the damn salon

Does everybody want to look like somebody else?

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

A New Jersey mother, Patricia Krentcil, 44  was arrested after taking her 6-year-old daughter to a tanning salon and allegedly causing a slight burn by allowing the child to use one of the tanning beds. Krentcil says the whole thing was a big misunderstanding.  While she admits to a love for tanning, she claims she would never tan her daughter’s fair skin artificially.

Krentcil’s daughter was sent to the school nurse complaining about a slight sunburn. When asked how she received the burn, the child said, “I go tanning with mommy.” Krentcil emphatically denies putting her daughter in a tanning bed and insists that the child’s burn is from  playing in the backyard. According to ABC news, Krentcil has been charged with second degree child endangerment.

I’m almost certain that we can all agree that Krentcil looks ridiculous.  Clearly her hair, bone structure and facial features were not designed by the creator to accompany ebony skin.  She looks like a clown.  Period.

Now that we have stated the obvious, lets look into this situation a little deeper. This story raises a number of questions in my mind.

What does it say about a person’s self esteem when they go to such great lengths to alter their appearance to mimic that of another ethnicity?

Is a caucasian woman’s obsession with tanning any different than a woman of African decent’s decision to wear blonde weave or even straight hair for that matter?

Are tanning, hair coloring, weave wearing and straightening  simply matters of personal style/choice or are they symptoms of “deeper issues”?

Has society become so warped by Western media, that no one can simply be happy in the skin they’re in?

It’s no secret that The Damn Salon advocates healthy natural hair.  In the past we’ve taken plenty of heat (pun intended) for our no heat, no chemical — “Happy to be Nappy” position.  We clearly put the beauty of women of color on a bronze pedestal.    This story reminds us that Black women are not the only women who suffer from self esteem issues.  It seems like  everybody wants to look like somebody else…… #SMDH

Know yourself, be yourself, love yourself!


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  1. The author raises a good question what dies it say about your self esteem when you are unhappy with the skin u were born in. And are u really happy living a lie? Negro women with blone wigs blue contacts do u really feel that looking like a Becky will make u feel better about yourself?

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