Is a tide turn­ing? Wendy Williams is the lat­est in a string of black celebri­ties who’ve pub­licly claimed their nat­u­ral tress­es. Ange­la Sim­mons, rap­per Lil Mama and real­i­ty star Toya Carter have all revealed that their hair is nat­u­ral beneath weaves, with Ange­la and Lil Mama tweet­ing pho­tos of healthy, large fros as evi­dence. Most recent­ly Oprah Win­frey claimed that her hair is flat ironed and not relaxed (although this has come under scruti­ny since Oprah’s long time styl­ist Andre Walk­er revealed that he does relax her hair on occa­sion.) And now Wendy Williams is claim­ing her nat­u­ral hair, post­ing a pic­ture of her 10-year-old self on Face­book with two long braids and the cap­tion:

Wendy at 10-years-old sport­ing her ‘every­day look’. It was quick and easy to do on her own. “Here’s a lit­tle secret: Wendy has nev­er had a perm.

Wendy’s procla­ma­tion might be a bit con­fus­ing to some, given her vocal crit­i­cism of Vio­la Davis’ short nat­u­ral do at the 2012 Oscars. And per­haps it was just a respon­se to Oprah’s “nat­u­ral” O Mag­a­zine cov­er. But it seems that a tide is turn­ing, and hav­ing your “own” hair is becom­ing a sta­tus sym­bol of sorts. It’s cer­tain­ly not a full embrace of nat­u­ral hair… but there seems to be a hier­ar­chy form­ing where weav­ing by choice (while main­tain­ing full, thick and healthy hair under­neath) is per­ceived as ‘bet­ter than’ weav­ing by neces­si­ty because your own hair is dam­aged and bro­ken. Ladies, what are your thoughts?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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Candice

Wendy Williams wears a wig on tele­vi­sion and looks like a drag queen. Too lit­tle, WAY too late after she dissed Vio­la Davis. Talk­ing about your nat­u­ral hair is com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent than being SEEN wear­ing your nat­u­ral hair out.

naturally yours

Wendy Williams is nat­u­ral. Pic­ture of her nat­u­ral hair was post­ed on lhcf a few yrs back along with an arti­cle on how she cares for it. Her hair was nat­u­ral­ly thin and waist length, but bleach and bad­ly dam­aged

lc

You beat me to it. :) I was going to say the same thing, she has shown her hair before but has always said because it’s thin that she doesn’t wear it out.

Mai

I know much of the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty is excit­ed to see a celebri­ty wear their nat­u­ral hair. But just because I (me per­son­al­ly) am nat­u­ral doesn’t mean I sup­port every oth­er nat­u­ral wom­an. Wendy spews too much ven­om for me to care if she is relaxed, nat­u­ral, or oth­er­wise.

Joy

I’ll believe it when I see it. Per­haps then my opin­ion of her will change because I’ll see what she real­ly looks like under all the dead ani­mal.

Blacgirlost
I am so pleased that all the­se black (white wom­en) are pro­claim­ing them­selves “nat­u­ral divas” while wear­ing their india and aisan hair dai­ly and rarely (if ever) being seen pub­li­cal­ly with­out it. Let the rest of us pave the way and then you (they) can come out strong and secure know­ing that white Amer­i­ca has accept­ed our hair. Let the rest of us endure the strange looks and dumb ques­tions. When all that pass­es you (they) can step into the lime light and show the world “yours too”. Kin­da like that final (sweat shop) scene in the Wiz. You’ll (they’ll)… Read more »
Fia
It’s hair. And it is sil­ly to pass judg­ment on some­one based on wear­ing a weave. This is just ridicu­lous. We’re real­ly get­ting ridicu­lous in the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty. “Pave the way?” The nat­u­ral hair jour­ney has yet to be con­nect­ed to any­thing oth­er than.. hair. It’s impor­tant to love our­selves, but don’t get it twist­ed: any mam­mal can give birth and ANY wom­an can shave her head and let nature take its course as it grows back out. Endur­ing nasty looks, dumb com­ments, and over­bear­ing rel­a­tives that wan­na perm your hair is not the same as work­ing in a… Read more »
Michelle
Thank You. This is get­ting a bit ridicu­lous. To me your damned if you do and damned if you don’t. My sister’s and I all have nat­u­ral real­ly long hair. The prob­lem that we seem to have with nat­u­ral sister’s is that our hair is very curly and wavy. It’s almost like his­pan­ic hair and we get slack because our hair is not kinky enough. Peo­ple look at us like we auto­mat­i­cal­ly have perms and we don’t we just have straight hair. To be total­ly hon­est there is too much judge­ment being passed when it comes to hair and it’s… Read more »
Alisha

