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“I Don’t Really Consider My Hair To Be Controversial” Meteorologist Fired Because Of Her Natural Hair
Rhonda Lee had long been told that she needed to make her natural hair “more pleasing to a wider audience,” she told HuffPost Live on Thursday, but she never expected her hair style to actually compromise her job.
Lee, an African American woman who currently works as a meteorologist for WeatherNation TV, recalled how comments she made in response to Internet vitriol targeting her hair ultimately led to her being fired by her former network.
“There really does come a breaking point when either you’re going to accept me as I am and how I do my job, or you’re not,” she explained. “Apparently my station of KTBS chose not, and I was quickly fired for… two different comments that got me in trouble, both times defending being black in general.”
Read more Rhonda Lee’s termination at BlackVoices.com
It seems that no one taught us to dislike or even despise our curly or kinky hair. It seems that from the moment we become aware of our hair, we’re trying to correct it. In all actuality, someone did teach us to dislike it. From the women who are lauded as beautiful in magazines, on television screens, watching our mothers sit for hours getting relaxers applied. Having relaxers applied to our own heads before we even fully understood what was going on–the message that straight hair is better has been and continues to be all around us.
And while we can certainly relate as Black women, this issue is not unique to us. Girls and women, of all races and ethnicities, who don’t have naturally straight hair are dealing with these feelings.
So it should really come as no surprise that our daughters, nieces, little cousins and other young girls in our lives don’t hold their hair in high regard. According to a recent commercial, created by Dove only 4 out of 10 young girls think their curly hair is beautiful.
What can help increase that number? Surrounding the curly/kinky-haired little girls in our lives with people who celebrate the texture of their hair. And while you’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt to start examining how you feel about your own tresses.
This is not news to us. The “natural hair movement” has been attempting to do just that for some time now.
And Dove is making the same statement–with a more multicultural approach. We’ll certainly let them be inspired by our brilliance if it means curly haired little ones–and some older ones–can feel better about the hair on their heads.
Take a look at Dove’s #LoveYourCurls commercial in the video below.
If you’ve seen Porsha Williams for any length of time, you know that the girl stays with a weave. Long ones. Whether she’s doing Farrah Fawcett curls, big, loose curls or rocking it bone straight, we’ve yet to see her without her signature strands.
That was true until last week when Porsha gave us a very short glimpse into what her real hair looks like.
Take a look at the picture below.
And hours later she was back to this.
And the finished product looked like this.
Porsha looks good either way and in the industry she’s in, she certainly needs to protect her real strands. But her natural hair is pretty impressive too. It would be nice to see that every once in a while. What do you think?
Last month, Cut Video, the people behind those Birds and the Bees talks with kids and the grandmas smoking weed for the first time, released a video of beauty and makeup trends from the past 100 years. It featured a White woman with mostly White hair styles from 1910 to present day. It was pretty cool to see how our beauty aesthetic has changed over the decades.
But they didn’t stop there. Yesterday, the company released a similar video featuring a Black model, with naturally textured Black hair, rocking undeniably Black style trends. And it too is pretty impressive; and of course, of particular interest to us.
The video features 100 years in 1 minute but life was given to me in that short time span. I must have screamed “yassss” at least five times watching the different transformations.
Check out the video below.
Don’t you love it!
And then there’s also a comparison video featuring both the Black and White model. Pretty cool. I know I’m probably not the only one who noticed how some styles and looks have made comeback.
Achieving a long-term goal can leave you thinking, “What next?” But you should take the time to enjoy your accomplishments, and that includes the hair goals you’ve reached.
Once you’ve reached your hair goal, it’s tempting to jump right into the next achievement without celebrating the first. Let’s say that obtaining shoulder-length locs was a goal that was met. There’s no need to instantly start collecting images of waist-length hair for your digital vision board on Pinterest. Allow yourself time to enjoy the fact that you’ve met that goal and that your hair is healthy. There’s no rush to the next finish line.
Instead, try spending time assessing the positive aspects of the journey you were on to reach the goal, and review the areas of improvement. If the goal was a 90-day protective style, and 80 of the days your hair was left unattended to underneath that style due to laziness, there’s an identified area of improvement. You’ll find out what parts of your hair challenge actually worked for you and ones that didn’t when you reflect for a time.
Focus on maintaining the results you achieved during your hair challenge. If you’re now an expert at sleeping through the noise of the plastic baggy method, keep it up. Your mornings will thank you. Or, if you’ve mastered the art of the roller set, continue wrapping those magnetic rollers tight. The hard work is in creating permanent habits that affect your daily or weekly hair routine in a positive way. Try coming up with efficient ways to continue with the new changes you’ve created. It could be as simple as changing your blow dryer attachment to speed up the drying process, or using a scarf at night instead of a bonnet when sleeping on your Bantu knots. Finding more productive ways to do things will help you maintain your results and you will be able to integrate those changes into your way of doing things.
