The mother-daughter duo were photographed by paparazzi as they hit up New York City ice cream shop CoolMess and candy superstore Dylan’s Candy Bar for an early celebration ahead of North’s fifth birthday on Friday.
While it looked like a fun-filled day for the family, some eyebrows were raised by North’s appearance — specifically, her long straight hair.
The oldest West kid — whose dad is rapper Kanye West — typically wears her naturally curly hair in buns or braids. But on this occasion, her locks appeared to have undergone some sort of heat treatment to smooth out any waves. Critics claim she’s too young for that level of primping, which can damage hair.
Am I the only person fuuummin that North West has straight hair???
— heather quinn (@no1_quinn) June 15, 2018
North West is still a baby and has straight hair. I know we all had straight hair too at that age but it’s 2018! The enlightened YouTube era! Come on KimberYe get it together
— Tiss’Challa (@NaturallyTiss) June 15, 2018
I really hate how the kardashians keep straightening that poor baby’s hair tho. North west gonna have heat damage before she’s 10- bedore I even knew what a straightener was smh
— not a regular person (@_vivrantthang_) June 14, 2018
omg north west's hair. I hope they don't keep straightening it, but she looks just like kim with that ponytail
— I’m in shock. 🐝💧 (@champagnegina) June 14, 2018
I hope North West doesn't get a lot of heat damage to her hair while she's young…
— ★ (@in30seconds) June 14, 2018
North looks so big and beautiful 😩😍 but they shouldn’t of straightened her hair yet 🙄🤦🏻♀️
— Young Geezy.. (@MsMyaG) June 14, 2018
“They already damaging this poor baby’s hair!” complained one commenter.
The criticism may be about more than just hair damage, however. Much has been made of the pressures women of color face to treat their hair rather than wearing it naturally.
Others speculated that North was wearing hair extensions, while some just loved the sleek and sassy look. Ultimately, it’s Kardashian’s call on how to style her daughter’s hair — but she probably knows better than most that billions of eyes are on her, ready to admire, or to judge.
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