I doubt there is a woman alive who is happier about growing long hair than I, but does that mean I need to brag about it?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of the work you put into your hair and I encourage all women to have healthy self-esteems but there is a fine line between self appreciation and vanity.
I could even understand if the photos were accompanied with a short synopsis of their regimen – but nope, just a picture or two with a boastful caption.
Granted this does not apply to all celebs, some are actually very helpful with responding with products used and regimen information, but I’ve also seen some say things like “Don’t be mad just cause you ain’t got no hair!” in response to a few negative reactions.
My objective in writing for BHI and documenting my journey on my personal blog is to share information and encourage other women who desire long healthy hair.
Not to make it seem like an elitist club that only few are capable of achieving. I would love to see ALL OF US grow gorgeous hair down our backs if that is our desire.
Furthermore, wouldn’t it be awesome if long, healthy hair on black women became so common that these tweets seemed strange? Obviously from the reasons celebs do it to our reactions, we still view women of color growing long healthy hair as an exceptional occurrence instead of the norm.
And from the looks of these bragadocious tweets and interview statements, most celebrities do not seem to be in any rush to help move us closer in that direction.
While there is a lot of positivity and information in some online sources, I guess I just wish overall black women having long hair were more of an inclusive rather than an exclusive thing.