The Gabby Douglas hair saga continues and now the Olympian's mom is addressing the haters.

The folks over at Fashionista.com snagged an interview with Natalie Hawkins, Gabby Douglas' mother, who is speaking out in fierce defense of her daughter's hair.

“How ignorant is it of people to comment on her hair and she still has more competitions to go. Are you trying to ruin her self confidence?," Hawkins told Fashionista.com. "She has to go out there and feel good about herself, and if she feels good about herself on that floor, who are you to criticize her? What have you done to help contribute to her dream, that you felt it necessary to put it out there so that she could see it.”

And after Gabby finished dead last in the uneven bars finals yesterday, we can't help but wonder if the hurtful comments are indeed affecting her performance.

For a young lady who has made history twice over -- she is the first African-American to win the all-around title and the first American, period, to win gold in both the all-around and team finals -- it's mind boggling why her hair has continued to dominate the headlines.

Gabby is baffled herself, telling her mom: "Really?! I won two gold medals and made history and my hair is trending?”

We're with you Gabby. Since spotting the negative comments on Twitter, we've been trying to figure out the 16-year-old's follicle fail. Other than the messy bun style that all the American gymnasts are sporting, we can't find much wrong with Gabby's 'do. It's gelled and pinned back as it should be. Hawkins says that Gabby's hair is chemically relaxed and is styled in a ponytail 28-30 hours a week, due to her rigorous training schedule.

"You’re going into foam pits, and any hair stylist will tell you that foam on African American hair is destructive. It breaks the hair horribly," Hawkins told Fashionista.com. In order to combat some of these harsh training elements, Hawkins says that Gabby has tried getting creative with her hair -- wearing it both short and long. "We grew her hair out because she preferred long hair. I’m not going to make her cut her hair just to please someone else," said Hawkins.

Gabby's coach Liang Chow agrees. He told Hawkins -- “She’s beautiful. You don’t need to change her hair. We need to focus on training. Hair is secondary."

And Hawkins adds there's more to why her daughter's hair may look unkempt to the critics (who Hawkins assesses have mostly been African American women).

"She lives with a white host family and they don’t know anything about taking care of her hair," said Hawkins. "And there’s no black salons in their area [in Iowa] –- not one. We had to work really hard to find a stylist to come and do her hair."

We're pretty impressed with Gabby's hair considering those factors. Black women know the perils of maintaining their manes no matter what the style or texture. Compound those issues by being a 16-year-old girl living 1,200 miles away from her mother with no help in sight -- and then try looking like a beauty queen.

Thankfully Hawkins and Gabby have been able to find humor in all the hoopla surrounding Gabby's hair. The two have laughed about it and made it into a huge joke. Hawkins says Gabby "hasn’t given it another moment’s thought."

Now if only the haters would do the same.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, left, acknowledges the crowd after receiving her gold medal, as Russian gymnast and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina stands beside her during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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  • Natalie Hawkins

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    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas reacts after her performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is hugged by coach Liang Chow after her performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas is hugged by coach Liang Chow after her final and deciding performance on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after her final and deciding performance on the floor, followed by coach Liang Chow during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas reacts after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas waves to the audience after being declared winner of the gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast and gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas, center, Russian gymnast and silver medallist Victoria Komova, right, and Russian gymnast and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina, left, display their medals on the podium during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast and gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas, center, Russian gymnast and silver medallist Victoria Komova and Russian gymnast and bronze medallist Aliya Mustafina stand on the podium during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari performs on the vault during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    Judges watch U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas perform on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

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