell someone not to take it serious? It was obviously serious enough for Wendy to publicly air her so-called natural hair. If it’s nobody’s business, then she should have kept the info to herself. Shoot. You guys are the ones taking it serious, standing up for Wendy like she was your sole meal ticket. Who cares what she SAID about her own hair. If she’s going to jump on the natural bandwagon, then she needs to show what that mess looks like TODAY. She talked all that ish about Viola Davis, Wendy sure needs… Read more »
Morgan
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Then Wendy shouldn’t be claiming ish! Claim it, show it. Thyroid disease my behind. God knows if someone else pulled up with a 30 plus year old photo trying to claim some “natural hair”, Wendy would have tossed her wig over one shoulder and commenced to tearing them to shreds. If you serve crow, you need to eat crow. Period.

Dana
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Wearing a weave as a choice as opposed to a neccessity has always been thought of as more acceptable…but that is rare. But then you always have to question the ‘choice’. Anyway, this aint about the celebrities. This natural hair shift started with sistas on the ground and will continue with them. The natural hair community had NO SUPPORT from people in the entertainment industry besides neo-soul artists, and even they have been sketchy. Now all of a sudden, everyone wants to come out of the hair closet. Wendy Williams and Oprah are businesswomen first and so are all the… Read more »
Nelle
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Well said!

Trini
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So true about the ground movement. Not one given to “celebrities” though I must say that Janelle Monae was a major inspiration. I can’t name any of her songs, but when I first saw her hair a few years ago, that was the kick in the tush that my late 30-something self needed to halt the creamy habit.

Anonymous
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Preach, Preach, Preach!!!

Carla
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Lol, many celebs are opportunistic. You can’t blame them however…they see that so many women are embracing their natural hair and want to receive the popularity that comes from that as well. Wendy, this would’ve been great to know four years ago when natural hair wasn’t so main stream smh.

eatmydessertfirst
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Great insight Carla! I agree.

aNON
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That is so spot on! Celeb like to be the leaders not followers. lol I am so amazed how mucch someone cuttingoff there relaxed ends can have around the world.…..

hassan
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Celebs are normal people and as black women have been conditioned to harbor the same insecurities about their hair/image as non celebrity black women. The only difference between them and us is their money and platform. Just as so many black women are discovering and embracing their naturalness, many celebs are doing the same.

Tamar
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Wendy on her show mentioned has a thyroid problen causing her to be very thin and thats why she wear wigs

Dawn
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Tamar, I remember her saying that too, and that she loves big diva hair.

Tamar
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her hair*

nubia
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This is a little dated she posted these pics a few years back and admitted back then she had never had a permIn her life. Seems Wendy doesn’t like her own her she states constantly that it us thin. But nonetheless she does has hair ?

eatmydessertfirst
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It’s one thing to HAVE natural hair under a weave but it’s another thing to actually WEAR your natural hair proudly without a weave. Wendy Williams, I’m not impressed…with you or anyone else that claims the “natural” badge but who wears a weave in public.

If you are going to wear a weave, wig or relaxer then wear it. I support you! But don’t claim to be a Natural and still sport your false or relaxed tresses for the sake of claiming to be natural because the weave is the hair that is portrayed to the public.

Shahidah
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or at least SPORT your natural hair once in awhile. if they claim they wear weaves for protection and to change up their styles then at one point won’t one of those styles be your natural hair some kinda way???

Angela
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THANK YOU! This is what I am always asking as I simply do not understand why anyone would expect “props” for having natural hair under fake hair. If nobody can see your hair, what does it matter if it is natural or not? I am thinking that it is cheaper and easier to NOT relax hair when it is always under a wig or a weave.

