Celebrity stylist Andre Walker has enraged natural hair fans by suggesting that kinky hair should be treated with chemicals.
Walker was Oprah Winfrey’s hair stylist for 25 years, but has now come in for a lot of criticism.
He told Elle magazine: “Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing.”
The natural hair movement is becoming big among African-Americans. Pro-natural campaigners say it’s a political issue.
Black celebrities who straighten their hair such as Naomi Campbell and Rihanna have also been criticised.
However, Walker later posted this statement on his blog, according to the Globe and Mail: “I leave the political correctness of ‘going straight’ or staying natural to a woman’s personal preference … so for those who would like to engage me in a debate about who has more racial pride and self-esteem, based on hairstyle preference and use or non-use of chemical relaxers, know that I believe in personal freedom, and in the use of advanced technology when it yields positive results.”
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