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Mainstream Magazines Just Can’t Do ‘Black Hair’ and Rihanna Is Tired of It
I can certainly relate to the frustrations that one has when trying to find a decent hair salon that can properly care for and style my hair. My search becomes 5x more difficult once I reveal to the stylist that my hairs texture is natural. The struggle is real to find a gifted hairstylist, be it Black or White, who can properly wash and detangle these coily curls without ripping chunks of my hair out and it for this very reason that I very seldom plop my behind down in a salon chair. I can only imagine the frustration a lot of Black celebrity women may have when it comes down to getting their hair styled for videos and magazine shoots.
The harsh reality is that a lot of stylists are either not comfortable with or were never properly taught how to care for textured hair especially in it’s natural state and while many claim to be ‘experienced’ their experience has been limited. We could blame it on the increased infatuation with hair extensions, wigs and hair pieces but when you think about it even with these ‘hair accessories’ it is still hard as hell to find a decent hairstylists.
While many celebrity women have complained in the past about the lack of proper hair care and styling skills in the industry, the most recent female celebrity to be vocal about her lack of satisfaction is pop star, Rihanna. In a frustrated rant via Twitter, Rihanna gave her two cents on mainstream magazines who fail to have someone on staff who can properly tackle ‘Black hair’.
This is a problem that everyday women go through but the fact that it happens far too often in mainstream media speaks directly to the problem. Stylists are hired to style hair, but not all hair types. Their motto? If you can’t get with it, slap a wig and/or weave on it, brush it out a little bit and turn on the fan….
While we agree and understand Rihanna’s frustration the obvious choice for someone in that situation would be to bring your own team of stylists, but this may prove difficult to do when you are dealing with a magazine or company that insists on using their own hired staff…
Do you find it hard to find good hairstylists who can properly care for you and style your hair? Do you think mainstream magazine’s should be more prepared and trained to deal with textured hair?