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  • India's Hair On The Grammy's

     

    So modern fro = serious bedhead??

    There is plenty more by way of styling effort and creativity in hairstyles represented in member albums on this board. We've all seen beautiful styles on this board, and that's not what I'm seeing at all when I look at the pictures from last night.

    In my opinion the argument is not whether that style is appropriate for a formal event but whether its appropriate for any public venue.

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    I find the comments interesting that Indiaàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢s hair was a refreshing break from straight perm look wigs and weaves.

    And maybe that is part of what I was looking for.

    One of the discussions that I have had with others on the board which is also a concern of many who are thinking about going nappy is the perception that nappy canàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t be glamorous.

    Maybe this is a better articulation of what I was thinking... her hair looks pedestrian, common, ordinary...

    Not that there isnàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t anything wrong with the everyday look, but it wasnàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t an everyday run of the mill event.

    If someone on the fence came in here and said that they couldnàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t go nappy because you canàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t polish nappy hair, nappy hair isnàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t glamorous, nappy hair isnàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t sexy...

    If she said the India Arie look is cool for a casual kick it look but what is she supposed to do when she need to àƒ¢â‚¬à…go somewhereàƒ¢â‚¬à‚.

    You know we would all rally round and show her that her hair can be just as glamorous and polished, in fact more so as a perm. Pulling up pictures of beautiful and elaborate nappy styles.

    But as soon as we say it we push back against the very idea of polish and glamour and nappy as being some form of nap betrayal...

    I still donàƒ¢â‚¬â„¢t get it.

    Maybe its because that we have had to defend nappy for so long that we would strike anyone down who would dare say anything against it.

    Maybe because we are still smarting from imposed shame, its hard being strong and holding your head up, turning the other cheeck too often can make you real pissed off.

    Question: do you think the day will come when nappy is a widely accepted standard that we will divide ourselves between the polished, groomed, manicured, product users and the wash and go, free form minimalist.

    Just thinking aloud ~W

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    I loved her hair and thought she looked great! I knew it was a wig, but hey. Fierce!

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    When my hair was loose, I wore my hair just like this in corporate America all the time. I never had any problems and don't really see why the hairstyle isn't "corporate". I guess this is why people always assume that nappies who wear there hair loose are poets, musicians, singers, or artists; even our fellow 'nappies' label our hair 'corporate' or 'not corporate'..
    The issue is not whether "nappy" is corporate. The issue is that some styles are considered more professional àƒ¢â‚¬â even among naturals. Now, if you were able to rock that type of style in your corporate environment, then praise God. But, I know at least a few environments that might frown on certain styles àƒ¢â‚¬â regardless of whether the wearers are black or white.

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    Yep. I loved India Arie's look. I sat in the front row at one of her recent concerts and I must say this girl really captivated me and the audience. Her style is fab. No one can do a headwrap that comes out perfect while singing a song without skipping a beat. You guys are forgetting what song she was nominated for "Not my Hair". I smiled when I caught a glimpse of her at the Grammy's and felt her look really matched who she is and the occasion. Beyonce's hair looked like doll hair and I would not say that about a weave that is well done with nice hair. You guy's don't remember the 70s Grammys shows do ya!

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    And maybe that is part of what I was looking...

    WC, I think it's just really a matter of difference of opinion on India's hairstyle. I am a person who doesn't think all styles are cute just because they are done on nappy hair. I also am a person who thinks certain natural styles are more professional looking than others.

    In this case, I think this style falls totally in line with India's style and she is a person who can pull the wild look off in a formal setting. Not everyone can do that, but some can. The 1st pic of Cynthia McKinney, I agree looks a hot mess. However, IMO it's more of how it looks on her, rather than the style itself. The Grammys may dress more formal than other music awards shows; however, still it's a music award show where you have rock artists and other musical artists that step to beat of their own drum. So for me, India is just representing her true style. Now, I can agree she probably could have worn a dressier outfit. But for me the hair and the outfit are separate issues. This isn't about anything goes because it's nappy for me, I truly like the style on HER.

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    That one side is just too "fly away" for me....

    i loved it!

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    Both are full and wild IMO... the difference one is...

    i dont think one looks more professional than the other. it's the same shape just the second picture she has put product in her hair that defines her curls. defined coils to me doesnt automatically mean polished/professional and undefined hot mess..

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    I agree, she looks fabulous.

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    India looked "a hot mess". She should have rocked a twist out or some braids. The look was too casual and too messy and unfinished. Her dress was cute though. Also, it would have looked better if she didn't have that one piece sticking straight up. Everything else from the jewelry, shoes, dress was cute. That's my two cents. I was really disappointed 'cause she's so pretty.

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    I think in the pic, she looks good. That's something I would rock.

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    ITA!!That's looking like the nappy pinnacle to me. That's basically my hair goal, a big ole freedom fro. This has to be one of her best looks EVER!!!

    To the op: We're all entitled to our personal tastes, so don't feel bad if you don't like a certain hairstyle. You don't have to hail every natural, but I think it's understandable and part of developing a consciousness about hair textures.

    I don't subscribe to any ideas that we're some nappy amoeba or herd. Isn't it wonderful that we can HAVE nappy hits and misses? (though i don't think this one is There are so many styling options out there and that's progress. I was in a twa rut for about 10 of my 16 natural years.

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    eta: On a fashion note, I liked the dress from the close up when I thought it was long. I'm not into short dresses for the most part. So that took away from the overall look to me.

