Recent pics of Angelina Jolie’s daughter Zahara’s latest hairstyle had the web going in. The 7-year old debuted black and blue braided extensions, with a flower to boot on a stroll with her family in New Orleans. Now, I’m not sure whether it was the color, the use of extensions, or the combination of the two that ruffled many people’s feathers, but the style surely reignited a conversation we’ve heard before. Not only was the ever-growing trend of celebs adopting babies of color brought back to the table, but also the often apparent confusion amongst non-brown parents regarding the care of their adopted child’s natural curly hair.

Personally, I don’t find much error in Zahara’s style. In fact, I think it’s kinda cute and super convenient for the coming summer months. And well, the color? Not a shocking surprise when your parents are flippin’ Brangelina. My only concern, however, would be the health of the young girl’s hair, and the preservation of those underage edges. Lord knows how heavy braids can be!

But then again, I also know that even as a child, I was pressed for micros and senegalese twists. The more and the longer, the merrier! Fumes of Kanekelon hair burning at the tips of 12-inch braids. Eight hours in the chair of some woman who spoke in a thick accent of lands far away… But I digress. I mean, c’mon, there are lil girls runnin’ around the hood right this very moment with full sew-ins and wig pieces. So Zahara’s style seems rather mild to me, in comparison.

Popular blogger, and comedienne (according to, well, me) Miss Jia had a few things to say about it all via her Twitter page a couple days ago:

RT @MissJia: I think that it should be a requirement for people who aren’t experienced with black hair to take a course before adopting blk babies

RT @MissJia: Okay yea “at least they’re getting adopted.” Cute. But that doesn’t mean that parents have to let them leave the house looking a mess.

RT @MissJia: 99% of the time, when a black child is adopted by someone who knows nothing about black hair, it looks like it hasn’t seen a comb or brush

RT @MissJia: and if naps are too much for you to even try to handle…with all that money, hire somebody to hook it up.

RT @MissJia: Im just saying. It doesn’t hurt to learn. I’m happy that lil black babies are being adopted, yada yada yada but shit, adopt a comb…..

 

LOL! Ohhhhhh, Jia. She soon took a more positive stance by highlighting an adoptive parent of caucasian decent who actually gets it right. In fact, this lady blows most parents in general out the water with this hair thing:

RT @MissJia: http://t.co/Yfe9Gls7 <<< No excuses. LOOK AT WHAT THIS WHITE WOMAN DID TO HER BLACK DAUGHTERS HAIR!!!!!!!!

RT @MissJia: My mama is definitely getting a phone call about this shit. This little black child has a heart in her damn head.

RT @MissJia: My mama aint NEVER braided my shit with that much love.

 

I perused Rory’s site, so perfectly titled “Chocolate Hair, Vanilla Care”, for what seemed like hours, intricately studying all the creative styles she’d mastered for her little girls hair. Jia was right – my momma never even considered putting that much time and effort into my young, wild, curly-q’s. A couple twists, some barrettes, and it was out the door! Did you see the precision in that Valentine’s Day style? Too cute!!!

We’re curious to know, what are your thoughts regarding hair when it comes to adopted brown babies? And, is Zahara’s new hair appropriate?

  • minna k.

    Oh boy. She is a child! She probably wanted to add blue hair to her braids. I wish that my mother had let me be more self expressive at that age, instead of being over concerned about how my “tacky” 8 year old sensibilities reflected on her. CHildren are people, y’all. Not our fashion accessories or even extensions of ourselves to a varying degree. Its only clothing and accessories. Its a way of practicing how to think for yourself, and make decisions, and childhood should be a little magical. Some parents don’t realize how oppressive they are to their children. As long as babygirl is clean groomed fed and loved and taught (and the braids are not too tight).

  • omfg

    why are black people so concerned about this girl’s hair? please leave her alone.

    a lot of black women shouldn’t event talk about a child’s hair health in light of the poor condition of most black women’s hair/scalps – what with all the chemicals, heat, glue, tracks, and fake or real hair in us…

    give it a rest.

  • Khadi

    Um, how about people mind their own damn business? I’m sure they’ve got other things to be worried about than this childs hair -_-

  • shelli

    I think her hair is very cute and appropriate for her age. My problem is when I see older women with the same hair style (not a good look for them). Now that more of us are wearing our own curls, I think we are in a position to say provide advice on hair care, if we are asked.

