There has been a little bit of uneasiness with Dr. Oz’s latest show surrounding natural hair. He had two young ladies on the show, one did a big chop and the other gave insight on how she felt when she finally decided to become natural.
The second woman also had her hair ‘styled’ in a pompadour of sorts. He featured a natural hair stylist who reportedly a leader in natural hair in spite of the fact that she is largely unknown in the natural hair world. But hey, we will let him live.
Still it was largely criticized and to be quite honest I get it. Why would some of us not be a little upset by a show seemed hastily thrown together? Nobody ever heard of the stylist that was given credit for the work of many others in the natural hair world particularly stylists who have been more visible from the beginning of the movement. And who does a big chop like that anyway? It seemed so raw and rough. Argh!
But then there is another side of it, a positive side that we have to pay close attention to. Natural hair is not just our hair any more. Now its a business and its a huge one that many people, regardless of ethnicity, are looking to score on.
Dr. Oz probably had great ratings the day Curly Nikki was on almost a year ago and wanted to replicate the same thing by doing a similar show. Additionally this particular stylist has a business she needs to run as well, so the opportunity to be on television to promote her brand was probably something she, like many of us would never pass up.
The participants? Well, when was the last time you big chopped in front of thousands of viewers? It was probably liberating to say the least, the ladies should start a blog and capitalize on their 2 minutes of fame.
To me all this appeared to be a way to capitalize on something that is moving in a great direction, I expect that we will see the discussion more and more on television and not just on Dr. Oz but on other talk shows, radio shows and print media as well.
Hair is a big deal, it was a big deal before natural hair was huge and will always be a big deal. Now natural hair has a platform and all you have to do if natural hair is your business, is to just know your worth. Recognize the value of your knowledge and your platform and act accordingly.
No shade thrown here, we know the show could have been better but we get it, we know exactly whats up.
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