EG
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Agreed

Anonymous
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Amen Angela, they want the “Natural Hair Badge of Honor” but don’t want to put in the work!!! It takes a lot of work to take care of natural hair not only that but courage to face all the nay sayers when you decided to go natural be it through big chop or transition. People will come at you like you’ve made the worse decision in the world!!! smh when did Wendy ever have to deal with any of that?????When did she have to go on national t.v. and rock a twist out that swelled up from the humididty and… Read more »
KAN
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Exactly!! I was so confused with the title of this article and was looking for a pic of Wendy with her hair out and got a pic of her at 10??!! Please, she never wears her hair out and criticizes others that do…smh.…Publicity stunt and it’s working…

Suni
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she has always said she has natural hair under her weave but she never wears it out… so her saying more about it isn’t really a surprise.

binks
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Wendy Williams can miss me, I don’t care if her hair is natural I still remember the episode where she went off on Viola Davis when she wore her natural hair to the Oscars. Despite her being a natural, she strikes me as the good hair/bad hair type honestly. I have no problem with naturals wearing weave if they choose too but I would love to see more of their natural hair than the weaves, I still feel like to a certain degree that weaves are another crutch.

Socialite Dreams
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amen

Venus
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Jesus Christ! Im so confused right now.… Isn’t this what we wanted? For more black people to be comfortable with their natural hair?????? Anytime a celebrity comes out admitting they have natural hair (regardless of how often they show it) there’s always some backlash about WHY they are revealing it etc etc. like WHO cares why it’s happening I’m just glad its happening! .. What difference does it make if they are coming into some huge awakening, or epiphany while doing so. NOT everyone has that… I didn’t…But that doesnt mean I love my hair any less.. It’s like there’s… Read more »
aNON
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NO need to blaspheme. Jesus Christ is LORD and created us beautiful.

AC
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She obviously isn’t comfortable if she feels the need to hide it under those horrible weaves. But if she wore her hair out naturally in a twa or all the way down her back I still would not like her, she is horrible and like many said before me..I remember the Viola Davis critique! So distasteful.

Pat
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It was very distasteful how she came out against Viola.

Shahidah
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I don’t see how her saying her hair is natural, wearing a wig, and showing a pic at 10 years old says she is comfortable with her natural hair. She didn’t reveal anything. I have not seen the Viola bash but have heard about it from others and a few have commented here. No she is HARDLY comfortable with her own hair.

NubianPrize
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I totally agree. We black women can’t win no matter what we do, so you may as well do what pleases YOU^& let the haters hate. Just remember Jill Scott’e song “Hate On Me”: Hate on me, hater, now or later ‘Cause I’m gonna do me, you’ll be made, baby Go ‘head and hate on me, hater, I’m not afraid ofWhat I got I paid for, you can hate on me You cannot hate on me ’cause my mind is freeFeel my destiny, so shall it beYou cannot hate on me ’cause my mind is free Feel my destiny, so… Read more »
Blacgirlost
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I am so pleased that all these black (white women) are proclaiming themselves “natural divas” while wearing their india and aisan hair daily and rarely (if ever) being seen publically without it. Let the rest of us pave the way and then you (they) can come out strong and secure knowing that white America has accepted our hair. Let the rest of us endure the strange looks and dumb questions. When all that passes you (they) can step into the lime light and show the world “yours too”. Kinda like that final (sweat shop) scene in the Wiz. You’ll (they’ll)… Read more »
AC
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+1

EG
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lol…gurl come back, we want an encore

M2
Guest

Get it girl.……that was powerful.….…i have no words to follow that.…..BRAVO!!!!!

Shahidah
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WOW! Loved this : are proclaiming themselves “natural divas” while wearing their india and aisan hair daily and rarely (if ever) being seen publically without it.

Anonymous
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*down home country church shouting right now*

Alisha
Guest

+10000

Fia
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It’s hair. And it is silly to pass judgment on someone based on wearing a weave. This is just ridiculous. We’re really getting ridiculous in the natural hair community. “Pave the way?” The natural hair journey has yet to be connected to anything other than.. hair. It’s important to love ourselves, but don’t get it twisted: any mammal can give birth and ANY woman can shave her head and let nature take its course as it grows back out. Enduring nasty looks, dumb comments, and overbearing relatives that wanna perm your hair is not the same as working in a… Read more »
Michelle
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Thank You. This is getting a bit ridiculous. To me your damned if you do and damned if you don’t. My sister’s and I all have natural really long hair. The problem that we seem to have with natural sister’s is that our hair is very curly and wavy. It’s almost like hispanic hair and we get slack because our hair is not kinky enough. People look at us like we automatically have perms and we don’t we just have straight hair. To be totally honest there is too much judgement being passed when it comes to hair and it’s… Read more »
Joy
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I’ll believe it when I see it. Perhaps then my opinion of her will change because I’ll see what she really looks like under all the dead animal.