  • Candice

    Some ppl will NEVER be satisfied …. in OTHER PEOPLES BUSINESS…. smh … that child is happy healthy and loved ….there are children without food to eat clothes to wear dirty homes etc who’s moms are the flyest on the block! on your very block! … it may be you! .. .be concerned with that … there is no color in love or care of a person … come on now …Leave Brad & Angelina alone and go holla at black parents Will & Jada on why their daughter went bald then blonde and now green …. smh otherwise …leave it alone … they don’t care what we think anyway ,….I know I WOULDN”T

  • http://www.missjia.com Jia

    ….”in other people’s business,” yet you’re reading an entertainment blog that….is also in other people’s business?

    Oh ok.

    Of course we all have ‘other things to worry about,’ but this was merely an observation. I find it strangely coincidental that when white families adopt black children, 9 times out of 10, they put absolutely NO care into that child’s hair. I’m sure that, in life, we all have other things to worry about but does this also mean that we should allow children to look like ‘whatever’ because of it?

    Also, I don’t think that Zahara’s hair looks ‘bad,’ but I’m personally not a fan of weave in children’s hair OR color. Blue hair reminds me of taking a drive down the wrong end of a popular road…just hood. But if she likes it, okay. My tweets (and thanks to the writer for quoting me lol) were not really dealing with a specific child but instead, what I’ve observed at large.

    No biggie tho! :)

  • Pamela Diva Deal

    For these people who seem to always complain about whites adopting our black children .Just stop !!! because we blacks are not stepping up to the plate to adopt them. Thank you Angelina and Brad , others who have adopted our children thank you.

  • BHY

    I think it’s their child…let them do what they want. People are entirely too opinionated about this. I see black mom’s with kid’s hair all out of control as well, I don’t know why this a race thing.

  • Candice

    what i’m saying is do ppl who have concern with the care of children adopted put an effort into environments they are directly connected to i.e. family, friends, neighbors … my view was that it wasn’t so much about the color in her hair but as you pointed out the care of the hair period … but NOT all black families care for their black child’s hair … I’ve lived in various locations and from personal experience I have seen my mother finish my hair and do the hair of girls in my class or in the neighborhood … times have changed since then but I feel like ppl become to emotionally invested and put out negative energy with comments and opinions ….yes I frequent blogs and i post comments and opinions but I also know what I do in return. I have adopted children in my family and know several well cared for children cared for outside of their race … so what is the real issue here?

  • BHY

    Amen

  • YM

    What I find interesting is the very site you posted has also used weave in her child’s hair. All the way down her back.

  • susan saunders

    The more natural, the better. My mother used to love to braid or press and curl my hair. I hated it, being tender-headed. Then peer pressure got the best of me and I wanted to join my friends sporting perms. My mother was devastated when she found out I had permed my hair. “What you put that mess in your hair for?!!! You don’t need that! You’re just following behind other people!!” I should have listened to her because the perm damaged my hair leaving me with bald spots. The chemicals burned my baby hair. I wore wigs and hats trying to hide my shame, regret, and bald spots. As for Sahara, the braids look great. At least she’s not putting chemicals in her hair. She can always go back to a natural hair style, or press and curls. And who said Angelina (her mother) decided on her hair do. She probably picked it out herself. She’s young. I’m sure she’ll change her hairstyle over and over before she decides on the best hair style for her.

  • susan saunders

    sorry. I meant to say Zahara.

  • http://www.sherpagirljourney.com Sherpagirl

    Having braids so young is not a big deal at all, it’s the go to style for most kids of color.The issue seems to be more about Angelina being her mother. I have always questions peoples motives for hating against folks for adopting children of need. If someone loves, cares, and is able to adopt a child in need what’s the beef, your not doing it!? Love more, hate less!

  • http://derbycitynaturals.com Haley

    Correction, it was not weave but rather yarn.

  • YM

    Correction, it was weave. Check out the older post titled ‘A Lengthy Discussion on Toddler Extensions’.

