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Ashanti blasted for saying that she has ‘good hair’

Ashanti's good hair comment

Twitter reacts to Ashanti’s good hair comment

During a recent sit-down with Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club,”
Ashanti made note that she has “good hair” because of its softness and abundance.

“I have nice hair, I ain’t even gon’ lie,” said Ashanti when asked about her sideburns that were shown in her “Foolish” video.

“So you know, when you have good hair, you’re hairy. You got sideburns. Some people love sideburns. So this is what I thought. On TV, on film and in pictures, it looks a little different [laughs] but when you [are] looking in the mirror … you know, you’re gelling it down, you know it’s soft,” she added to Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlemagne Tha God.

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An old photo of Ashanti’s real hair

“But on film and on camera, it may look a little different… it looks a little funny… So [now] I just make sure they look good on film, and on camera, and in person.”

When fans caught wind of her silly inference that softer hair is “good,”  they quickly took to Twitter to air out their grievances with the Braveheart chanteuse.

 

 

Check out Ashanti’s “Breakfast Club” interview below. What do you think about her “good hair” comment?

-danielle canada




47 Comments

  1. Ciera Chantál | CheckoutMyBlog on March 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

    People are petty.

    • Berry cakes on March 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Very petty. Can’t wait to be offended by anything so they can have something to say

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        • kt83 on March 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

          WOW!! Are you guys serious being upset about this? Did you at least consider the context in which this was said. Get a life why don’t you. There’s other things to be upset about then this!

      • Mama on March 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

        No people are conscious of the Willie Lynch syndrome and sick of ya’ll who still think it’s a game out here..

  2. J.b. on March 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    African-American women are getting upset that she said this because unfortunately we have been brainwashed to think “good hair” is long, straight hair. But that is so not the definition! Good hair is hair that is well taken care of so if you keep your hair nourished, trimmed, your hair can be a lot easier to care for which makes it “good hair” to that individual as posed to someone who doesn’t properly care for their hair which can result in damaged, dry hair that is not so easiy to manage. If she feels that because her hair is full and soft ( not sure what the soft was about because if someone has corse hair does that make it “bad” – absolutely NOT!) Nd that makes it easier to care for then that’s her opinion. But we really need to as AA women to get off this “good hair” because its similar to Caucasian or Asian hair………but that won’t anytime soon as long as AA women continue to put “silky Brazilian” or “virgin Malaysian” in their hair instead of rockin’ what God gave you. Don’t get me wrong weaves allow for versitility and a chance for your own hair to breathe but when you start thinking that by wearing this type of hair makes you a better person or even look better then you need to start looking inward and running to God for some help with your self esteem!

    • Simmone NW on March 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      “But we really need to as AA women to get off this “good hair” because its similar to Caucasian or Asian hair………but that won’t change anytime soon as long as AA women continue to put “silky Brazilian” or “virgin Malaysian” in their hair instead of rockin’ what God gave you. Don’t get me wrong weaves allow for versatility and a chance for your own hair to breathe but when you start thinking that by wearing this type of hair makes you a better person or even look better then you need to start looking inward and running to God for some help with your self esteem.”

      PREACH J.B.! I AGREE WITH YOUR STATEMENT 100%!

      The women that are so offended by what Ashanti said about having “good hair” is projecting their own insecurities onto Ashanti. These women have probably been hearing all their life that kinky hair is “bad hair” (pelo malo), so they automatically get offended when someone uses the soft and hairy to reference “good hair.” Ashanti has every right to think her hair is “good” no matter what the texture is. It grows out of her scalp, so she has a right to love her hair. Hair (no matter what the texture is) that is properly cared for is soft and manageable. If these women learn. I have seen caucasians, Hispanics, Indians, Asians, etc with damaged, unkempt, dry or greasy hair that looked like “bad” hair.

      • Happy2BeNappy on March 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        Thank You! And let me add these brainwashed barbies, are the first to holla natural nazi when a woman comes in rocking her God Given crown. All these busted looking weaves, too many tracks, extra shiny hanging on by a thread. Most of these chicks wearing them can’t even afford quality hair. Baffoons.

        • Junie on March 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

          NO, it’s Natural Hair women who holla ‘Natural Nazi’ quicker and louder than others. They started protesting and publishing Vids on Youtube about the foolishness and hype; along with their natural hair regimen & tutorials.