Mai
Guest

I know much of the natural hair community is excited to see a celebrity wear their natural hair. But just because I (me personally) am natural doesn’t mean I support every other natural woman. Wendy spews too much venom for me to care if she is relaxed, natural, or otherwise.

naturally yours
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Wendy Williams is natural. Picture of her natural hair was posted on lhcf a few yrs back along with an article on how she cares for it. Her hair was naturally thin and waist length, but bleach and badly damaged

lc
Guest

You beat me to it. 🙂 I was going to say the same thing, she has shown her hair before but has always said because it’s thin that she doesn’t wear it out.

Candice
Guest

Wendy Williams wears a wig on television and looks like a drag queen. Too little, WAY too late after she dissed Viola Davis. Talking about your natural hair is completely different than being SEEN wearing your natural hair out.

Natalee
Guest

Wendy…bye girl! Its one thing to want to showcase your natural hair for attention and another to publicly bash people who do it or make rude and ignorant comments like Wendy has on her show.
When Viola Davis wore her own hair for the Oscars, she scoffed at her as if Viola’s hair wasn’t glamorous enough for the red carpet. Then she told Brandy that if she had a child with her current boyfriend, the baby would have “good hair”. I can’t take her serious.

Barbara
Guest

Wendy WAS natural as a child but not as an adult. She has shared pictures of her bleached, relaxed, thin and super long hair on her show. I will post it in a few. Wendy has not claimed natural as an adult, how you doing, BGLH?

SA
Guest
She has a funny way of ‘claiming’ her natural hair, if it’s even natural in the first place. I wont be doing any back-flips or splits since she decided to ‘claim’ her natural hair. Wendy is such a desperate attention seeker, does she want some dap from the natural hair community now that she’s made an announcement lol girl bye. I’ve seen the pic of her wigless hair too (was floating around the hair boards a few years back) Even though her hair is thin, she has enough hair to wear a bun or ponytail or any other hairstyle. For… Read more »
Barbara
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[img]http://blackgirllonghair.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/images-1.jpg[/img]

Ms. Wendy’s real hair.

Morgan
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Lord, what’s wrong with her face??? How old is this photo…25 years? lol

Curly Queen
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She just using Oprah’s shine to keep her name out there because as has already been said she loves her wigs and she had nothing positive to say about Viola Davis’s natural hair. On the other hand she has nothing but praise when someone in her audience or a guest has long, straight hair. I believe she would be the last person to ever embrace her natural hair! She also made that stupid comment to Brandy about her babies having “good hair” if she has kids with her current boyfriend.

Unfortunately, sometimes Wendy Williams stands up for ignorance.

Barbara
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Wendy can’t use Oprah’s shine seeing as she hasn’t spoken about her hair post Lady O’s reveal. Those real and childhood pic/comments are old.

Curly Queen
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Well the article made it seem that she just recently posted this pic as it says, “Wendy Williams is the Latest Celebrity to Claim Her Natural Hair” so I can only go by what’s posted.

merry
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sorry but at some point, being natural means nothing if you don’t represent.

Shahidah
Guest

+1

Deav
Guest

Wow, Wendy Williams has natural afro textured hair under the 18 inches of weave shorn from an indian peasant woman’s head and sacrificed to hindu gods, before being washed, deloused and shipped to the U.S to sit on top of her head. Amazing!!!

Patricia Kayden
Guest

lol!

prieta
Guest

It is such a shame that all this “natural hair ” hoopla has gotten out of hand.
If you have hair, flaunt it. Don’t go around wearing weaves and wigs and then say my hair is natural and has never been relaxed! You might as well be balled!I don’t care if Wendy’s hair is unrelxed or not…she never shows it anyway. Just like the nut from HouseWives of Atlanta!

Shahidah
Guest

which nut?

