If you've ever used the wrong type of product for your hair, then you know how annoying it can be.
Your once vibrant and shiny locks all of a sudden look flat and stripped of all their color. That volume you used to get with your favorite conditioner? Yeah, you can kiss that bye-bye as you walk around the grocery store a frizzy-haired mess.
The wrong product can have you reaching for a hat or beanie right quick - a struggle that many people of color know all too well.
Something that singer Halsey pointed out in a recent Twitter post when talking about the types of shampoos and conditioners that she finds in hotel bathrooms.
I’ve been traveling for years now and it’s been so frustrating that the hotel toiletry industry entirely alienates people of color. I can’t use this perfumed watered down white people shampoo. Neither can 50% of ur customers. Annoying.— h (@halsey) April 27, 2018
"Perfumed watered down white people" shampoo isn't going to do much for someone with thicker, curly hair.
Halsey's invective against the hotel toiletry industry had some people wondering why a "white" singer would have such a big problem with hair products designed for "white" hair.
Despite appearing light-skinned, Halsey is biracial, but even though she pointed that out, people weren't having her "shampoo is racist" argument.
You're one of my favorite female artists, but how in the fuck can shampoo be racist lol dumb for this one.— nick sjulestad (@nicsjulestad10) April 27, 2018
For Halsey the matter is simple: a huge demographic of hotel customers are unable to use the amenities provided by the hotel.
As the singer points out, it's no skin off her back - she can afford to buy products designed for her hair when she travels.
It still didn't stop people from accusing her of overreacting and making the problem seem bigger than it "really is".
1-you’re over reacting 2- I KNOW damn well it’s no different than mine. I use normal shampoo & conditioner & I know that you can too 3-what kind of person doesn’t bring their own shampoo & conditioner when they KNOW they might have this problem especially at 23 yrs old?— KDP (@kimbooo_13) April 27, 2018
Ok so there’s no convenience store or???? She’s a millionaire, I’m sure she could even hire a stylist to come do her hair. Thanks for your input tho lol— KDP (@kimbooo_13) April 27, 2018
Yet she’s not the only poc that goes to hotels and can’t use the shampoo. Were not all millionaires yet we all do stay at hotels and would appreciate if the shampoo didn’t turn our hair into Brillo pads. Thanks for your input tho “lol” ☺️😒— magnifique ** (@_raybby) April 27, 2018
But those who agreed with Halsey's original tweet pointed out that even finding hair care products that suit their hair type outside of a hotel is difficult enough.
Who knew me acknowledging that white hair care products are the national standard (while POC are confined to a tiny aisle) would piss so many people off 🤷🏻♀️ not sorry.— h (@halsey) April 27, 2018
The point is that mass production of those products as the standard is part of a greater problem of disenfranchisement. If white ppl can enjoy the luxury/convenience, there should be an option for everyone to. Its an “insignificant” example of a bigger problem. That’s all! https://t.co/gWxHoboXCm— h (@halsey) April 27, 2018
Hotel customers have pointed out how much it means to them when they stay at a location that happens to be accommodating to their toiletry needs.
In some hotels they’re actually really nice and can work for people. For me personally there is 0 way at all. It may seem insignificant to you, but for us it’s one of the many things you see daily that illustrates you’re an odd one out— RO (@0p_ro) April 27, 2018
But there were a lot of people who just chalked the problem up to hotel shampoo being trash anyway.
Orrrrrr the shampoo just isn’t great quality because it’s hotel shampoo, and the thicker your hair is, the worse the shampoo is. I have thick, curly hair also, and I’m white. This isn’t a race issue. I’m sure you can afford to buy some better shampoo. Annoying. https://t.co/x0CM6d2FEC— Rose Laoutaris (@RoseLaoutaris) April 27, 2018
I truthfully don’t know a single person who uses hotel shampoo anyway. That shit is wack. Always bringing my own.— flaMigos (@dwh1094) April 27, 2018
"Whack" or not, some people can't use the shampoo on their hair, period.
the difference is that you could use em if you wanted to, you got a choice ! not everyone can relate to that— C🍒 (@pagexplant) April 27, 2018
And, as one Twitter user mentioned, Halsey's tweet was more of a small complaint, and not intended to be a swooping call for racial equality based on hotel toiletry items alone.
She’s not saying it to start riots or some shit. You need to remember this is one of the many small things that POC go through that makes them feel like we don’t matter enough to be catered to. It’s a microaggression— RO (@0p_ro) April 27, 2018
For someone who spends a lot of time in hotel rooms, it probably gets annoying not being to use the shampoo in your room, ever, so I get where Halsey is coming from.