It has become an inevitable reality that every time I log into Twitter, I will see at least one person launching into an extended rant about why Jay Z and BeyoncÃ© need to make Blue Ivy‘s hair more “presentable.” The tirades range from condescending shade (“It would be beautiful if BeyoncÃ© could give her daughter’s hair as much attention as she gives her career!”) all the way to outright rage (“I wish I could call child protective services on them rich-ass bastards neglecting their daughter like that!”). Yet regardless of how frustrated people get, I’ve yet to hear anyone answer the one simple question I keep asking these folks time and time again: “Why does it matter what Blue Ivy’s hair looks like?”
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a childless man who hasn’t spent one day of my life doing a little Black girl’s hair, and I am willing to admit that my knowledge of women’s hairstyles is as limited as my girlfriend’s knowledge of the zone blitz. However, I do feel my question is relevant. I’m not Curly Nikki, but I always thought the most important aspect of a child’s hair is its HEALTH, not it’s style. If I am wrong about this, please correct me because I honestly don’t know and am more than open to learning, especially knowing there’s a chance I might have a daughter someday.