Hair stylist and extension expert DaRico Jackson recently criticized Angelina Jolie for allowing her daughter Zahara,6, to wear hair extensions. According to Jackson, Zahara is “far too young for that and Angelina is creating insecurity in the little girl that what she has is not good enough.” As the stylist explains, “Growing up with siblings who have long flowing hair, Zahara may grow to feel that her own natural hair is not pretty enough, and that without the fake hair she is not beautiful. She should be made to embrace who she is.”


When Zahara debuted her new hairstyle in Las Vegas, many observers viewed it as a positive attempt to keep the 6-year-old in touch with her native culture. Jackson however states, “If Angelina wants Zahara to be in touch with her roots and have her hair braided then she can do that with the child’s own hair and she doesn’t need to add extensions.” The stylist adds, “There are many cute styles that Zahara can have without adding fake hair at such a tender age.”

What do you think? Does Jackson have a point?



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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  1. Cynthia Shern says:

    I totally agree, and thank you for making the point so clearly.

    I am a 66 year old black woman with nappy blond hair and I love that people of good conscience are looking out for my brothers and sisters of colour.

    Braiding in hair and extensions is very bad for your hair (it damages the shaft, leading to weakening and breakage) and it also pulls out hairs from the root, leading to alopecia (if it’s braided too tight. And particularly along the hairline.)

    The illusion of having long flowing locks is not worth the loss of or damage to all your hair.

    I acknowledge DaRico Jackson and Angelina Jolie. I think we know they are both pushing for the happiness of the child.

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