Solange’s Not Takin’ No Mess “No Mo”June 12th, 2012
Once upon a time, in a year called 1966, the decision to stop straightening hair was a political statement. This was a time before the Jackson 5, JJ Walker’s sister Thelma and even Barbra Streisand decided a massive halo of kinky hair was more cute and fashionable than revolutionary. This was a time when the Black Power Movement was making natural hair a tenet of the belief that Black (capital B required) was Beautiful.
Once upon a time, in a year called 2009, a singer more popularly known as the little sister of pop megastar Beyoncé, decided the time had come to take out her weave and cut off her hair. ‘i wanna cut all my Hair off & have a fade (cropped haircut) phase,’ Solange Knowles told the world through Twitter. And so that’s exactly what she did, shunning critics and complainers and rocking a fade, then braids, turbans and Afros of varying lengths and textures.
All seemed to be going well for this celebrity who dared to ignore the narrow beauty ideals offered to the famous. Until, that is, she came under attack by the Natural Hair Police, an unofficial cadre of bloggers, stylists and commenters. In a series of online statements, they let it be known that Solange’s ‘do needed some assistance. It led the singer to head back to the internet to let her feelings be known. Said Solange:
“I’m only going to say a few things. I cut my hair ALL off 4 times in my life all for very different reasons….I only reiterate this because this is nothing new for me. This 4th time did not define me, just as it had not the previous 3 times. I’ve never painted myself as a team natural vice president. I don’t know the lingo and I don’t sleep with a satin cap…However, I did notice when I picked out my hair, I kept seeing feedback about needing a “twist out”. Connnnfesssioonnn: I HATE twist outs. Correction, I hate the way they look on me. SO I end up always picking them/steaming them out. Look, all I’m saying is. My hair is not very important to me….so I don’t encourage it to be important to you. I’m very emotional today (involving something else), so I’m letting the momentum of that help me to express the fact that…I don’t want to talk about no damn hair…..no mo.”
And with that, she lived happily ever after.