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Gabby Douglas gets hair makeover from celebrity stylist (Picture)

One of the most inane controversies of the London Olympics was about Gabby Douglas’ hair. While the 16-year-old was busy competing for gold medals, she was being trashed on social media by some for what they perceived to be an embarrassing hairstyle. I didn’t see any of the criticism because obviously I’m not following the right people on Twitter, but it was pretty rampant.

Hairstyle is apparently a source of pride among African-American women, so while many of them won’t ever be famous or compete for gold medals, the one area they think they can top Douglas is in the style department. Let’s put aside how misplaced the priorities of the women who spend $200 at the salon while falling behind on their bills are, and ignore how pathetic it is to criticize a 16-year-old who’s competing in athletics for unkempt hair. Why? Because those women now no longer have ammunition.

Douglas, her agent, and manager got together with celebrity stylist Ted Gibson and asked him to give the gymnast a hair makeover. Gibson, who charges $950 per haircut, happily obliged. He also lashed out at Douglas’ critics.

“I couldn’t believe it and still can’t,’’ Gibson said of the criticism, according to The Daily Beast. “You have this young girl doing amazing things, and the conversation becomes about her hair? It was ridiculous and shameful.”

Gibson said he wanted to create a hairstyle for Douglas that wouldn’t make her look older than her age.

“I hope we can create something that’s easy and looks great no matter what she’s doing or where she is. I hope to create something that makes her feel good about herself as well,” he said.

Most people would agree that Douglas looks great with the new ‘do. Hopefully this will end the chatter about the silly matter.

Photo via Gabby Douglas on Twitter



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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AVONPDPDO3GRBMHJWGTUVEQNXE Machila

    To the author of this article,
    Most African-American (AA) women do not spend $200 on a haircut, get you facts straight. Secondly, most AA women that don’t have the money will have a friend, that knows how to do hair, do it for little or nothing…ALL AA women don’t “spend $200 at the salon while falling behind on their bills”. 

    Don’t assume you know AA women, clearly you don’t. And furthermore, our hair care is a big deal to us if you haven’t noticed…its more than a $100 billon industry. Should people have attacked her for her hair, HELL NO, her hair was just fine to me!! I am addressing you for lumping all AA women into on pot…write better next time!! 

    thanks

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Where did it say ALL? They weren’t lumped into a big pot. Go read it again and stop being so defensive.