Tia
Guest

As long as you are chemical free you are natural, but how can you really claim #teamnatural if you never wear your natural hair out. I have to wonder about these women that have heads full of gorgeous natural hair but wear weaves and never showcase it. I would like to ask each of them WHY?

Socialite Dreams
Guest

way to jump on the bandwagon Miss “I think Viola looks a hot mess and naturals aren’t chic”. meh to Wendy

Kahlia
Guest
However people choose to wear their hair is their business. I try not look down upon those that wear relaxers,wigs or hair extentions. I’ve been natural for about 10 years and I’ve been through alot with my hair. Ten years ago there was not any natural hair blogs, natural hair products, and information on how to maintain our natural state. So I also resulted in the pass to weaves and wigs. Some people may not know there is a world of naturals out here. Always at any of my jobs I was one of the only “naturals”. Now that more… Read more »
Dionne
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I couldn’t have said it better.

Patricia Kayden
Guest

I just watched a Wendy show where she told an audience member who regretted her big chop to wear wigs until her hair grew back (or words to that effect). I don’t think she likes natural-haired Black women.

When I see her on her show without a wig, then I’ll change my mind. But, regardless, she is entitled to her love of wigs/straight hair.

Karen
Guest
I don’t care what’s “under” your weave/wig. I don’t care if you’ve never had a relaxer under your weave/wig. If you’re “hiding” your natural hair under it then you are NOT natural. So now EVERYBODY is a “I’m a natural” wannabe. Here’s the real, if you “press” your hair you are NOT natural. If you “texturize” your hair, you are NOT natural. If you “color” your hair with ANYTHING OTHER THAN HENNA you are NOT natural. If you “straighten” your hair with ANY heat source you are NOT natural. If you ADD hair for braids you are NOT natural. If… Read more »
Michelle
Guest
Wow you sound very angry. Why is that? So people don’t have a right to do what they want with their hair? I don’t have any chemicals in my hair at all but my hair is NATURALLY curly and wavy and I get slack from the sister’s whose hair is more kinky because I don’t have to texture my hair to get curls or do braid outs. I roller set my hair and straighten out my roots whenever I like. You sound very judgemental and bitter. Everybody might not want to do the same things with their hair. I personally… Read more »
Inoja
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AMEN 100x! It just shows that even in trying to do something positive (avoiding chemicals, being natural) we have found a way to divide amongst ourselves and form cliques. Geez, get over yourselves! You’re either processed, or you’re unprocessed. Period. I don’t care if you dye it in multicolors, press it, texturize it, weave it, braid or cover it with a wig. Is it healthy because you gave up the perm/harsh chemicals? Good for you. Now enjoy the beauty and variety of OUR hair. No one else has our hair or can do the things we do with our hair.… Read more »
QML
Guest
LOLOLOLOL girl IS YOU MAD?? Sheesh! Nothing is ever that serious! So if I throw my hair up in a high bun… Is that not considered natural bc I’m manipulating the direction of my hair and I’m brushing it out so it can fit into the bun? We can continue to put strict standards on what it means to be natural… Here u go.. Here’s ur kudos: CONGRATS for doingNOTHING to your hair! Congrats on keeping it 100% “natural” as it comes out of ur head. YOU WIN! Ur hairs the best! You get a gold medal… Now for all… Read more »
jessicaap
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she said that over a year ago, when i used to watch her talk show i remember her showing her younger photos with long hair and how it was styled.

TenTen
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A lot of you have good points and I can see where everyone is coming from. Here’s my take. I’m glad Wendy and other celebs have come out and revealed they are natural underneath all the weaves and wigs. Why? Because at least they have healthy heads, I’m happy for them. Individual health is TOP priority to me so I’m glad they made the decision to be natural. BUT as far giving them “props” for saying they’re natural in front of a camera while they still rock a weave/wig, it’s not something I feel eager to do, because I can… Read more »
Felicia
Guest

Agree with every word and have thought the exact same things especially for young girls!!!!

