Receiving a life-changing go to from the Fab 5 is the last word dream for Queer Eye followers, however nominees with textured hair miss out on the complete “greater than only a makeover” expertise. In each episode, the 5 life-style gurus apply their top-notch experience to remodel an space of their consumer’s life — and most significantly, they do the work themselves.
Karamo Brown talks them by means of their private limitations and trauma, Bobby Berk personally outlets for and designs their renovated house, Antoni Porowski cooks a meal that is private to them, and Tan France takes them alongside for a desperately wanted purchasing spree to spherical out their wardrobe.
He’s a superb hairstylist, however he will not be an professional till he learns to type all kinds of hair — not simply those which might be straightforward.
Jonathan Van Ness, because the present’s go-to grooming professional, does the identical, chopping and coloring the consumer’s hair earlier than drafting a brand new magnificence routine on their behalf. He sometimes does this along with his personal two arms — besides when the consumer has textured hair. That is when he brings in loc specialists or barbers snug with styling kinks and curls. However after 5 seasons, it is about time he realized to do the work himself.
The lack of textured-hair training within the cosmetology trade has been a difficulty for just about all recorded time. Many applications both gloss over the natural-hair section or go away it out utterly, turning Black hair care right into a specialty space. Black girls with coarse, kinky hair — particularly these with 4c curls — are sometimes charged extra for salon visits, with stylists citing the additional work as cause for the discriminatory charge. Even salons geared towards curly-haired purchasers can freeze up when an excellent ‘fro walks within the door.
It is gotten to the purpose the place Black purchasers solely belief Black stylists to deal with their pure hair. However as increasingly Black people embrace their pure hair within the office beneath safety of The CROWN Act, a reckoning with the trade is quickly to be on the horizon.
With years and years of expertise within the magnificence trade, Van Ness has turn out to be a family identify. He’s a superb hairstylist, however he will not be an professional till he learns to type all kinds of hair — not simply those he is conversant in. In a season 5 episode, Van Ness excused his recruitment of a locs professional with a joke about how he hasn’t touched locs since magnificence faculty. He all the time praises Black purchasers for loving their pure curls and cultural locs, but when he really revered the look, he would have realized to type it.
Queer Eye‘s touting of Van Ness as an professional stylist reasserts the dangerous notion that white stylists don’t want to be proficient in Black hair, as if Black hair is not within the canon of magnificence. Nonetheless, this logic would not work the opposite approach round, as Black stylists are anticipated to serve seems to be to their white purchasers alongside their Black ones.
White stylists are able to becoming a member of the natural-hair motion in the event that they’re keen to study. Till Van Ness takes that subsequent step, he’ll be an professional with an asterisk studying “sort two and beneath.”