Alexis Ohanian took to the internet to try to learn how to do his daughter’s hair, but some people are criticizing him for it
You all know Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, husband of Serena Williams, and father of Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., AKA our future overlord.
We’re big fans of Ohanian, because by all accounts, he absolutely dotes on Williams and their daughter, and we just love a sweet celeb dad being a great example like that. That’s definitely what was happening when Ohanian tweeted last week that he had requested access to a number of private Facebook groups dedicated to natural hair, saying he did it because he wants to learn more about how to take care of and style his daughter’s hair.
Just applied to join 4 private Natural Hair facebook groups. I hope they don't auto-reject my application when they see my profile photo 😂
I told them it was to keep getting better at doing my daughter's hair.
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. 🚀 (@alexisohanian) May 16, 2019
In his tweet, he said he hoped his request to join the private groups wouldn’t be rejected because his profile picture shows, you know, a white guy who definitely does not have natural hair. But he said he told the group administrators he was there for his daughter, and he hoped to learn more about taking care of her natural hair.
A lot of people on social media were touched that Ohanian is going to such great lengths to make sure he can take care of his baby to the best of his ability.
This is great. It's cool to see a dad wanting to learn more about how to care for his daughter's natural hair.— Brianna Heard (@baheard1) May 16, 2019
We love research!— 幸福 (@MonteSpice) May 16, 2019
You are an amazing dad, and there is so much that is said in this simple gesture. This is more than hair. This is you saying I care about my little girl. Hair is typically an important thing in a girls’ life. This is you showing her you value her interests.— jennlea (@jennleacole) May 17, 2019
Yessssssss, great father ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LfeIoLJj4H— Kristen 🦄 (@kumykums) May 16, 2019
He also got a number of adorable responses from other dads who shared their journeys to learn how to do their daughters’ hair.
It's a long journey, my friend! I'm 8 yrs in. pic.twitter.com/tzc9HuTOYr— Jeremy Caverly (@JeremyCee) May 17, 2019
But some people had some mild criticism to offer Ohanian. The groups he wants to access are private for a reason — they are safe spaces where women and people of color share their experiences, and presumably, they’re private to keep access limited to those people. They rightfully pointed out that there are ways Ohanian can learn about natural hair that actually benefit those communities, rather than infringing on their space.
Why do you want to insert yourself in spaces not made for you??
Youtube is free or PAY a black woman to teach you how do to Olympia's hair?? https://t.co/LBA1EOAy1f
— fam a zami (@M0moForrest) May 17, 2019
In truth you shouldn't be trying to access private groups as they, I presume, safe spaces. There are plenty resources outside of that private group that can help you with Olympia's hair. Our platform and plenty others have lots of info. Happy to help if needed!— Curlture (@curltureuk) May 17, 2019
The entitlement to enfringe on a private space is the problem but let’s agree to disagree 👌🏾— Kelechi Stan Account (@Micah_Milaje) May 18, 2019
People were also quick to offer up alternative places he can learn the ins and outs of taking care of little Alexis’ hair.
Also the power of YouTube is unmatched in this space honestly. Helped me level up my hair styling game substantially.— B. Laurie (@beLaurie) May 16, 2019
Also IG can provide a lot of style inspo through hashtags and you can create a private board.
There are a ton of excellent YouTube vids; I’ll bet there are also local meetups.— Jason Madhosingh (@madho) May 17, 2019
BUT ... I’ll also bet that you could go to the salon once a week with your daughter (date!) and they’ll teach you.
I have two daughters and have been too reliant on YouTube.
You definitely own Reddit. You tried it. https://t.co/uwsia4Q8Dp
— wandah (@ndiwandah) May 18, 2019
At the end of the day, it’s clear Ohanian’s heart is in the right place, and he’s just trying to do his best by his daughter. We’re here for that, and we think most of Twitter is, too, despite some valid criticism of his methods. Here’s hoping he takes it to heart and continues to look for learning opportunities that won’t be harmful or problematic.
In the meantime, we would like photos as he learns. You got that, Alexis Ohanian? More photos of your beautiful baby, please.