Sheryl Underwood’s Controversial Comments About Natural Hair

The TV show ‘The Talk” made headlines last week because Sheryl Underwood a well known comedic actress made some rather disparaging comments about afro hair.

Just to give some background, the conversation started with mention of Heidi Klum who has mixed race children and saves their hair every time she cuts it. She describes her kids’ hair as ‘huge Afros’ and saves the hair in baggies.

Sheryl, in all her comedic glory stops the conversation to make the ultimate jokey joke at the ‘saving afro hair’ part of the conversation; she responded Why would you save Afro hair?”

She went on to imply that women that go to a salon do not prefer that type of hair, they would never ask for “Curly, nappy, beady hair”.

Then to add insult to injury to the joke, when her co-host Sarah Gilbert revealed that she also saves her children’s hair, Sheryl said that of course, that was different because It is probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff”.

Here’s a clip of the show…


Oh believe me when I tell you twitter was lit up like a Christmas tree with comments expressing how hurtful those comments were, women and men went HAM on how irresponsible her opinion was even though it was just an opinion. There were those who thought that she was totally out of line with her comments:

The fact that someone said Heidi Klum embraces Blackness better than Sheryl Underwood. Log me off this life, I quit.

It’s not time for us to bash @sherylunderwood its time for us to examine why Blk women come at each other the way we do

Question @sherylunderwood when your white audience was laughing at how “nasty” #naturalhair is…you realize they’re laughing at you right?

And there were those who thought it was just a joke and we shouldn’t all be so sensitive:

@sherylunderwood they are just jokes she is a comedian it’s entertainment people really need to stop with all this self hatred stuff

I seen that episode..and it really was not a big deal. I thought nothing of it….chuckled a little

damn @sherylunderwood cant make a simple ass joke anymore -_- smmfh ppl are too sensitive these days .. #KeepDoingYourThingSheryl

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

  1. Astairwaytolearning Wherewehelp Familiesgrow
    Astairwaytolearning Wherewehelp Familiesgrow

    I feel the natural hair community is very sensitive to these comments. I say to each it’s own. It was a joke, but some truth was in it. I have coarse hair and I own that. I would never want to a salon or beauty store to get that look. Just my opinion.

  2. Gwen

    As a soror, I am appalled. You obviously forget what being a “Sister” means…and just for fun…if you were to remove your wig, weave or whatever, what would we find…???? I’m just saying…

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