+10000

Anonymous

*down home coun­try church shout­ing right now*

Shahidah

WOW! Loved this : are pro­claim­ing them­selves “nat­u­ral divas” while wear­ing their india and aisan hair dai­ly and rarely (if ever) being seen pub­li­cal­ly with­out it.

M2

Get it girl.……that was powerful.….…i have no words to fol­low that.…..BRAVO!!!!!

EG

lol…gurl come back, we want an encore

AC

+1

Venus
Jesus Christ! Im so con­fused right now.… Isn’t this what we want­ed? For more black peo­ple to be com­fort­able with their nat­u­ral hair?????? Any­time a celebri­ty comes out admit­ting they have nat­u­ral hair (regard­less of how often they show it) there’s always some back­lash about WHY they are reveal­ing it etc etc. like WHO cares why it’s hap­pen­ing I’m just glad its hap­pen­ing! .. What dif­fer­ence does it make if they are com­ing into some huge awak­en­ing, or epiphany while doing so. NOT every­one has that… I didn’t…But that does­nt mean I love my hair any less.. It’s like there’s… Read more »
NubianPrize
I total­ly agree. We black wom­en can’t win no mat­ter what we do, so you may as well do what pleas­es YOU^& let the haters hate. Just remem­ber Jill Scott’e song “Hate On Me”: Hate on me, hater, now or lat­er ‘Cause I’m gonna do me, you’ll be made, baby Go ‘head and hate on me, hater, I’m not afraid ofWhat I got I paid for, you can hate on me You can­not hate on me ’cause my mind is freeFeel my des­tiny, so shall it beY­ou can­not hate on me ’cause my mind is free Feel my des­tiny, so shall it be Read… Read more »
Shahidah

I don’t see how her say­ing her hair is nat­u­ral, wear­ing a wig, and show­ing a pic at 10 years old says she is com­fort­able with her nat­u­ral hair. She didn’t reveal any­thing. I have not seen the Vio­la bash but have heard about it from oth­ers and a few have com­ment­ed here. No she is HARDLY com­fort­able with her own hair.

AC

She obvi­ous­ly isn’t com­fort­able if she feels the need to hide it under those hor­ri­ble weaves. But if she wore her hair out nat­u­ral­ly in a twa or all the way down her back I still would not like her, she is hor­ri­ble and like many said before me..I remem­ber the Vio­la Davis cri­tique! So dis­taste­ful.

Pat

It was very dis­taste­ful how she came out again­st Vio­la.

aNON

NO need to blas­phe­me. Jesus Christ is LORD and cre­at­ed us beau­ti­ful.

binks

Wendy Williams can miss me, I don’t care if her hair is nat­u­ral I still remem­ber the episode where she went off on Vio­la Davis when she wore her nat­u­ral hair to the Oscars. Despite her being a nat­u­ral, she strikes me as the good hair/bad hair type hon­est­ly. I have no prob­lem with nat­u­rals wear­ing weave if they choose too but I would love to see more of their nat­u­ral hair than the weaves, I still feel like to a cer­tain degree that weaves are anoth­er crutch.

Socialite Dreams

amen

Suni

she has always said she has nat­u­ral hair under her weave but she nev­er wears it out… so her say­ing more about it isn’t real­ly a sur­prise.

eatmydessertfirst

It’s one thing to HAVE nat­u­ral hair under a weave but it’s anoth­er thing to actu­al­ly WEAR your nat­u­ral hair proud­ly with­out a weave. Wendy Williams, I’m not impressed…with you or any­one else that claims the “nat­u­ral” badge but who wears a weave in pub­lic.

