Rachel Kolisi is standing up to her haters after coming under fire for straightening her daughter’s naturally curly hair.
The mom-of-two, who is married to Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, took to Facebook and Instagram to proudly show off Keziah’s new look.
“She finally let me straighten her hair. And my hair is seriously missing @howehair,” Rachel captioned the adorable shot.
Facebook users could not stop gushing about how cute Keziah looks with her long straight hair.
“Yoh she is your caramello bear carbon copy. She is just dreamy!!! You HAVE to frame this picture,” one user wrote.
Another added: “You a wonderful, amazing mom… She sure look adorable and cute with new style.”
But Rachel’s Instagram followers were not so kind. While Rachel did not permanently straighten her daughter’s hair with a relaxer, some felt she was not allowing Keziah to love her natural hair.
“Honestly, I don’t have anything against Rachel Kolisi, in fact I’ve always admired her. But straightening a two-year-old’s hair is just wrong. A child should be given the opportunity to make that decision for herself when she’s more mature. Throughout history black women have been made to feel that their natural kinky, curly hair was not beautiful & that having straightened silky smooth hair is more beautiful,” one woman wrote.
Another Instagram user went as far as saying Rachel would next be lightening her daughter’s skin.
“Next post: my daughter let me use skin lightening cream on her skin to see which complexion she prefers,” the woman commented.
Rachel clapped back with a spicy reply.
“Really? Have you seen your profile pic?” she asked the woman, who was wearing a wig in her profile picture.
Rachel’s fans also came to her defence.
“What is it with folk??? She straightened he own daughter’s hair and folk go judgemental… meanwhile y’all are wearing bone straight hair that doesn’t even belong to you. Leave them alone. Go finish fixing your lives.”
Another woman added: “I don’t understand the women who are fighting for curly hair like it’s a birth right. The child has a rich heritage and should explore wearing her hair any which way.”