Felicia
Guest
To me no specific hair type/style is the right one. If you want to be natural kinky/curly, weave, wigs, or braids/twist as adults it is our choice as to what is best for our individual self. The problem comes in when people act as if one is better than the other. Some choices are due to health, time and/or skill to name a few, whatever the reason as adults we have that right. Even balding Upon observing peoples reaction to my own natural hair, specifically black people, along with media, interviews, movies videos etc there is more acceptance for truly… Read more »
Felicia
Guest
I also wanted to bring attention the my pointedly stating as adults. To many female black children are not afforded the opportunity to get to know, love and embrace their natural hair in texture and length. Someone is putting a relaxer or some type of weave as early as preschool. I believe this puts them at a disadvantage. My oldest wanted a relaxer around the age of 7, I wasn’t willing to consider it until at least 13. By eleven/twelve years old she was glad I refused. She receives more compliments when pressed, but she loves her hair either way.… Read more »
RICHELLE
Guest

Wow a lot of interesting comments. I have been wearing/rocking sister locks for 12 years, can I include myself in the natural hair sisterhood?

Verna V Nickelberry
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I am always at a lost for words about this Natural Hair uprising! Its as if some of us woke up one morning an realized that we are so beautiful just the way God made us, tight curls all! All I have every known was a press and curl until I turn 26 years old. I tryed the relaxer and disliked it everytime I had to sit under the dryer for over an hour! So back to my press and curl I went. Soon I began to dislike that as well, and went all the way back to the way… Read more »
imani
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Wendy is an opportunists.she threw viola under the bus with her hatfeul comments.if she was so proud of her natural hair under those weavesNwhy slam another blk woman 4 having the courage 2 be seen in all her natural glory? Its one thing 2 say natural isn’t 4 her but she acted like viola broke a law being herself.wendy is drinking the koolaid..she believes in that good hair nonsense.she posted that old photo 2 fit in..she isn’t proud or sincere.she’s full of it. Thryoid or not,she isn’t a supporter ofnatural hair or positive blk images that don’t fit in with… Read more »
TJ
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Wendy Williams I applaud you allegedly going natural, since you ridiculed Viola Davis for confidently sporting her natural beauty at the Oscars. What this means to me is that you have accomplished some more confidence…the wigs, obvious plastic surgery, and loud messy behavior of your ch. aracter on your show reflects some possible insecurity. But, I am still happy for any success of any Black woman and wish her more success. Weaves have never been a good idea for extended use…or wigs. They can weigh the natural hair down and result in thinning and break. But, ladies whatever floats your… Read more »
kfortune
Guest

Wow! great to see wendy as a child! this photo is priceless but i would like to see her actually showcase her hair for the world to see.

Morgan
Guest

This photo is 35 YEARS OLD! WTF??? How can she claim something she’s not willing to show NOW? Didn’t we all have hair 35 years ago???? C’mon son. Why is this an article? Wendy ain’t claiming ish.

Janice
Guest

I bet Wendy’s hairline looks like Naomi’s. No current picture. Hmmmm.…hey I’m just saying.

Fia
Guest
I come onto this site to look at pics and read articles and I am always disgusted by the amount of venom spewed by some of you who have designated yourselves “The Natural Hair Police.” You know who you are, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for being so closed minded about how someone chooses to wear their hair. Wendy had it coming, in terms of judgment, but some of you obviously have issues that simply “being natural” cannot solve. You spew such hatred about weaves, gels, curls and the women who wear them. Having natural hair does not… Read more »
Michelle
Guest
Thank you! This is like you said way beyond having natural hair. There are insecurities lurking around. Why are most of these women so bent on the world excepting their natural hair. Love yourself. Try that maybe you won’t be so concerned about what someone else is doing with their hair. You can’t even put a curl in your hair without judgement being passed. So what if people straighten their hair. Black women have been doing that since the beginning of time so now since all these natural’hate’communities have started everyone is holier than thou. Have a seat ladies and… Read more »
Patrice Russell
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ok i hear you and i respect you opinion..but do you think the women who constantly wear weaves and perm their hair to make it straight really love themselves or are they just trying to conform to white standards of beauty? wouldn’t it seem as if they are the insecure ones not being willing to proudly showcase their natural beauty?
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SantanaNyla
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To each his (her) own…not everyone feels comfortable with certain styles. I love my body but I would never wear a bikini-maybe a tankini.

