In 2013, Beyoncé was busy shutting down the internet, regularly.
That year not only did she release her self-titled visual album, but she also debuted a new hairstyle: the pixie cut ala Halle Berry.
Members of her devoted following, The BeyHive, and haters alike questioned if the pixie-cut was actually Bey's real hair length that was hidden underneath the lace-front wigs she wore to perform. While others believed that Yoncé chopped off the long tresses they saw her with since her Destiny's Child days.
This 2013 debate resurged when the "Drunk In Love" superstar's hairstylist, Neal Farinah posted several photos of her from when she presented the Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin Kaepernick. In the captions of the photos, Farinah wrote: "SAY WHAT ALL NATURAL #EDGESSNATCH," and "SLAY ME THAT NATURAL CURLY HAIR @beyonce."
Commenters responded to his captions by saying they believe Bey was indeed wearing natural hair that was not her own. This ignited some shady clapbacks from Beyoncé's camp and BeyHive.
The Hive Buzzes Back
Farinah posted a video (below) reminding people Black women are not the only ones who wear wigs or extensions and shouldn't be shamed for their choices. He continued to school social media followers by telling them just because Black women adorn their heads with weaves, it doesn't mean their natural hair is not healthy nor long.
A post shared by Neal Farinah (@nealfarinah) on Dec 11, 2017 at 7:33pm PST
The debate got so heated, Beyoncé mother joined in by posting an off-guard photo (seen below) of Lemonade hit-maker, with the following caption: "INCHES!!!! So happy my baby’s hair grew back !! She is going to get me."
INCHES!!!! So happy my baby’s hair grew back !! She is going to get me A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Dec 16, 2017 at 3:54pm PST
Here's how social media responded to Bey's hairstylist and mother justifying her long-hair-don't-care looks:
Ya'l mad Beyoncé's hair looks like The Brazilian bundles Ya'l been saving for since last fall
— Groove Theory is an (@NielsenCurrent) December 17, 2017
Beyoncé’s hair is real. Beyoncé’s ass is real. Beyoncé is real, and everybody needs to deal. — poison iv (@ErYeezy) December 17, 2017
Beyoncé on IG with her natural hair like pic.twitter.com/d5zk2ILdud
— maff. (@MathewNoKnowles) December 17, 2017
beyoncé loses her pregnancy weight = fake beyoncé grows her hair for 4 years = fake y'all can't even hide it anymore, so obvious lmao — é (@likeliquor) December 17, 2017
I’m confused as to why it’s so hard to believe Beyoncé has hair
— Eboni (@enticingebbs) December 17, 2017
I can see it now. "So black queens, Beyoncé rocking her hair without weave. Y'all doing that in 2018?" — Lesa (@LesaMonroe) December 17, 2017
Her Mom and Kim Kimble did it to combat the damage done to her hair from the coloring. Tina was devastated. Because of the damage L’Oréal used to inspect her natural hair thus her wearing weaves and wigs. Beyoncé’s hair journey is out there to read but people never listen to
— Akiresatmidnight (@AkiresHenri) December 17, 2017
Y’all are so used to being lied to, you think Beyoncé would lie about childbirth or her hair. Y’all make me so tired... — maff. (@MathewNoKnowles) December 17, 2017
Racism/colorism is bringing up the fact that Beyoncé is Creole as an explanation for her hair growth
— Jaila (JAY-luh) (@jaichanellie) December 17, 2017
Neal is dragging the girls on Instagram for questioning Beyoncé’s Real hair. pic.twitter.com/sqcB0IXMqR — Beysus † Godga (@BeyLovesGaga) December 13, 2017
The truth of the matter is, due to racism and colorism, Black women are not expected to have long hair because traditional media projects to us that only women who are from European, Asian or Aboriginal descent can only have flowing tresses or a certain type of texture. However, if one carefully does their research hair length and texture is solely based on family genetics, not race. It is also based on haircare needs and styles.
Slay on, Bey!