    That said, formal is as formal does. Corporate is as corporate does. There are a blessed few of us left who aren't hardliners on these terms. Too much work trying to satisfy the tastemakers, rule creators. And for the record, when I grew my fro out before I did wear my free fro to a formal event. I've done the same with baldies. Clothing, pomp, and fuss tend to indicate "formal" to people...along with exclusivity.

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    Y'all like to scared me to death when I was scrolling down not the hair the crazy eyes.

    I just had to chime in to say I loved India's hair, dress, earrings, make-up the whole thing and when the Spring time comes I will be wearing some version of that hair. I say a version cause thanks to being natural my hair is too long to just do that straight out . I'm bragging :P !!

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    To the op: We're all entitled to our personal tastes,...

    thanks moonchild.. after reading all these replies, I literally started to question my own nappihood and was starting to feel as if I wasn't "nappily concious" enough because I didn't care for the style.. although you have your opinion and I have mine.. thanks for understanding my position

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    Sweetie, in ANY journey don't drop one set of shackles and pick up new ones. I heard you loud and clear and to me it's progress that we even GET to debate natural styles. Your "nappihood" gets to be decidely private and, sometimes, it will intersect effortlessly with another.

    ~mc~

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    Her hair is gorgeous! I was expecting to see like blue streaks and some gold glitter in her hair or some Ceily plaits or something....

    And it looks like a weavity weave but I could be wrong....but if it is a weave I sure does want me one

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    I thought she looked great! I dont know about the dress though. I believe her mother makes clothes so maybe she was supporting her family? It is a cute dress. I just think the fabric looks too heavy. (I know its winter) just my opinion.

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    Well one thing is certain it was original. I think she looked pretty.

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    Her hair was HOTT!

    I love the "messy" look. I sometimes feel like the neat round afro is boring and slightly masculine looking. I like that for when I want to confuse the masses since I don't wear makeup and am often taken as a 12-year-old boy when I put on certain clothes with my hair certain ways.

    On my really feminine days I try for a messy for or a puff. Am I the only one?

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    Indie's hair looks nice, but I do think it would be more suitable for a less formal event. But then again, these women have been going to these events almost naked since Toni Braxton wore a dress that looked like toilet paper a few years back. So, I guess the term 'formal' is subjective these days. Now back to Indie....I wouldn't be surprised if that ugmo dress, those saucer sized earrings, and the whodunnit shoes lands her on the worst dressed list. I've seen her in much better formal wear before.

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    fftop: If this thread was about her DRESS I would agree _eek13: She didn't have an elegant look! but what do I know about fashion??

    Anywho, I liked her hair from a distance, but up close she looked like she needed a trim! I like the messy look but her ends were a little TO ratty for this kinda event, you can wear a fro and look elegant (even a "messy" one), as long as you take the time to make it that way.

    And I figured this thread would turn out the way it did, but moonchild is right, at least we can debate on the ways to wear our Natural hair in various evens rather than the alternative (ragging on her because her nappy roots were showing through the straight weave)

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    I think she looked ok, it worked for her only because she india. It was just ok but because she a beautiful girl anyway it looked FAMOUS, like a STAR.

    I just hope many were inspired!!!!

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    I agree

    and when others comment on the black woman from congress hair (sorry I do not know her name or remember it...Cynthia?) saying the first picture was unkempt and the 2nd one is more appropriate, I dont agree....because for one, some people's natural hair texture, unmanipulated looks just like that....the second one has more definition to it (ie curly appearance) is that what makes it acceptable? As my momma would say "don't go there"

    But yeah, after looking at more pics of India I am not feeling that hair too much:
    it looks too fake
    that hair sticking up on top is killing me! Had it been more uniformed with the rest of the hair it would look a little better...but for a moment I can cut her some slack cause if this was her hair, I know from experience sometimes you can have that one stubborn piece of hair that wants to do its own thing no matter how much you try to tame it....

    And that gawd awful dress From the cropped picture I thought she was showing off! Im just not feeling the look overall...too much going on at one time....big hair, big earrings, gold accent...big N looking thing in the front....casual shoes.....I swear I need to be a celeb stylist!

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    Here's another pic. Hmm, not so great to me here,...

    I agree the left side is too much for me, that may be because I'm conservative, but I like the highlights.

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    Both are full and wild IMO... the difference one is...

    I agree. India should have worn a twist out or braids. She looked like "a hot mess". Everything else was cute except the hair. It looked to undone. Just 'cause you're natural doesn't mean you can wear your hair any kind of way. Hair is still hair. And some styles fit certain times, ages, mode, etc.

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    I thought her hair was cute. I don't think it was her's though. .. when they did a close up of her on the red carpet with Joan & Melissa, you could see what looked like braids at the root. I love that she is who she is & isn't afraid to be just that. She was asked something about her favorite songs & she mentioned "I am not my hair" and she said something like "that's the reason for all this" while pointing to her hair. I loved it & I love her!

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    I missed the Grammy's, but thought her hair was very cute in the pictures.

    I used to wear my hair like that when it was longer, but not very often bc it would get too tangly if I slept on it and I didn't have the patience to braid it up every night.

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    I don't know peeps. The more I look, the more...I just don't know. At least she is herself. new pic below with better lighting

    http://concreteloop.com/?attachment_id=10463

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    Love it!

    Like Swingbolder, I, too, have worn my hair similarly, but not too often 'cause of the tangling factor...

    - Tania

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