Serena Williams’ Husband Asked the Internet For Help With His Daughter’s Hair & Feelings Are Mixed

Alexis Ohanian, Reddit creator and husband of tennis great Serena-freakin-Williams, shares daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian with said tennis-great-supermom. And today, Ohanian asked the internet for help styling his daughter’s hair. Cute, right? Well, responses have been mixed.

“Just applied to join 4 private Natural Hair facebook groups,” Ohanian tweeted. No big deal, right? But the status gained attention because Ohanian is a white dude — a white-dude dad who wants to get better at doing his mixed-race daughter’s natural hair. And many are commending Ohanian for his efforts. After all, not every dad cares about his baby girl’s hair (hell, my husband can barely brush our daughter’s; and she’s white), and the fact that Ohanian wants to better understand his biracial daughter’s hair is fantastic. Most of his followers were thrilled.

One user wrote “if all dad’s [sic] were as good as you, the world would be a better place.” Another said “this is great. It’s cool to see a dad wanting to learn more about how to care for his daughter’s natural hair.” And several others were “impressed.” One user said his efforts were “amazing.”

But not everyone agrees with Ohanian’s approach. Some feel he is overstepping his bounds, as the groups Ohanian has requested access to are private for a reason.

Others have suggested Ohanian read up on the subject, watch YouTube tutorials and/or pay an African-American woman for advice.

And we get it. These counterpoints are important and valid. Women of color deserve a space, a place and a voice entirely their own. Still, we applaud Ohanian for trying, for reaching out, for getting comfortable with the uncomfortable, and most importantly, for being a loving and supportive dad.

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