Last week or whenever, Oprah’s hairstylist Andre Walker made some interesting comments about maintaining kinky hair. According to Mr. Walker, “Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing.”
Sigh. Some people just need to keep quiet. As far as I’m concerned my kinky hair has a vast number of styling options and does not need professional relaxing.
This is what the natural hair community is trying to combat: that we need to do something with our hair because it’s not good enough in it’s natural state. Mr. Walker is ignorant of natural hair and what natural hair can do. If the only thing your stylist can thing to do with your kinky hair is to relax it, you need another stylist.
I could care less what Mr. Walker has to say about hair and taking care of our hair. If he wants to slap relaxer on someone’s kinky hair and that someone is OK with it, so be it. No natural hair police here… but I think if he doesn’t have anything useful to say about taking care of natural hair or styling natural hair, stop talking about it.
This has become an uproar in the natural hair community, so much so, the Globe & Mail — Canada’s most conservative newspaper — ran an article about it. (Hat tip to the Relaxed Chick for the article.) Read and discuss.