I decided to choose Gabrielle Douglas this week for my Celeb HAIRstyle of the Week! Even though last week I chose an Olympian and I already posted an article about Gabby’s hair, it really bothers me that she is being so ridiculed.
To be honest with you, I usually don’t care too much about sports or even the Olympics, but for some reason, I feel really drawn to Gabby. Her story is just so amazing and I love how she moves on her floor routine. She has all this charisma, charm, and grace all packed into her tiny body.
Watch this video, and tell me it doesn’t give you the chills:
Anyways, I have watched so many interviews with her and her family, all of her Olympic routines and a bunch of other footage and I have really never understood what the problem with her hair was. Don’t get me wrong; I’m obviously not African-American, and I don’t really get many opportunities to work with black hair since there are not too many African-Americans where I live, so I guess it really isn’t my forte. However, I STILL don’t see any problems with her hair.
I understand that her hair is slicked back and doesn’t look its best while she is performing, but have you ever looked at any of the other gymnasts’ hair when they perform? They all do the same thing. There is a reason for it.
Gabby’s mother, Natalie Hawkins stated in an interview question about her daughter’s hair, “When I first saw that, I was confused, because I was looking at the pictures and I’m thinking, ‘I’m missing it,’ ’cause I don’t see what they’re talking about. I mean, she doesn’t have fly-aways all stickin’ out. It’s not like it’s, ya know all over her head. It’s pulled back into that ponytail. And I guess a lot of people don’t realize sometimes when you put the hair in the bun, because they’re tumbling, and the speed at which you’re tumbling is so fast, a lot of times, it just spins right out. And if it’s too long, it’ll whip you in the face, or can catch you in the eye. People call it the messy ponytail, but you know how they pull it through, but they don’t pull it all the way through, and it stops at a certain point. But that keeps it from moving. But a lot of people don’t realize that.”
Dominique Dawes replied “And I’ve actually entered a lot of questions about that, and as an athlete, you are not focused on your appearance or you’re not gonna make those achievements, and those historic achievements that your daughter has been able to make.”
Hawkins also talks about how everyone talks about natural (African) hair and how people have always tried to convince her to go natural.
Anyways, I think she has beautiful hair, and it looks really cute and pretty when she is not performing. Once again, I’m not that skilled with African hair, but I believe that she just flat-irons it and has no relaxer or extensions. She is a beautiful girl and has awesome hair!
If you don’t like her hair, focus on the other good stuff she has accomplished.
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For those of you that don’t know, Gabby Douglas just won a gold medal for both the Women’s Gymnastics Individual All-Around and Team All-Around.
Douglas, standing tall at 4’11”, was nicknamed the “flying squirrel” for her amazing ability to work the aerial bars. She is the first woman of African descent to become an all-around champion, and the first American Gymnast to win the gold for both the individual and team all-around. Let me clarify what “all-around” means. It means she won the gold for the overall score of all women’s gymnastics events, including the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She is 16 years old and has devoted her entire life, including sacrificing her family and body to become an Olympic Gold Medalist. She is the poster child for women empowerment.
However, the twitter community has more to talk about than her good form and execution. All anyone can talk about is her hair:
People, this is RE-DICULOUS!
As a professional, I think she looks absolutely beautiful. Look at the picture at the top of this post. Her hair looks awesome. She ROCKS natural beauty! Now, while she is performing, you know, representing your country, fulfilling her DREAM, I’m sure her hair is the last thing on her mind. Look at all gymnasts; their hair is always slicked back. She doesn’t want to deal with her hair flying in her face, when she is doing triple crazy back-flips. No way.
I think everyone should focus on the good: She broke records and accomplished something that no other black female has accomplished. She’s an amazing girl and an inspiration. And she is absolutely beautiful.
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This week I chose Elizabeth Beisel as my celeb HAIRstyle of the week.
For those of you that don’t know who she is, she won the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics for the 400m individual medley (swimming, in layman’s terms).
She seems really down to earth and cool in the interviews I’ve watched, which makes me like her even more.
Mostly, I just really love her hair. It is definitely her natural curl and I don’t think she does much to it. I mean, she spends countless hours a day training and is always in the water, so why would she worry about it? Luckily for her, she was blessed with an amazing mane that requires no maintenance. Out of all of the Olympic Athletes this year, she definitely has the best hair.
If you want your hair to look like hers, I would recommend a perm. Even though her hair is natural, she has perfect ringlet curls that can be produced through a perm. Be careful though, not to perm bleached hair (like hers appears to be), because it will really fry your hair. I’ve also seen perms not take on bleached hair. Opt for a blonde color (which is different from bleach). Then to style it, just wash and wear.
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