Don’t crown Solange Knowles the queen of the natural hair movement just yet.
“My hair is not very important to me… so I don’t encourage it to be important to you,” wrote the singer in a series of tweets about natural hair.
Solange says she brought up the issue after someone noticed the “constant hair comments” on her Instagram photos and pointed her to an article on the topic.
She continued: “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…This 4th time did not define me, just as it had not the previous 3 times.”
The article in question points out that when it comes to natural hair, there is a bias towards celebrating curly hair types like Tracee Ellis Ross’s more than the tightly coiled coifs of the Solange’s of the world. “Why are not more tightly coiled naturals regarded as hair idols?” writes blogger Moderne Meid.
Solange added that she’d never painted herself as “a team natural vice president,” before ending with the tweet: “i don’t want to talk about no damn hair, no mo.”
The songstress recently told ESSENCE that she was surprised by how people reacted to her going natural. “I honestly was just tired of the energy surrounding my hair,” she said. “So when I cut it, I didn’t think about what anyone else would think.”