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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  • Gabrielle Douglas

    Marta Karolyi, foreground, U.S. national women's gymnastics team coordinator, right, stands with U.S. gymnast and gold medallist Gabrielle Douglas during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas displays her gold medal during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas dismounts from the vault during the Artistic Gymnastic women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Natalie Hawkins

    Natalie Hawkins, bottom center, mother of U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, waves her country's flag and cheers for her gold medallist daughter during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas 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.

  • Victoria Komova

    Russian gymnast Victoria Komova botches her dismount during the Artistic Gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    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.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    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.

  • Asuka Teramoto

    Japanese gymnast Asuka Teramoto performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina 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.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache 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.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Larisa Andreea

    Romania's gymnast Larisa Andreea Iordache performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Hannah Whelan

    Gymnast Hannah Whelan from Britain 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.

  • Hannah Whelan

    Gymnast Hannah Whelan from Great Britain beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rebecca Tunney

    Judges watch gymnast Rebecca Tunney from Britain 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.

  • Dominique Pegg

    Canadian gymnast Dominique Pegg 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.

  • Celine van Gerner

    Gymnast Celine van Gerner from the Netherlands 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.

  • Sandra Raluca Izbasa

    Romania's gymnast Sandra Raluca Izbasa performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Huang Qiushuang

    Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Jessica Lopez

    Venezuelan gymnast Jessica Lopez performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Ashleigh Brennan

    Australian gymnast Ashleigh Brennan botches her dismount from the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rie Tanaka

    Japanese gymnast Rie Tanaka performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Rie Tanaka

    Japanese gymnast Rie Tanaka botches her dismount from the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Marta Pihan-Kulesza

    Gymnast Marta Pihan-Kulesza from Poland performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Huang Qiushuang

    Chinese gymnast Huang Qiushuang performs on the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aurelie Malaussena

    French gymnast Aurelie Malaussena performs on the vault during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Gabrielle Douglas

    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.

  • Deng Linlin

    Chinese gymnast Deng Linlin performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari 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.

  • Alexandra Raisman

    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.

  • Alexandra Raisman

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

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Aliya Mustafina

    Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina loses her balance before falling off the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Vanessa Ferrari

    Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari 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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