Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o is not only best for her acting role in 12 Years a Slave, but she is a role model for instilling beauty among young girls. No, her hair isn’t long but have you ever seen her on the red carpet? Her presence, style and humble personality outshines, even with her short beautiful buzz cut. She will forever be an iconic woman who exemplifies the true meaning of beauty. “Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me. I’d been starved for images of myself.”
Chrisette Michelle, Grammy award winner, R&B singer and soul writer said, “Truth is, I cut my hair for freedom, not for beauty.” She couldn’t have said it any better! Chrisette has been known for experimenting with different hair colors, relaxers and extensions but she’s always found a way to go back to her natural roots. But she intends to see natural hair beauty in mainstream media more often and I totally agree. Go on with your bad self!
Nicole Ari Parker, actress and model, cut her tresses through her transitioning phase. Nicole realized how soft her curls were as it started growing out. Felicia Leatherwood, natural hair stylist, styled Nicole’s hair for the Essence Luncheon and introduced her to Shea Moisture products. She also expressed that her role in “Street Car Named Desire” was the reason why she decided to start fresh. “My hair is just really loving being natural, being moisturized. Our hair is so much more versatile than what we give it credit for.” http://www.lipstickalley.com/showthread.php?t=392654
Sudanese model, Alek Wek, was discovered by a model scout from London and since then her modeling career has sky-rocketed. She has worked with very prestigious designers such as Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Her height, dazzling radiant brown skin, and cropped hairstyle emulates her significant beauty. Even Lupita Nyong’o saw a “reflection of herself” in Alek. She is definitely paving a way for dark skinned women and that is truly inspiring! “I felt that girls growing up needed to see somebody different, who may have been criticised for their nose, or their hair, or anything – that they could be beautiful. It’s about telling girls from a young age that it’s OK to be quirky, it’s fine to be shy. You don’t have to go with the crowd.”
Singer, Goapele has done it all! Dreads, bone-straight hair styles, ponytails and cornrows. Her hair became unhealthy, so she did what anybody would do to try to fix it. Yup! She did the Big Chop! Sometimes you just have to start all over to get better results for healthier hair. “My hair wasn’t as healthy when I flat-ironed it all the time. I wanted it to be back to a state where it felt like it was thriving. I think that my hair’s happiest natural, so I just cut it off recently,” she said.
Jill Scott is a strong believer that one’s hair doesn’t define who you are. The singer and actress debuted her first song “A Long Walk” and notice in the video that her hair is natural. No weave or relaxers, just her being her natural self. From time to time she will wear wigs or as she would like to call it “hats.” But, she never ceases to amaze her fans with her versatile hair styles. “For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory.
Better known for her roles in “The Help and The Prisoners,” Viola Davis wore wigs regularly. But, she finally decided to debut her reddish-brown colored TWA “Teeny Weeny Afro” at the Oscars in 2012 and it looked amazing. Recently, the news broke out that she suffered from Alopecia since she was 28 years old. Who would’ve thought? Well, in the meantime, she wants her daughter Genesis to understand the importance of being confident with her hair choices. “I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned Black woman in front of people who did not know my life. I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”
I’m sure you guys remember Raven Symonè from “That’s So Raven” TV show. And yes, she did decide to cut her hair off as well. She stopped using relaxers at age 13 and wore protective styles throughout her acting career. Once she had free time, she managed to care for her natural hair more. “OMG, I’m free, I don’t have to wear any weaves! So I cut all of my hair off and dyed it orange, purple… every color. I wore my curls much of the time,” she said.
Solange, singer, songwriter and model and let’s not forget, Beyonce’s younger sister, did the big chop in 2009. Just like everyone else, Solange needed a change. “I honestly was just tired of the energy surrounding my hair,” she explains. “So when I cut it, I didn’t think about what anyone else would think.” Little did she know she was going to be apart of a natural hair revolution. She stated that many women were inspired by her new cut. She also received backlash from critics that her hair was “unkempt and dry,” but that is expected. Whoever agreed with that statement is obviously ignorant. Solange, continue making us proud!
Tamera Mowry, “Sister Sister” actress and Tia Mowry’s twin, cut her hair off due to damage. “It all began when a hair stylist used a marcel HOT IRON on my hair and ruined it. I cried, but it’s only made me appreciate the hair I was born with. Ladies embrace your curls.” Now, her hair looks super healthy, bouncy and lustrous. Yay to starting over! “Beginnings of my curly hair journey. It starts with a cut! You don’t always have to do a big chop! Like me, I’m doing it gradually.”