Remember this post? Well, it seems the YouTuber has made waves again because she did her second big chop, which surprised alot of her fans – including myself. I literally was looking at her picture saying, “Omg! Omg!!! OMG!!!!! Wow, she completely cut her waist length hair off!”
I remember when I first followed Kerry aka SimplYounique back in 2012 (when I started my natural hair journey). I looked up what styles to do for short natural hair, and I found her. She gave so many beautiful examples and styles that I could do for myself. She made the step by step process look so easy, and I was and still am so glad I had found her. For two years I have followed the YouTuber, and then one day she just vanished off of YouTube, and there was no video made by her for a long, long time.
Then one day she posted a video on July 23, 2014 showing that she got her waist length hair relaxed! Oh wow!!! I was so shocked! Her relaxed hair was the talk and gossip of the natural hair community on all websites, blogs, and other posts – even here on BHI. Her hair was the main topic of discussion for days to weeks, which is not an understatement.
She was also the topic of discussion on a website I follow, Kinky* Curly Coily Me by Jenell Stewart. Jenell explained on her blog that when she first went natural, SimplyYounique was the one she would watch for hair tutorials because they were easy to follow and her personality was very relatable.
But then Jenell went on to say that she was going through her YouTube subscriptions, and saw that SimplYounique posted a video and she was quite shocked at her decision to relax as well.
I was pretty upset; not at the fact that SimplYounique got her hair relaxed, but that there was no update before that or any thought leading up to that decision. Of course she doesn’t have to explain herself to anyone, but it did not mean that I didn’t feel some type of way over the way it went down.
From my perspective, what really started the heated discussion about her relaxed hair on KCCM, SimplYounique’s Facebook, and her YouTube, came down to the two opposing sides; one was that she started as a natural hair advocate and a natural hair public figure for a long time. The other side was that she can do what she wants to her hair because it’s hers.