          *A woman can ‘Rock what God gave her’ anyway she likes: Curly, Straight, Relaxed, Natural or Texturized. “GOOD HAIR” is Strong- Healthy unprocessed or processed hair that is well maintained & treated-no matter the hair type. “BAD HAIR is Dry, Damaged, Brittle over-processed, fried (heat) or chemically bleached/dyed Natural or Relaxed Hair*—Natural Kinky Curly Marie (on Facebook)

    • Miz Duu on March 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Well let me first say I don’t normally comment on these discussion boards but felt the need to today.

      Although I agree with most of what you said J.b. I was not offended by Ashanti’s comments. I have good hair and I have sideburns and understand where Ashanti is coming from. I am “4c” more like 4e coarse haired black woman. Even when I had a perm it was more like a press because my hair never really got bone straight but I still think, scratch that, I still know I have good hair. Self praise is no recommendation so I am going by what people have told me when my hair was permed and in the last eight years or so since it hasn’t been. I have thick strong hair which is good to me.

      The problem is not so much that Ashanti and many of our sisters think that good hair is straighter, softer, or less kinky. The problem is that they don’t think that kinky, coily, curly hair is just as good. We are so busy trying to promote natural beauty that we are being just as biased. We need to teach our children about self love and embracing beauty no matter what that looks like. Remember black comes in many shades, from the lightest white with green eyes and freckles to the darkest blue black with black eyes and a broad nose. No matter thew shade or the thickness we need to love ourselves and love each other for who we are.

      • J.B. on March 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

        I was not offended by her comments either as you can tell from my response. She is entitled to her opinion, I was just wondering if one
        thinks that soft hair is good hair, then what is course hair considered, bad??? As it should not be.

        There is nothing wrong with promoting natural beauty…meaning you don’t have to do all this stuff to yourself whether it be makeup, clothing, body enhancements, plastic surgery or hair to make you beautiful. As this is taught to our youth and adults, then it goes without saying that you will learn to love yourself when you understand that those things don’t make you, what’s inside makes you…this article just so happens to be about “good hair”, so that is what was commented on. And actually it is a problem that we associate straight hair with “good hair” or aving what some would ignorantly say “white or Indian hair”, becasue obviously a deeper issue is at hand. African Americans are associated with having kinky, coily hair (not that we all have that texture)….so when we start saying something that is not the norm for us is considered better than what we were blessed with, then there is a serious issue within. Where does this stem from (we all know, but no time to get into this), we need to find the root so that we can flourish as an individual and as woman.

    • Junie on March 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Double Standard: Natural Hair Women wear those same weaves to no end, sometimes more often then “What God Gave them” just like Relaxed Hair women. Relaxed or Not AA women with some of the Highest Self- esteem you’ll ever run across have always worn weaves, extentions & Weaves to (protect) give their hair a break from styling, heat and over-manipulation. To GENERALIZE every AA woman because their people out their who don’t like hair or themselves is bogus.

      • J..B. on March 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

        Obviously you didn’t read or understand my statement…let me post it for you again….”Don’t get me wrong weaves allow for versitility and a chance for your own hair to breathe but when you start thinking that by wearing this type of hair makes you a better person or even look better then you need to start looking inward and running to God for some help with your self esteem!”

  3. Happy2BeNappy on March 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Chicks like her (and there are tons out there) are nuts- I see why Nelly bounced. Why is any American Black woman in 2014 saying good hair anyway?? Then ya’ll wanna holler natural nazi when somebody check this foolishness–wake up..My hair is mad coily, breaks combs, shines when it wants to, points to the sky and gets frizzy when you eff with it, but guess what? I still got GOOD HAIR. Still got my edges (most weaved out Barbies can’t say that) and my hair has all it’s thickness and density.. Cut it out..

  4. Happy2BeNappy on March 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Like Cassidy said.. “Lookin Ass B!tches”..

  5. atlsongbyrd on March 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    How the hell is weve good hair?! It’s not even your’s please!

  6. Demetrice Lee on March 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I have a mix of hair textures in my hair, my mother and dad is part Native American Chinese and Black, the women on my mom’s side of the family have this mix hair, it is crazy, because it is very course, some long, and frizzy, but it is very manageable when you condition, and brush it.

