Can Someone Straighten Your Daughter’s Hair Without Permission?

by Jessica Lane

November 21, 2017

Photo by John Shearer/WireImage

Halle Berry‘s ex, Gabriel Aubry, tried to “whiten” their daughter Nahla by straightening her naturally curly hair and highlighting it blond. Needless to say, Halle Berry was furious.

This all stems from their court proceedings, where Halle Berry delivered a letter as proof of her racist ex’s activities. According to Mail Online, in the note, Aubry called Berry a “ni**er.” She believes his racist attitude drove him to straighten and lighten their daughter’s hair.

Could a family member (husband, mother or cousin) straighten your daughter’s hair without permission?

MIAMI – JULY 08: Halle Berry, Nahla Aubry and Gabriel Aubry sighting at the beach on July 08, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Brett & Natalie Kaffee/BuzzFoto/

Black women, of all shades, have had long, strained relationships with hair. Whether we rock it natural or live for the creamy crack, we all remember the first time our hair went from ringlets to blowing straight in the wind. It was big moment, not to be taken lightly. So shouldn’t we, as mothers, be the only people to decide when that happens?

Berry went on to say that straightening her daughter’s hair could cause ” potential psychological and physical damage to Nahla that can be caused by the use of chemical hair treatments and the psychological message that it conveys to Nahla.”

Is it that deep or are we just scratching the surface?

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