  • binks

    People need to stop giving braids bad rap, I had braids as a kid and my edges are fine and so are my nieces who also get braids it’s called finding a profession that knows how to take care and style the hair. Secondly Z’s hair looks fine and age appropriate I rather see it on a kid then a grown women. I do think parents, whether biological or adoptive, need to learn how to care for their kid’s hair so in turn the child learns especially if the child is of a different race. Hell I know many parents of biracial children ask black parents for tips. But at least it’s not a perm, I am not anti perm but I HATE seeing young girls get a perm at least wait until they are teens to discuss that option if they so choose it.

  • Lady

    I think in general parents need to be careful when putting extensions in young children’s hair. Some can handle it others can’t. I don’t know why this needs to be a black/white issue where Angie is concerned. With all the money she has you people really think she’ll not pay someone to help her take care of her child’s hair. Also i’m sure she got some black woman lurking in her small friend circle.

  • http://hairspiration.blogspot.com/ Natural Belle

    as someone who was raised by white parents who knew nothing about caring for afro hair initially however learned to care for my hair just as well as the next woman. being black doesn’t make you equipped to manage afro hair.

  • http://shessonatural.com/ It’sMy Damn Hair

    The way I see no one said anything when Will & Jada let Willow do all that crazy mess to her hair, from shaving it to the big long multicolored braids, so why should it be an issue now that Brad & Angie are letting her do it? I’ve always had braids from a babe until now, and my 7 year old daughter has braids. Our edges are in tact. You have to seperate the people who can care for the hair when its braided from the ones who can’t. Most of us should know how to take care of our child’s hair. And this little girl is in a position where she can grow up to rock a broad variety of styles because she will in fact have access to the BEST hairstylist in the world..both white and black who can hook her hair up! Remember she went from being bald at 2 years old to having a head full of hair 2 years later?

  • http://deedeeonduty.blogspot.com/ Dee

    Well said@ natural belle and it’s my damn hair

  • darydrea

    lol this was the funniest thing i’ve read today. Thanks

    Both hair pics were amazing! i want the heart shape as well.

    I didn’t read all comments, but people. Angelina uses Carol’s Daughter, and she has a stylist that does ethnic hair. there was an article or tv spot/interview but it is a fact that Angelina went to Jada Pinkett-Smith and sought out hair products for her daughter. So, she did do research for the health of her child.

    People kill me with what gets them all riled up with celebrities.

    I hope we-AS AMERICANS- finally find something else to care more about.
    I hate reality shows that follow celebrities. sorry went off on a tangent

    peace

  • whatcontroversy

    It’s plain hypocritical. Nobody thinks twice about seeing a black child with braids, the commentary only comes if the notice a white parent walking behind them. Regardless, it’s their child, and I’m not commenting on anyone’s fashion choices for their child any more than I’d take kindly to some nosy people talking about mine.

  • aby

    amen 2x

  • taniesha

    There need not be a discussion because whether there dark skin children with dark skin parent of that age and younger who put weaves and coloured hair in their children’s hair. So it has nothing to do with the colour of the mother or the child. Look at Willow Smith. I’m from the Islands where I see it happen all the time. Not strange.

  • DB

    Oh people have plenty to say about Willow’s hair, since she started her singing career actually.

    People may have more to say about Zahara’s hair because her parents are white but equal hate is given to Will and Jada being bad parents or letting Willow “do that to her hair”.

  • Toi

    People these days are just too concerned about the wrong things. That little girl is blessed beyond measure and her hair is FINE. smh and lord have mercy. Cant believe I just wasted 5 minutes reading this blog.

  • Adri

    Umm aren’t there black parents who have their child’s hair falling OUT and breaking off? I know being black doesn’t make you a hair expert. So many of us cannot be talking about Angelina Whenever I’m on the train in DC, I’m appalled by the unhealthy damaged hair. Don’t get me started about the BAD weaves and perms for babies. Now how many of these kids have black parents? Most likely they all do. This is ridic. The girl has braids. They’re blue. If you can’t have blue hair as a kid…when can you?

  • So Over This Ish

    I think it looks cute, but that’s just me. Sometimes I think outlandish hair colors look better on Black girls than other people because the melanin in brown skin just gives the hair color that extra “oomph”.

    Zahara is as cute as can be, no matter what her hair looks like. She can rock any hairstyle (and blue braids!) and still be adorable.

  • Candy Barr

    I teach, and see soooo many teen-aged sisters who have all kinds of colors going through their hair. I am doubting that the author has never seen a sister with pink, green, blue, orange, and yellow hair. I certainly have.

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