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: 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?

  • 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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