Smarty
Guest

My ginormous thumbs tapped a thumbs down but that should have been a huge THUMBS UP!!!

quiz
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We have been told that our hair is bad. As a response black women cover it up, weave, relax it, press it to look more white. You know this to be true. Black women weave so much to the point their hair falls our due to Traction Alopecia and CCCA which results in baldness. Tell me Fla, were is your pride when you wear ANOTHER WOMANS HAIR FROM CHINA OR INDIA, WHO IS POOR AND DESPERATE AND TAKEN AVANTANGE OF TO SERVE A BLACK WOMAN’S INSERCURITY AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM. WE BLACK MEN DON’T LIKE IT AT ALL, IF IT MATTERS… Read more »
ema
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Are you one of those angry black women” lol. The only one who seems really angry is you quiz. Just because you are a man doesnt mean that your opinion is of higher value than that of any woman. So calm down. Fla said what a lot of people are thinking here. All this mean and cruel insults just because of hair is to much. To support is good to ridicule and insult is not.

Alaina
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Actually there are a lot of white people and other races now who wear dredlocks nowadays. And tan, and try and get big boobs and a butt and wear Extensions, not just ‘blacks’. Just so you know, because apparently you didn’t. Some blacks like their hair that way and just want to try new styles, it doesn’t mean that they hate themselves, kinda like how girls are with make up. There are many women of all races with self esteem issues so why bash on blacks only? Many girls do a lot of the same stuff blacks do, they just… Read more »
mspenelope
Guest

Yeah. And don’t forget the collagen lip injections (and other lip augmentation jobs) many white women get to enlarge their lips.

SantanaNyla
Guest

Combing is not recommended unless hair is wet.….….….…..

LindaAdam
Guest

Wow… awkward — I don’t know any man who knows that much about weaves. Then again, neither do I.

Clarissa Evans
Guest

Wendy Woo said Viola Davis’s natural hair was “not red carpet hair”, on nation wide tv in front of an audience full of white women. I’m sorry, but all bets are off. Never mind that Wendy herself wouldnt dare show the world what’s under that rug of hers.

Lorraine
Guest

Courage. Wendy shut your mouth and have the COURAGE to show your hair!
You might help other “naturalwigstas” come out as well.

girly
Guest
Wendy has often stated on her show that her hair is naturally very thin (yet long) and this is why she wears wigs. So for anyone that thinks shes “selfish” for not “representing” she doesn’t do so because she’s insecure about it. Wendy is loud and brash but putting her down doesn’t make you any better. Ive been natural half my life and I never found it necessary to put other women down because of their choices. Also what she said about Viola was not malicious it was her opinion about her preference for herself (if I recall), maybe not… Read more »
Kimmie
Guest
In 2010, I received a relaxer at a beauty salon that made all of my hair fall out. It started shedding immediately and then suddenly there was nothing there but a few limp strings of hair that I could hardly braid. My regular hair dresser suggested that I never get perms again and that I try to be a bit more careful which hair salons I patronize. It took about six months for my natural hair to grow in and by the end of 2011 my hair was in the middle of my back. In 2012, I started wearing it… Read more »
Keikimummy
Guest
I don’t really understand what Ms. Williams agenda is in suddenly trying to claim that she is happily natural. Her comments about Brandy and Viola Davis’ hair suggest that she has some pretty negative attitudes towards black natural hair. It’s true that it is not right for us to lambaste her for what she chooses to do with her own hair, but she is an international icon whose attitudes (which she willingly shares with the world) easily spread and can damage the self-esteem of not just our daughters, but also adult women like ourselves (and Brandy and Viola Davis, who… Read more »
dorism
Guest

Com’on! When I was 10 I had lots of long hair. Even when I was 12.13.14.15 and so on.……But what does it look like now?.…When I had perms for 20+ years, I hardly had any. That why I went natural. Now I’m 2 1/2 years natural, and my hair is growing like weeds and more density than ever!

