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Gabby Douglas' Hair: How Did Olympic History Turn Into A Hair Debate?

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As the controversy surrounding Gabby Douglas' hair drags on, we're left wondering: how did it get to this point?

It's still shocking that while Douglas was busy rewriting Olympic history and making the country proud, a string of negative Twitter comments about her "unkempt" hair stole the spotlight. Some are blaming the media for that shift in focus to Douglas' hair, while others see the story as a segue into a much broader subject: black women's hair.

Black women's hair has always been a hot (and often, touchy) topic--inspiring documentaries, books, movements, and full-blown debates. So it's no surprise that after Douglas' meteoric rise to the public eye, opinions of her hair would be shared via social media outlets and beyond. However, the problem lies in the fact that those comments have somehow out-shined the Olympian's gold medals.

So, was everyone really talking about Gabby's hair or did a few bad apples on Twitter manage to turn a historic Olympic moment into a referendum on black hair?

HuffPost Live's Alicia Menendez rounded up a group of ladies--including a former gymnast and running coach--to tackle the topic and shed some light on the hairy situation.

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