Does Jojo Siwa Get Ariana Grande-Level Ponytail Headaches?

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Ariana Grande’s inexplicable high ponytail leaves her in unrelenting scalp pain. In the first episode of her Dangerous Woman diaries, she revealed having “this vision of me on stage, and one day I’ll just turn, and from the root, [my hair] will just give up.” I’m no hair loss expert, but I’m going to go ahead and say, yeah, she should be worried. And so should Jojo Siwa.

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The 15-year-old has worn her hair in an equally confounding high ponytail, adorned with a bow, since she began her career six years ago. (And it’s to the side! I cannot fathom how she maintains equilibrium, even with her tweenage plasticity.) Since her hair appears to be pulled cartoonishly tight—and make no mistake, she’s definitely going to lose her edges—naysayers have targeted her hairstyle to insult her.

While visiting Today, Siwa turned criticism about her hairline into a lesson in loving yourself because what the hell else was she going to do, she’s a Teen Boss-Nickelodeon star.

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Siwa said:

“There’s been a lot of people who have said that they don’t like my hairline. But here’s the thing, when I look in the mirror, I know that my hairline makes me who I am, it makes me special… We all have something about us that we don’t like. I think we should all end up loving what we don’t like... I am who I am. I can’t change it so I might as well love what I got.”

Why didn’t anyone ask about the pain she must experience day in and day out? If she thinks “we should all end up loving what we don’t like,” has she learned to embrace the suffering and use that to fuel her seemingly unending enthusiasm? Is the secret to success a throbbing skull? Is JoJo Siwa a masochist?

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Siwa also told fans to “delete and block” any mean comments they themselves might receive because hate is the exception and nice messages are the norm. I guess that might be true for anyone who is not a Jezebel blogger:

“If you’re getting hate on social media, here’s what I would tell you to do. All you’ve got to do if it’s a comment is just delete and click the person and block them. Just delete and block, delete and block, delete and block, delete and block. That’s all you’ve got to do, and focus on the nice comments. Because with every one hate comment, you’re going to get nice comments. So, focus on those ten nice comments and don’t let that one hate comment get to your day.”

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I’ll try to remember those wise words while reading the comment section on this post, with my hair down, loose and free.

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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willleisure
willleisure

“Haters gonna hate” has mutated into never having to self-reflect about anything ever again.

Also, I’m surprised AG still does the ponytail. It seemed like a first album kind of deal and not like a 4 albums/5 years later sort of deal.