Solange Knowles proudly defends her afro after critics call her natural hair 'unkempt' and 'dry as heck'
22:07 GMT, 12 June 2012
Solange Knowles has been forced to defend her natural afro hair after it was slammed by critics who called it 'unkempt' and 'dry as heck'.
The 25-year-old singer has proudly embraced her natural hair for the past three years, becoming something of a poster girl for the look.
She was attacked by several critics who responded to a recent online interview about her haircare secrets. One even compared her natural locks to those of a homeless person.
Freedom: Solange Knowles has defended her natural look after critics said her afro looks 'unkempt' and 'dry as heck'. The singer, and younger sister of Beyonce, chopped her long locks off in 2009
Many were clearly unimpressed
with the style, which was originally crafted by the singer in an
attempt to feel liberated rather than shackled by her locks as many
women with unruly hair do.
One person posted: 'Sure, it's 'natural', but when homeless becomes a look, I don't want nuttin [sic] ta [sic] do wit [sic] it!'
The singer took to her Twitter page last week to defend her hair style, which some also claimed was a deliberate attempt to differentiate herself from older sister Beyonce, 30.
She posted on June 7: 'I cut my hair ALL off 4 times in my life all for very different reasons….I only reiterate this because this is nothing new for me'.
She had said in the interview with Essence magazine, which attracted comments when it was published on Curlynikki.com: 'I actually love my natural hair when it's in a twist out and it's been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower.'
Actress Thandie Newton, who is also allowing her natural curls to run wild, said earlier this year: 'The stigma with some black women seems to be that “nappy hair” (natural afro hair) is almost
as bad as loo roll trailing from your shoe.'
Different: Beyonce (left) and Solange Knowles (right), seen above in New York in September, sport unique hair styles. Beyonce often straightens her long locks or wears wigs while Solange prefers the natural look
But it seems many other women are letting their hair fall freely.
decided to stop straightening her own head of rich curls in a bid to discourage her two children Ripley and
Nico from feeling insecure about their natural curls.
longtime friend and make-up artist Kay Montano: 'I didn't want my
daughters to judge their beautiful curls.'
Similar: Actress Thandie Newton, seen above in London in February, has also starting wearing her natural curls during red carpet events
Solange's hair certainly cuts a different silhouette to that of her mega star sister.
Beyonce, on one hand, is renowned for
her elaborate hair styles which range from tightly-bound up dos and
beach-curled waves to straightened manes and only sometimes, the natural
But her little sister told Oprah Winfrey in 2009 that she is done with shaping her unruly curls.
After admitting that she once spent
between $40,000 and $50,000 per year on maintaining her hair, she said:
'It's a whole situation, you are basically submitting yourself to your
hair… everything becomes a schedule.'
Post-chop, she said she felt 'free'.
She claimed that cutting her hair off was a sign of liberation before admitting to the talk show host that she also committed to the cut after developing a dislike for her long hair.
'I felt like when I took my weave out, I wasn't pretty, I wasn't noticeable,' she said.
Oddly, now she has claimed that she does not care about her hair very much at all.
Despite the singer's ever-changing feelings about her locks, her critics are certain about one thing – they don't like it.
One comment read: 'Her hair looks dry as heck. I would never take hair/product advice from her. Her wigs look better than her real hair.'
It continued: 'Who cares what she uses From the looks of her hair, I want to stay far away from her techniques and products.'
Another comment read: 'A fan of natural hair but definitely think Solange hair [sic] looks a bit unkempt.
'Just because you have natural hair it doesn't mean go around with your hair looking any kind of way,' it continued. 'I guess some people think hair that looked like it just rolled out of bed is beautiful because it's natural.'