Shanacee
Guest
I think that is quit sad that African American women still have such a hard time embracing natural hair fully. It is crazy in its self that we still are commending each other and writing articles about wearing our hair natural. Shouldn’t we be passed this? We’ve made so many strides in Black history yet we still cannot fully let go of these tired perms and weaves and wear are natural tresses with pride and individuality. I think its awesome that these women are embracing their hair but it should not be news it should be a norm and way… Read more »
DeboraH
Guest
I think it’s sad also. I even joined a hair growth challenge recently. And I got so sick and tired of hearing other challengers talking about, “I’m getting a sew-in to protect my hair (BS!!!)or I’m going to color it, perm it and then wear a wig to protect it. Wtf? The challenge was to grow our hair, not hide it or suffocate it with weaves and wigs, only to lose it after the weave is taken out with alopecia tracks, etc. I don’t think wearing sew-ins and coloring it is exactly protecting it. Since you’re robbing your hair of… Read more »
Lashawna
Guest

It’s still Black people swapping one “hierarchy” for another. Same ignorant, divisive BS, different day.

And I’m natural going on six years, in October.

Chuckles
Guest

Wow, so she is truly a woman.. Mystery solved..

Beauty
Guest
Wendy Williams has stated many times on her tv show that she suffers from some sort of thyroid disease/disorder. She named it once as she talked about her real hair and why she wears wigs at the beginning of one of her shows last year. I forgot the name. That same disease/disorder is also the one she claims causes her eyes to bulge out. She said she determinedly keeps her eyelids slightly lowered because of this. She doesn’t want to “scare” people with her “crazy eyes” that she knows can (and often does at home) happen. Her condition caused her… Read more »
Catrice
Guest
Some people don’t want their life to revolve around hair! I have thick, long, coarse hair and I wear a short, curly weave because it is EASY to maintain. I workout 4–6 days a week, work full-time, drive a car pool, commute two hours a day, try to cook healthy meals for my family, which includes a husband, two kids and a dog. I had my time with my, “natural” hair before blow dryers my mom would wash my hair and plait it; it took two days to dry. Once, I got a short haircut like Halle Berry’s because I… Read more »
VERNADINE
Guest

TO ALL OF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT WENDY’S HAIR MAYBE YOU NEED TO WATCH HER TALK SHOW BECAUSE SHE HAVE NEVER HIDDEN THE FACT THAT IN THE EARLY TWENTYS HER HAIR STARTED TO THIN I MEAN THIN TO THE POINT WERE YOU CAN SEE HER SCALP. TELL ME LADIES HOW MANY OF YOU ARE BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO IN PUBLIC WITH HAIR SO THIN, PEOPLE CAN SEE YOU SCALP NOT MANY, AND I BE DAMN IF I WOULD DO IT.

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Sugar D
Guest

Wendy Williams is right about what caused her thinning hair and bulging eyes. She have thyroid disease. I have this same disease which has cause my hair to thin and eyes to bulge. I was diagnose with this disease since 1992. My hair was shoulder length and full around the front edge of my head , now it is very thin there because of this disease. I sometimes wear sew in and braids plus, I am natural now. I hope one day my edges will fill in perfectly after going natural again.

Supercrys
Guest

I wear wigs because it is fun to change it up and I keep my hair protected. I don’t wear tight wig caps, tight wigs or use the combs in them. My hair is at it best right now. Plus Im going to Korea in December for a year and I need my hair to be protected.

Creativeliyours
Guest
I don’t get all the bashing of wigs, weaves, relaxers, etc. I am old school (born in 50’s) and back in the day when wigs were worn there was no backlash. Almost everyone wore afro wigs and such back then. Everybody basically did their thing. When weaves became popular nothing negative was spoken about it until some years later. Some people wear these things for their own personal reasons not related to wanting to look white. Self-hate is an overused term and has no meaning except to the one who uses it. I don’t hate myself and if I did,… Read more »
Gaylyn
Guest

If I could only like this comment a thousand times

Bebe
Guest

Some of us lost our hair before the wig/weave. You don’t know our story and are not commissioned to plan our coming out party so pipe down and allow us to do us.

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