Thursday, June 12, 2014

Why we need to leave Blue Ivy's hair alone

By Tenisha Mercer

Folks need to get some "bizness" .. and mind their own!

As filed in the category of, "Are you kidding me?" a petition, "Comb Her Hair," has surfaced asking Beyonce to change her hair grooming habits as it relates to the pop princesses' two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

Wait, what?

The petition to comb Blue Ivy's hair.

Facebook thugging?

Seems that Jasmine Toliver of New York posted this online:

“The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter a.k.a Jay Z and BeyoncĂ© have failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy's hair,” the petition, reportedly created by a New York woman named Jasmine Toliver, reads.

“This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let's get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.”

Toliver took to Facebook to defend herself, saying she posted it as a  joke, but the online petition has garnered nearly 2,000 signatures. There are petitions for many numbers of things -- to free innocent prisoners, to stop human trafficking, to end racism.

Blue Ivy is the online target of "jokes" about her natural hair 

But this?

She's 2. And she's got 2-year old hair!  Again, she's 2!

“My joke took off anything I guess with ‘sign a petition’ is funny,” Toliver wrote. “If I would've said ‘sign a petition to save Lebron James hairline’ that would've took off (too)! It's a clever joke! Nobody came up with before.”

“My hair (looks) like blue ivy right now except its moisturized and detangled,” she continued.

“Yes I'm natural! Have a seat to most people. I can care less about BeyoncĂ© or (Jay Z) but I do care for the kids hair. People make nothing out of something. I love being black! I'm proud my bloodline runs from Africa. I'm proud of my own tightly coiled kinks. I'm proud of my big lips and brown skin. People just need to (breathe) and chill out.”

Singer Beyonce carries her daughter Blue Ivy onto a yacht in Ibiza 
It starts early

Since when did the state of a two-year-old child's hair become the subject of an online debate?
Really, folks need to shut the hell up. We are not the folks doing her hair and for all we know, Blue Ivy might cry when it's done.

It's not funny -- not at a child's expense. I don't care if the person is natural. Since when do we start talking about hair "suffering from lack of moisture," as if it's some sort of malady?

Hairstylist and owner of Hair Rules Salon Anthony Dickey told the New York Daily News that it's not funny.

“That’s insane," Anthony Dickey, stylist and owner of Hair Rules salon, which specializes in textured and curly hair in Hells Kitchen, said.

"That’s insane to think that her hair, as a child - a toddler - is supposed to fit into a standard of beauty, that’s acceptable for who? That’s the big question. Who cares? We’re talking about a child here, and we’re going to now implement a standard of beauty for children?"

"She’s a child with natural hair -- what texture other than natural would you expect a child to be?”

He's right. The whole thing is "insane." 

"I think she’s a pretty little girl," Dickey added, about Blue Ivy. "She doesn’t have naturally straight hair, she has natural curly hair, and it has the right and free will to go in any direction that it chooses, and to think it should do anything else - you would be suggesting a standard of beauty that is supposed to be imposed on a toddler, and that’s insane.”

The whole thing has started a social media hubub, with folks weighing in on various social media outlets about Blue Ivy's appearance after family photos recently surfaced online earlier this week. Folks damn near testifying about natural hair, texture issues and hair grooming skills and whether Bey should "do "something" with that child's head.

I guess folks expect Blue Ivy to wear a weave, too.
Maybe a quick weave ponytail?

How about braids like her famous momma?

Would that make us happy?

The politics of  natural hair and acceptance

The whole thing pulls back an ugly curtain on natural hair, and what is acceptable, even on a young child. It's clear that free flowing natural hair, which Blue Ivy has, is NOT. Black folks are conditioned to believe that, even a child's hair, is presentable only if it's braided, twisted or ponytailed. Anything else is unacceptable. Do SOMETHING with it. It must be DONE -- at all times!

It's why folks will damn near disown you if you let a boy's hair grow in a fro once he reaches one, when Black dogma says it's time for the so-called obligatory haircut. It's why many times Black folks have unrealistic expectations of our hair -- that it should be perfect, not a hair out of place.

And that includes folks who are "natural." Damn if the child swims, is active as hell or has the nerve to play in her hair and doesn't like to get it combed, as many toddlers of any race tend to do.

They don't get the concept of "good enough" hairstyles on a young child, which is usually something that you've managed to pull off in the five minutes they're preoccupied playing with an iPad, between thrusting handfuls of Cheerios in their mouths, or during naptime.

Otherwise, forget it.

Why we shouldn't care about Blue Ivy's hair

Folks been weighing in on this child's hair since the moment Bey popped her out. And her having a fro and free flowing natural hair has only brought out the ugliness, for real.

Let it soak in. Since she was BORN. This child is going to have hair issues listening to all these folks talk about her hair. The real online petition needs to go to parents who are slapping relaxers on two and three-year-olds' heads.

Really, I could give two less than an effs about how the Carters choose to care for THEIR daughter's hair. I'm trying to care for mine. And I'd advise the folks who are all up in their bizness to do the same.

She's a child, for Christ's sake. 

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