    • Tina Richards on March 7, 2014 at 3:14 am

      and just why do you think we need to know the hx of your hair texture…what is the point of making this statement?

      • Demetrice Lee on March 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        I can say anything I want to say, If I said I had good hair, you would be blasting me like this blog is blasting Ashanti, I am proud of my African American mixed coursed hair.

      • Theresa blah blah blah on June 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

        Exactly what I thought!!! Then her stupid ass rebuttal is she’s “proud of her mixed hair”, like WTF who’s proud of HAIR LMFAO
        Showing her lack of intelligence..

        • GTFOH! on June 15, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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          You need to write a blog sweetheart… lol

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          • GTFOH! on June 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

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            I actually liked your comebacks.

            They have a real snap to them… and funny as hell.

            Hope that’s not creepy… lol



          • Theresa blah blah blah on June 15, 2015 at 7:17 pm

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          • GTFOH! on June 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm

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          • Theresa blah blah blah on June 15, 2015 at 10:28 pm

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          • GTFOH! on June 15, 2015 at 10:56 pm

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          • Theresa blah blah blah on June 16, 2015 at 12:31 am

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          • Theresa blah blah blah on June 16, 2015 at 6:38 am

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          • GTFOH! on June 16, 2015 at 7:56 am

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          • Theresa blah blah blah on June 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

            “Quickies” aren’t my thing PERIOD!!! Lol I will NOT continue this discussion here…lol



          • GTFOH! on June 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

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  7. MY Beauty - Maureen on March 6, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    As mentioned by JB, unfortunately Black women have been brainwashed into believing that long, straight or wavy hair is ‘good hair’, and course, kinky hair isn’t. As a Black woman, and owner of my own beauty supply store, I can certainly attest to the popularity of weaves and this mentality, especially with the younger generations. The ‘straight hair equates to ‘good hair’ ‘ concept is one that has been around for almost a century since the 1920’s (and before) when applying a chemical agent to hair to straighten it became more prevalent. This was perpetuated through the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s; however, today the ‘good hair’ concept is attributed mostly to weave’s vs. natural as opposed to perms and relaxers.

    I myself have locs but had worn weaves for years. For me, it was just another style or hair solution to wear; something different. But here’s the thing: I love that Black women can be versatile and we have many options. There is nothing wrong with weaves, wigs, clip-ins, etc. It’s the attitude of the wearer. If wearing a weave makes you feel better about yourself, more confident, etc., by all means. But it needs to be kept in perspective. There are many woman I come across that have either gone through chemo, have alopecia, or other hair/scalp ailment. Weaves are miracle solutions for them. On the other hand, if the feeling is that you’re better than others because you have long, wavy hair, that’s a problem. Unfortunately there are many weave-wearers that have this attitude. I would deduce that most of the people offended by Ashanti’s comment may fall into this category or are too young (or don’t know) the history of Black hair.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to ridicule or criticize women who don’t wear their natural hair. Everyone has their reasons for wanting to go natural or not. It’s a choice that each woman makes. If it’s not for you, that’s your choice. If it’s not for the next woman, that’s her choice and not anyone’s business because everyone is not privy to their reasons. Just keep it in perspective.

  8. Reen on March 7, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Love the interview! The hair thing was a really small part. No big deal! It was much more to that interview. It was too funny. All this type of petty stuff does is completely the opposite…rather than turn people against it can give her more positive publicity. Like myself I may have never saw this great interview had I not come across this small controversy about have hair.

  9. Tina Richards on March 7, 2014 at 3:09 am

    people please, stop the sensitivity and pettiness. Most, I mean ALL, AA have heard this term when among our circle of family, friends or ilk. Apparently, she felt comfortable using this jargon on this show.

  10. Junie on March 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Nothing offensive about what she said. Yes, Ashanti has Good Hair Not because it’s soft & straight but because it’s Healthy, Strong and well maintained. Same goes for Kinky Hair.

