Why Are People Saying Rihanna’s Natural Hair Should Be Longer?


Rihanna “Trolled” (her word) Instagram today with a quick selfie showing her natural hair separated in ponytails in preparation for her next style. That wasn’t a big deal but what I found interesting were the number of comments that alluded to the fact that her hair should be longer? Here are just a few of them:

“Your girl is bald headed”

“bald headed ?”

“Thought it would be longer to be honest”

Because of how overwhelming the comments were many of her fans tried to defend her right to have short hair even though she has been wearing weaves for years.

nassal1_For the people speaking on her length….. sis been rocking shortcuts for most of her career, and still has more hair than y’all had since middle school.

Rihanna probably pays no attention to negative comments but when did having short hair become a ‘bad thing’?

For the record short hair can be a preference, it can also be very healthy, and women can also CHOOSE to have short hair even when rocking a weave from time to time. According to Rihanna’s personal stylist Yusef Williams, health is very important and she uses treatments from Barbados all the time.

Via Refinery 29

“Rihanna is natural — we always make her hair soft and pretty,” Yusef Williams, her hairstylist, once told us. “Underneath the wigs and weaves, we are big on hair care and treatment. Rih’s mom brings me hair treatments all the time… it’s really important to take care of it.”

Williams uses raw castor oil, hot oil treatments, and ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion on her strands, which clocks in at just $5.49. “It’s good for the hairline,” he says of the lotion. For higher-end products, he swears by Peter Thomas Roth’s conditioners and scalp treatments.

“I like to put it on and let it sit under the dryer because it really moisturizes and promotes hair growth,” he says. “Deep conditioners are imperative at all times.”

But it’s not just products that keep Rihanna’s strands looking so strong. Even though Rihanna loves her bundles, Yusef makes sure that she never leaves them in too long. “You have to let your hair breathe, give it a break, and take care of it,” says Yusef. “I say that you have to talk to the hair and pray on it. It’s real.”

Negative comments come with the territory of being a public figure but it never fails to surprise how judgemental folks can get about black women and their hair!


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