Social Media Is In An Uproar Over ‘Cosmo’ Appropriating This Hairstyle

February 13, 2016 ‐ By Ashley Monaé

From Kylie Jenner’s cornrows to Katy Perry’s gelled baby hairs to fashion week runways being full of controversial trolls from head-to-toe, the latest reiteration of a traditionally black element of style, as it pertains to women especially, has been revealed. This time around, yet another hairstyle is on the chopping block and being re-imaged.

Earlier this week on Thursday (Feb. 11), Cosmopolitan posted an article stating that “hair tattoos,” commonly known to the masses as undercuts, were the next big trend in hair. Next?



For those that may not be hip to undercuts, it’s basically a haircut where the back and sides of your hair is cut very short or shaven. It’s definitely an edgy look for those who are all about making a statement with their mane, but honestly there’s nothing new about this look at all.

Nevertheless, Cosmo went on to explain that Allure actually discovered the trend first:

“When singer Madison Beer posted a “gooood morning” photo to Instagram last week, all anyone could talk about was her hair. It looks like a simple top knot at first, but if you look closely, you can see the back of her head is shaved into a cool pattern.

And she’s not the only one rocking this hair trend. It’s called a Hair Tattoo, reports, and it’s blowing up on Instagram. One girl showed exactly what it looks like both down and pulled up. The “tattoo” is totally hidden and then — surprise!”

Unfortunately, it’s clear that Cosmo didn’t care to give credit where credit was actually due when it came to this article. Ever heard of Kelis? Maybe Cassie? Or Rihanna? What about Lala? Mel B? Laurie Ann Gibson?  All of those Black women and many more have rocked this style, influenced many others to do the same, and stamped it as a full-on hair trend years ago. You also can’t forget about rappers in the ’80s and ’90s like Big Daddy Kane either — it’s a long lineage of this hairstyle in the Black community.

While this style isn’t just a “Black” style that can only be worn by “Black” people, an element of our community has once again been appropriated and spun as some sort of new trend by a majority white publication without recognition. And of course, when Twitter (primarily Black Twitter) got a hold of the news, reactions were abundant, declaring disapproval of Comso’s article. Soon after, the publication pulled both the tweet and the article from their site and social media pages.

Are you with us on this one or what? Continue scrolling to see what Twitter users had to say using the hashtag #CosmoHeadlines:

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