While you take the time to pat yourself on the back for attaining your hair goals, remember to pay it forward. Share what you know with others. That conditioner and wrap lotion combo just might be the miracle mixture that helps your sister-in-law coax her edges down. Your quick one-two punch of advice to your coworker struggling with growth might help her stay motivated toward her hair goals. Using what you know to benefit others is the next best step after achieving your own goals.
Celebrating your achievements, maintaining results while creating new habits and giving helpful advice and encouragement to others are ways to allow yourself to reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Then, when it’s time, you’ll be rested and ready to move forward with the next hair goal challenge.
Going natural is a totally new experience that can either boost or deflate your confidence. When natural hair is a new look for you, there can be uncertainty at the beginning because you’re not at ease or as comfortable with it.
To feel excited about your new ‘do, you have to let yourself get comfortable. It’s hard to fake being super secure from the start, but you can grow your confidence as your newly natural hair grows. We all want to be the woman with the wild, lush afro, pounding the pavement like it’s nobody’s business. Well, here are a few ways you can empower yourself and increase your self-confidence in your new hair.
Reclaim Your Sexy
Believe that your newly natural hair is sexy and alluring, because it is! Think of the characteristics you love about your hair. Maybe it’s perpetually frizz-free, super shiny, or perfectly coiled. Style your hair in ways that play up its greatness. Use those positive traits to give yourself an air kiss and a pep talk in the mirror each morning.
When you’re doing something new, you’re bound to get tons of compliments. When you do, accept them graciously and avoid the urge to respond with a self-depreciating comment. Allow yourself to enjoy the positive statements and shout-outs because they’re well-deserved.
Increase Your Styling And Hair Care Knowledge
There’s no secret formula to speed up the process of learning to care for your hair. YouTube videos are a great crash course, but you’ll have to learn through trial and many errors. While you’re gaining hair care know-how, practice crafting a signature style. And, be gentle with yourself. Notice your small wins. Every ‘overnight’ success is made of many small wins stacked one on top of the other. Plus, when you do discover a new tip or technique that helps you, it feels great to pass on the tidbit to the next new naturalista.
Do Things To Feel Like Your ‘Regular, Normal Self’
Here’s an activity to try: Take some time out to put on your favorite clothes. Notice how different each outfit looks with your hair. Think of different accessories you can add or fresh ways you can layer your clothing in order to enhance the look. There might be a dress you’ve stored away that all of a sudden takes on an increased level of chic-ness with your new ‘do. Test yourself and your style to see what works and what might need to be improved upon. While part of you will miss the “old you,” remember to embrace the evolution of your appearance. Don’t overthink it, because sooner, rather than later, you’ll end up happier each day with the way you look.
You can definitely boost your confidence in your newly natural look. Give yourself the permission to be sexy. Be kind to yourself while learning a new process, and embrace the change of the updated look. You’ll be a woman of exponentially increased confidence before you know it.
You’re not a sellout for wearing a perm, and you shouldn’t think you’re one either.
I get it. You see everyone around you going through the big chop, and you get some side-eyes for admitting that you still get those curls straightened out. But just because you choose to relax your hair doesn’t mean that you don’t love yourself, nor does it mean that you’re brainwashed to think that bone-straight, buttery blond hair is the only kind of hair that is beautiful.
Now, if that’s the way you just so happen to think, well, that’s something you need to work on. But for most women still reaching for relaxers, you do so because you like the way your hair looks when it’s straight. Plain and simple. Sometimes, a look is just that—a look. There’s nothing more to read into.
For a while now, some naturals have been hard on those of you choosing relaxers as a styling option. While it’s true that the social and psychological aspects of Black hair isn’t some fabricated notion, the mindset that Black hair is “bad” hair does not govern the actions of every woman with relaxed hair.
There are plenty of reasons to want a straight hairstyle, just like there are many reasons for desiring any other style. When you have a specific aesthetic, there’s security in sticking to your signature style. It feels authentic to who you are and how you express yourself visually to others.
It’s hard to ignore the pressure to be on-trend with free ‘fros, box braids, long locs and other natural styles. And yes, I said it: The natural hair movement is a cyclical style trend. Trends change, and in a few years, there will be a mass exodus to some other popular style. And in that transition, lots of present-day naturals will transition into the next great, Black hair movement. It’s hard to try something that could take a one-year transition commitment.
