Gabby Douglas may have won two gold medals at the Olympics, but all everyone could talk about was her hair. She didn’t seem to mind it at the time, and even told haters that she was going to keep her hairstyle. But now that Douglas is a household name, media fixture, and Beyoncé’s BFF, she’s enlisted the help of celeb hair stylist Ted Gibson.
Most of the criticism came from women of color, who usually have a love-hate relationship with their hair, says Gibson.
“I couldn’t believe it and still can’t. You have this young girl doing amazing things, and the conversation becomes about her hair? It was ridiculous and shameful. Women of color spend millions and millions of dollars on their hair to look good, so we know how seriously we take the issue of hair. Oprah Winfrey told me once when I was on her show that ‘our hair is our crowning glory.’ I have to say I agree with Oprah.”
Gibson didn’t spill any deets on Douglas’s future cuts or hairstyles, but did say that her team reached out to him in the wake of the controversy, and that he wanted to create “something that’s easy and looks great no matter what she’s doing or where she is” that “makes her feel good about herself as well”.
We love Douglas so much that we love her hair as it is. But we’re curious to see what she and Gibson come up with — and whether it does anything to silence everyone who doesn’t.