Andre Walker Does Damage Control

I was on TheManeSource’s blog and ran across this article. She is hilarious.

Andre Walker:

“Recently, in an interview with Elle Magazine, I repeated my professional opinion about caring for Type 4 hair, often referred to as kinky hair. Here’s what I said in Elle:”

“I always recommend embracing your natural texture. Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that’s the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional relaxing”.
When it comes to curly and kinky hair (there is a difference), I leave the political correctness of “going straight” or staying natural to a woman’s personal preference. Once again, my advice is based on how to best achieve strong, healthy hair. 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, which many of today’s (versus yesterday’s) chemical relaxers do deliver.

It is a fact that kinky hair (my Type 4 definition) is extremely fragile and breaks easily. Even when you are very careful, something as simple as combing can break this texture. It is very difficult to achieve a longer length when the hair breaks, even with simple combing. That being said, there is the style option of wearing braids, dreads, or twists, which allows the hair to grow longer because it is combed less often. Another style choice is to simply wear a shorter cut, which is very attractive on some women but just not right for others.

So when I say to embrace your natural texture, but consider relaxing kinky hair, am I contradicting myself? I don’t think so! You see, even relaxed hair can still be worn naturally. If you want a natural look, but find that your kinky hair is difficult to manage, breaks too easily, lacks shine and luster, and limits your preferred styling options, I say feel free to consider a mild chemical relaxer, sometimes called a texturizer, that eases your hair to a more manageable texture and allows you to Make Peace With Your Hair.

For those who don’t know who he is, he is Oprah’s hairstylist. This is just an excerpt but you can read the full article here.

I’m gonna be honest, this article made ZERO sense to me and he just did it to say that he came back and corrected himself. 

“Relaxed hair can be worn naturally?”

What does that even mean?? O_o

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  1. F*ck that b*tch and all he stands for. You’re a “professional” but won’t direct women on how to properly care for a specific texture…basically he caters to textures he deems more “manageable”. Eff outta here. My hair is perfect and wonderfully made. Who gon’ check me boo? No damn body. He needa fall back just like that hairline of his.

    1. littlewing says:

      lmfaoooo yes. everything about this <3 Who's really trying to get hair advice from someone whose hair starts in the middle of their head though. He's completely illogical and inaccurate.

  2. My name is not Andre Walker but….I think he was trying to say that chemically altered well taken care of hair retains moisture and gets less tangles then natural well taken care of hair. Therefore it retains length easier and in his mind, is more manageable. If manageable means that you can run a comb through it in 10 seconds flat, then I would have to agree with him on that. I can definitely ” manage” my natural hair but it is not more manageable then my relaxer was.

    That being said, I have natural hair and have no intentions of getting a relaxer. However, I am not a natural hair Nazi

    If the discussion is about healthy hair with length retention(setting aside relaxers effect on the brain), then a person would have to chose what fits them and their lifestyle. I know people who have no trouble taking care of relaxed hair but sucked at taking care of natural hair. On the flip side, there are people whose hair cannot tolerate relaxers and will only retain length without them.

    If their intention is to have long healthy hair, then they would have to chose the method that works best for them.

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