What is good hair? Good hair is healthy hair. Real simple, right? Wrong. There is this weird debate about good vs. bad hair in the Black community that is taking place online and IRL (edit: in real life ) everyday. It’s so popular that Tyra Banks dedicated an entire show to the foolishness. Sigh…
I hate when Tyra does race shows. It’s usually one-sided and represents some extreme that I just can’t relate to. Seriously, who can forget the “skin bleaching” show or the “I want to look white so bad I wore a hood and posed as a member of the KKK while my white friends laughed at me” show. Point Blank… Tyra’s race shows are annoying and this one was no exception.
It started with the delusional sister who hates her natural hair, but claims her own relaxed hair has something called a “white girl flow”. Pause… That was followed by a woman admitting to relaxing her three year old daughter’s hair with a relaxer from root to tip with a video to boot. The child was crying out because the relaxer was eating at her scalp. And let’s not forget the mom who is too ashamed to introduce her daughter to her friends and colleagues because… GASP… her daughter is newly natural.
The only bright moments of the show featured a young woman whose hair was loced and the authors of the great book, Hair Story. It was not balanced at all. The girl with the locs spoke for a very brief amount of time at the end of her segment, and the experts views were probably overlooked due to the craziness on the stage. I wish Tyra would have brought a Trichologist on the show to explain what chemical relaxers do to your scalp and hair over time. At least people watching would be able to make an informed decision before getting their hair relaxed. I wish Tyra would have actually had the authors of Hair Story on the stage. Why were they just chilling in the audience? I wish Tyra would pay for therapy for the idiot mothers on the panel who will go back home and continue to tell these young girls that their hair is BAD. I just wish she would have spent just a little time on educating her audience that the only good hair is healthy hair. This show was just an epic FAIL.