    I like the following:
    “A woman can ‘Rock what God gave her’ anyway she likes: Curly, Straight, Relaxed, Natural or Texturized. “GOOD HAIR” is Strong- Healthy unprocessed or processed hair that is well maintained, nourished & treated-no matter the hair type. “BAD HAIR is Dry, Damaged, Brittle over-processed, fried (heat) or chemically bleached/dyed Natural Hair OR Relaxed Hair”—*Natural Kinky Curly Marie* (on Facebook)

  11. kelly on March 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    leave her alone we all been in high school with the girls with the good hair …i used to describe these girls as .YOU KNOW THE GIRL WITH THE PRETTY HAIR! SO DONT HATE ON HER CAUSE HE KNOWS HER HAIR … SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN REPECTED CAUSE HER HAIR AINT KINKY ..SHE can dam well wear her own hari se choose to wear lacefronts and wigs sometime to spiceit up NOW BEYONCE IS A BAD HEADED b..ich ! lol i saw her on line without her wig and i said OMG ..I THOUGHT QUEEN BE HAD HAIR …SHE GREW SOME BACK WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT BUT STILL SHE HAS PATCHES I HEAR … ASANTI IS A NATURAL BEAUTY …I HATE HER RAT TEETH SMILE , AND HER ARMS R NOT THAT GREAT LOOKING BUT SHE A REAL NICE BODY … FOR REAL

    • Theresa blah blah blah on June 15, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Respected cause her hair ain’t kinky???? You’re a fucking moron

      • GTFOH! on June 15, 2015 at 8:16 pm

        Damn…

        Why did that sound sexy af.

        I might need you to curse a brother out

        lol

        (I’m joking. Don’t do that.I tend to curse back. But it was kinda sexy… 😉 )

  12. kelly on March 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    AA WOMEN ARE THE 2ND BIG MONEY MARKET IN THE HAIR BUSINESS. . we wear weaves wigs, need perms and hair grease , contioners is hugh … madam c j walker who invented the straightening comb and hair grease …had us in mind ,, she created these products not for the fine hair blacks ,but for the kinky hair sisters .. and children … there was a time diana ross and all the motown ladies didnt wear perms ,cause there were non .. perms came about late 70s …. not 60s .. so areath franklin ,daina and the supremes , the vandels and all the motown ladies wore wigs .. pressin combs didnt work cause it was hot and they had to travel all the time .so they needed to be together wnen they got on stage .no quest work on the hair ..nobody had capabilites or money to have a hair dresser on tour .. on the chit lin circuit lol.. bu anyway .. so these women had real nice hair uner those wigs .. they come out those wigs in the 70s and wore naturals ….just kinky soft curls a afro was cool ,cut and sexy ..nobody looked down on nobody …a afro was the shi…t okkk… i look back a my moms old school photos from the 70s but now days ..it different we forgot .. some black women never had to wear a wig …. lena horn , dorthy dandredge … and many more .. so we always had black with so called good hair WHAT IS GOOD HAIR? ….SPIKE LEE SCHOOL DAZE ..SHOWED US WHAT IT WAS ..REMEMBER WHEN THEY DID THE MUSICAL GOOD AND BAD HAIR ????? WELL THAT IS WHAT IT IS TOO US … WHITE PEOPLE .. NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH OUR HAIR …. THIS IS INNER RACE RACISM ..as usual ,its always us hatin on our selves ….. a black woman will single out her own kids who have the best looking hari ,and call it good hair … messing with the self esteme of the other kids …
    no one needs to pretend we have a serious complex bout hair ..beautify parlors are suffering now cause balck women are starting to wear our own hair again … and wigs are popular …. to save hair i wear a wig ,but my hair is thick and long ..i just like the versatitiy and flow of the wig …. a lot of times we want permed straight hair to please men …. if we were all on a island with no men we would definantly be butt naked and wearing a fro.. all of us LMAAAO … BUT WE LIVE ON THIS EARTH WITH MEN WHO… ARE JUST AS FAR FROM US …FROM UNDERSTANDINGTHE TRUE BEAUTY OF THE AFRICAN WOMANS HAIR…. PRINCE IS A MAN AND OBSESSED WITH HIS HAIR SO WAS MICHEAL JACKSON … SO that tells you there what men are preferring .. both of them proclaim to be straight , but like their hair straight too llol .prince kill me …. with his sweet self he might as well come out ..i predict a big ass scandal coming with him and some celeberity man …soon he is sneaky and hiding some thing in that big asss mansion … LOVE PRINCE THO