Saturday, January 11, 2014

Leave Blue Ivy's Hair Alone!!!

 Its nothing that gets under my skin like judgemental people. Its even more cringing to hear/read/see people "going in" on a helpless innocent child. In Blue Ivy's two years of life she has seen more of the world than most people do in a lifetime. I understand that Blue could care less because she has wealthy, loving doting parents who adore her. That's not the point. My point is that it is so appalling to see the "barrette bandits" ridicule every picture of Blue that hits the net. These miserable people used to post stupid stuff like, "Blue Ivy isn't Bey and Jay's" blah blah. Now that the child has grown up to look like a carbon copy blend of her parents its nothing left to say but to attack her hair. Some people might read this and wonder why I take this bashing so personal...Here's why:

1.) She's a baby! If you can talk bad about a baby you don't have a soul.
2.) Her hair is FREE, as it should be. Small children shouldn't be weighed down by 79 barrettes and heavy hair accessories.
3.) Blue's hair is in its natural state. If Beyonce permed it or put weave in it yall would be ready to stone her!
4.) Combing a toddlers' hair ain't easy. Who wants to hear a baby scream from having their fragile hair tugged and pulled?
5.) She wears natural loose hair, so who is to say whether her hair is done or not?
6.) Did I already say she was just a baby?

Seeing a happy, healthy, loved baby is more important to me than whether or not she has straight parts in her hair.

My son is similar in age and he hates for me to comb/his hair. The best I can do on a daily basis is slather some oil moisturizer in his hair. He squirms to get away every time. When he took a nap I made small little bantu knots to keep his hair from drying out.

This is my son's usual style. His toddler-fro. It may look unkept but I sprayed my olive oil/water mist and used the denman brush.

This style is rare, while he was sleep I wanted to put up his hair because it was damp from his shampoo/bath.

His hair loves the Kandy Kurls. It make his curls pop!

 From a distance his hair looks dry and matted but its not. I just put some product in but you can't tell.

No matter how much product I use his hair appears to be dry from a distance even when its not. Maybe its his brownish hair color.

After a bath I always put his hair up so it won't tangle.

From a far it looks dry...
 Up close you can see his curls better..

 This day he put up a fight because his hair was all over the place. It was a battle and totally not worth it. I wouldn't go through that again because he hated it.

I did the LOC METHOD method for supreme moisturizing.

The next day his hair absorbed every drop of moisture.

I couldn't imagine having paparazzi follow me around everywhere. My husband took the baby on a midnight run to the grocery store because he was teething and fussy. Folks would say I didn't comb my baby's hair judging from this picture.

I pulled his hair back for Christmas pictures with Santa. Someone asked me if he was a girl. GRRRRR! Thats why I don't like putting his hair in ponytails.

An older lady asked me when was I cutting off his hair because its too long. I was polite but it annoys me when people offer unsolicited advice.

After his shampoo I made random plaits..

My baby's signature style. His toddler-fro!

My baby's hair looks moisturized up close but not so much from a distance.

Tending to a baby's hair is not easy and I'm not nearly as busy as Beyonce. I know she can afford a professional stylist specifically for Blue....but, who's to say Blue would allow it. Personally, I wouldn't want anybody doing my child's hair but me. 

* Blue may be severely tender-headed
*Blue may have hair/scalp condition
or maybe...just maybe
*Blue may be strong willed like most baby/toddlers who ain't having it! THESE BABIES RUN THE HOUSE!! 

I just wanted to give my perspective of the situation. I may not always agree with everything Beyonce & Jay do but they get cool points from me for letting their child be free. The less styling and manipulation to the hair the better. Take it easy with the combs people! Yall gonna comb yalls kids hair so much they won't ever have any edges left!  

Are they called Dreads or Locs?

What do you call them? Dreads, Dreadlocks or Locs?

After seeing this picture on Pinterest it posed the question, "Is the correct term DREADS or LOCS"? It took me back to my Sophmore second semester at LU and I had a professor who had long locs. The last time I seen long locs like that was on an episode of A Different World. I was mesmerized by them because they weren't as common as they are now in 2014. After class I went to ask a question but before walking away I said, "I like your dreadlocks". Real calm he replied, "You think my hair is dreadful?" I was like, "No, NO, no..I like them." I can't remember his exact words but since that day I think twice before saying Dreadlocks. On the other hand I see those with locs who refer to their hair as dreadlocks. I was confused so I did a little research.

“Dreads” is a shortened form of the word “dreadlocks.”
According to etymologists, “dreadlocks” is a word that was first used to describe the locked hair of Rastafari people. Though the etymology of the word is not debated in the academic community, it is debated in the black hair community due to a number of myths; however, two common stories are told.
One story claims that the word came from the Rastafari followers’ “dread” (“fear” as described Biblically in the books of Hebrews, Psalms, and Proverbs) of Jah, the God of Abraham. This theory most closely correlates to the academic explanation of the word.
Another common theory states that hair of African slaves shipped to the Caribbean matted up during the course of their transport, and therefore their hair became known as “dreadful.” It is important to note that Carribean slave trade predated the first documented use of the word “dreadlocks” by more than two centuries, and it is both uncertain and academically unproven that this connection is grounded in fact.
Because of the second story, many black people prefer not to call their locked hair “dreadlocks.”
Having “dreadful” hair is a racially-charged societal myth that particularly concerns black and African hair types. There is a pressure in the black community to have “good hair,” because Western beauty standards often label natural black/African hair as something negative that must be hidden (weaves), disguised (braided), or heavily-manipulated (relaxed). 
Many black people assert there is nothing “dreadful” about their hair, knotted or not. For this reason, the word “locs” was invented to specifically describe knotted black and African hair.
Because “locs” is an invented word and was created to specificallydescribe black people and black people only (Africans included), it isgenerally inappropriate for people who are not of African descent to call their own hair “locs.” 


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