But relaxed hair isn’t necessarily the default option for lazy hair care. Just as much time and money goes into maintaining the health of relaxed hair (or at least it should), as it does for natural hair. But most will agree there’s less daily styling required for relaxed hair, and there’s comfort in knowing exactly what to expect each morning when you comb down your nightly wrap. It’s simple for you: wrap, comb and go. There’s nothing wrong with wanting that, so don’t allow anyone to make you feel like there is.
It doesn’t matter which chemicals you do or don’t apply to hair, because it’s just that—YOUR HAIR. Every style isn’t for every woman. You shouldn’t feel pressured to wear your natural hair if it’s something you have struggled with and aren’t necessarily comfortable with. Rock the hairstyle that makes you happy, confident and uniquely beautiful.
LaKrishia believes every woman has the power to choose her own adventure. She writes about creativity, lifestyle and positivity at www.ARMOURELLE.com.
Clearly the people at In Touch Weekly skipped both the annual diversity and racial sensitivity seminar. Or perhaps they don’t have one at all. Because in a column called “Double Creature,” the magazine published a little blurb likening Solange’s hair to that of a dog, a Yorkipoo named Jackie.
So it’s worth noting that the magazine itself did not make the comparison, the owner of the dog did.
“Yorkipoo Jackie is “basically twinsies” with Beyoncé’s sis, says the 5-year-old pup’s owner, Brian Murray Jr. ‘They rock the same hairdo…’
There are a couple of problems here. Initially, I read this wrong, believing that the person who wrote in was 5-years-old. Which would have been a bit more understandable. You know, kids don’t understand offensiveness just yet. But after a second read, it says that the dog is 5. The owner is a grown man. So not only do we have a grown man who doesn’t deem this comment offensive and racist but the whole In Touch Weekly editorial team also didn’t see a problem with the blurb and thought it was ok to publish it. Ridiculous!
I’ve seen publications compare the looks of a celebrity to animals but that only works in extraordinary circumstances. And this right just ain’t it.
What do you think about this column?
In this episode of One Bold Move, we show a few series extras that didn’t make the final cut. Curly Nikki gives tips on maintaining natural hair for kids, YouTuber Missy Lynn gives advice for makeup newcomers, The Curvy Fashionista addresses plus-size fashion misconceptions, Mother/Daughter fitness duo Ellen and Lana Ector share their fitness inspiration and the co-founders of Black Girls Run! discuss whether you have to workout to stay in a relationship. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
It’s no secret that Tracee Ellis Ross is something like a hair icon. With luscious, bouncy black curls it makes a profound statement on television. And that point is not lost on Tracee. But she’s not the only one.
In fact, Black women on television, particularly ABC have been ditching the straight strands. Olivia Pope let her curls flourish when she was standing in the sun with Jake on “Scandal.” Tracee, as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on “black-ish”, rocks her natural hair. And perhaps most memorably, Annalise Keating, at the suggestion of Viola Davis herself, removed her wig before she confronts her husband about his extramarital affairs on an episode of “How To Get Away With Murder.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tracee spoke about the significance of that moment.
“I think what is important about Viola Davis taking her wig off on How to Get Away With Murder is that it illustrates that there is a mask that women are thought to have to wear. For black women, it can be a more complex mask. Our culture has created a very limited view of what beauty is and can be. I think right now television is one of the places where women are pushing up against that and saying, “You know what? I don’t need to play this game anymore in order to be considered beautiful…What I think is exciting is that to a certain extent, there is a revolution happening where black women are owning their own beauty, despite the standard of beauty that in the past has not had space for it.”
“I think it’s huge that I’m wearing my natural hair texture on ABC in prime time…I’m very conscious of how I wear my hair on the show, and yet it’s the way I wear my hair as Tracee. You hire me, you hire my hair and you hire my ass. It’s all coming with me.”
And the church said Amen.
I think it’s worth mentioning that one commenter on EW‘s site mentioned that Tracee got the opportunity to wear her natural hair as Joan on “Girlfriends.” And as one respondent offered, that’s true but “Girlfriends” was a show targeted to a demographic who was more likely to accept this type of hair. Wearing her hair naturally on that show was like, “preaching to the choir.” (All types of Black church references for you today.) But “black-ish” on ABC reaches an entirely new demographic and audience, allowing Black women to exhibit a different type of beauty, our natural state of beauty, to people who are still largely ignorant.
It’s a good thing.
The other side of the coin though: the only type of natural hair the mainstream and others in the Black community are readily willing to accept, without hesitancy, comes in the loose, curly form more often than not. While the youngest daughter on “black-ish” has hair that is coarser with tighter coils, it’s largely absent in mainstream media. But hopefully, Tracee and Viola and Kerry will help to bust those doors down as well.