After her music, Halsey is probably best known for her ever-changing hairstyles. A huge fan of wigs, she's been seen wearing everything from a green bob to a long, blonde ponytail, and she also has a penchant for occasionally shaving her head. Apparently, she's been growing out her most recent buzz cut; on Friday night, she was ready to show off her progress by posting a mirror selfie that revealed her voluminous natural curls.
The photo, posted to both Instagram and Twitter, was accompanied by the caption "new growth, new growth; all these fades I outgrew." We see Halsey wearing a white bathrobe in what appears to be a hotel bathroom — she's currently on a world tour — and getting a good look at her curly, dark hair. She looks incredible, so it's no surprise that the photo got more than 800,000 likes on Instagram and hundreds of compliments.
Unfortunately, a number of people reacted to the photo either skeptically or downright negatively because of how they perceived Halsey's hair. Several people assumed it couldn't possibly be her real curls. "That's a wig stop it lol," one comment reads. Another says, "perm, wig?"
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Other commenters went farther than doubting Halsey's hair, accusing her of wearing a hairstyle they believe she shouldn't. "Afro? Cultural appropriation!!" one commenter posted. Another simply remarked with a hashtag: "#cultural appropriation."
Halsey's fans came to her defense, explaining that she's not only wearing her hair the way it naturally grows, but that her father is black. "She’s biracial, and that is probably her natural texture," one follower said, replying to the accusations of cultural appropriation and suggestions that her hair couldn't possibly be that texture. "I love it, and PLEASE don't listen to the haters," another commented, hoping Halsey would read it.
She definitely read at least a few of the critical comments, because she took to Twitter on Saturday to say, "i can’t believe I spent a whole damn year growing out my curls under those wigs for y’all to say my natural hair looks like a wig… some fucked up shit lmao."
And even though she doesn't owe proof of her natural hair texture to anyone, she followed up her tweet with an Instagram photo of herself as a curly-haired toddler. The caption: "Stay Mad."
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It seems Halsey isn't taking the haters' words to heart, however. Even though she's been wearing a variety of wigs to events and on tour recently, she performed in Jakarta last night wearing her natural hair topped off with knotted headband.
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