If you all have heard the young Gabby Douglas has haters ,
Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is an American artistic gymnast. As a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions
Hair haters that is...Yes here it is a beautiful girl who represents the U.S.A out there busting her butt on the gym floor earning two gold medals and her hair has become more of the trrending topic than her achievements.
But to all the hate comments 16 year old Gabby made this statement to her mom"Really?! I won two gold medals and made history and my hair is trending?"
Here's more images of Gabby the one above isn't what they are talking about
Personally, I don't see the big deal about her hair,I am not expecting it to look perfect especially after all that she does. What woman looks flawless after tumbling,flipping,doing tricks on bars...e.t.c the tasks she does as a gymnist. And even if her hair isn't perfect she has that big fat gold medal to shut all haters up!...lol
But really the hair issue has it's reasons why it may look this way,it's science!
I will now copy an partial part from an article about Gabby below
We're with you Gabby. Since spotting the negative comments on Twitter, we've been trying to figure out the 16-year-old's follicle fail. Other than the messy bun style that all the American gymnasts are sporting, we can't find much wrong with Gabby's 'do. It's gelled and pinned back as it should be. Hawkins says that Gabby's hair is relaxed and is styled in a ponytail 28-30 hours a week, due to her rigorous training schedule.
"You’re going into foam pits, and any hair stylist will tell you that foam on African American hair is destructive. It breaks the hair horribly," Hawkins told Fashionista.com. In order to combat some of these harsh training elements, Hawkins says that Gabby has tried getting creative with her hair -- wearing it both short and long. "We grew her hair out because she preferred long hair. I’m not going to make her cut her hair just to please someone else," said Hawkins.
Gabby's coach Liang Chow agrees. He told Hawkins -- “She’s beautiful. You don’t need to change her hair. We need to focus on training. Hair is secondary."
And Hawkins adds there's more to why her daughter's hair may look unkempt to the critics (who Hawkins assesses have mostly been African American women).
"She lives with a white host family and they don’t know anything about taking care of her hair," said Hawkins. "And there’s no black salons in their area [in Iowa] –- not one. We had to work really hard to find a stylist to come and do her hair."
We're pretty impressed with Gabby's hair considering those factors. Black women know the perils of maintaining their manes no matter what the style or texture. Compound those issues by being a 16-year-old girl living 1,200 miles away from her mother with no help in sight -- and you tell us if you'd be looking like a beauty queen.
Thankfully Hawkins and Gabby have been able to find humor in all the hoopla surrounding Gabby's hair. The two have laugh about it and made it into a huge joke. Hawkins says Gabby "hasn’t given it another moment’s thought."
Now if only the haters could do the same.
By the way Gabby is the first African-American to win the all-around title and the first American, period, to win gold in both the all-around and team finals,so she will go down in history....let's hope that we focus on that and not on her hair. And now that her hair has been spotlighted the partial article I copied should give insight on AA haircare and the need for upkeep. I have daughters and I can relate. Also the fact that her self-esteem is in jeopardy here,I wonder has it affected her performance. Gabby finished last on the bars and that's her speciality.