If you are going to wear a weave, wig or relax­er then wear it. I sup­port you! But don’t claim to be a Nat­u­ral and still sport your false or relaxed tress­es for the sake of claim­ing to be nat­u­ral because the weave is the hair that is por­trayed to the pub­lic.

KAN

Exact­ly!! I was so con­fused with the title of this arti­cle and was look­ing for a pic of Wendy with her hair out and got a pic of her at 10??!! Please, she nev­er wears her hair out and crit­i­cizes oth­ers that do…smh.…Publicity stunt and it’s work­ing…

Angela

THANK YOU! This is what I am always ask­ing as I sim­ply do not under­stand why any­one would expect “props” for hav­ing nat­u­ral hair under fake hair. If nobody can see your hair, what does it mat­ter if it is nat­u­ral or not? I am think­ing that it is cheap­er and eas­ier to NOT relax hair when it is always under a wig or a weave.

Anonymous
Amen Ange­la, they want the “Nat­u­ral Hair Badge of Hon­or” but don’t want to put in the work!!! It takes a lot of work to take care of nat­u­ral hair not only that but courage to face all the nay say­ers when you decid­ed to go nat­u­ral be it through big chop or tran­si­tion. Peo­ple will come at you like you’ve made the worse deci­sion in the world!!! smh when did Wendy ever have to deal with any of that?????When did she have to go on nation­al t.v. and rock a twist out that swelled up from the humi­did­ty and… Read more »
EG

Agreed

Shahidah

or at least SPORT your nat­u­ral hair once in awhile. if they claim they wear weaves for pro­tec­tion and to change up their styles then at one point won’t one of those styles be your nat­u­ral hair some kin­da way???

nubia

This is a lit­tle dat­ed she post­ed the­se pics a few years back and admit­ted back then she had nev­er had a per­mIn her life. Seems Wendy doesn’t like her own her she states con­stant­ly that it us thin. But nonethe­less she does has hair ?

Tamar

her hair*

Tamar

Wendy on her show men­tioned has a thy­roid prob­len caus­ing her to be very thin and thats why she wear wigs

Dawn

Tamar, I remem­ber her say­ing that too, and that she loves big diva hair.

Carla

Lol, many celebs are oppor­tunis­tic. You can’t blame them however…they see that so many wom­en are embrac­ing their nat­u­ral hair and want to receive the pop­u­lar­i­ty that comes from that as well. Wendy, this would’ve been great to know four years ago when nat­u­ral hair wasn’t so main stream smh.

hassan

Celebs are nor­mal peo­ple and as black wom­en have been con­di­tioned to har­bor the same inse­cu­ri­ties about their hair/image as non celebri­ty black wom­en. The only dif­fer­ence between them and us is their mon­ey and plat­form. Just as so many black wom­en are dis­cov­er­ing and embrac­ing their nat­u­ral­ness, many celebs are doing the same.

eatmydessertfirst

Great insight Car­la! I agree.

aNON

That is so spot on! Celeb like to be the lead­ers not fol­low­ers. lol I am so amazed how muc­ch some­one cut­tin­goff there relaxed ends can have around the world.…..

Dana
Wear­ing a weave as a choice as opposed to a nec­ces­si­ty has always been thought of as more acceptable…but that is rare. But then you always have to ques­tion the ‘choice’. Any­way, this aint about the celebri­ties. This nat­u­ral hair shift start­ed with sis­tas on the ground and will con­tin­ue with them. The nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty had NO SUPPORT from peo­ple in the enter­tain­ment indus­try besides neo-soul artists, and even they have been sketchy. Now all of a sud­den, every­one wants to come out of the hair clos­et. Wendy Williams and Oprah are busi­ness­wom­en first and so are all the… Read more »
Anonymous

Preach, Preach, Preach!!!

Trini

So true about the ground move­ment. Not one given to “celebri­ties” though I must say that Janelle Mon­ae was a major inspi­ra­tion. I can’t name any of her songs, but when I first saw her hair a few years ago, that was the kick in the tush that my late 30-some­thing self need­ed to halt the creamy habit.

Nelle

Well said!

honeybrown1976

She’s an oppor­tunist. I don’t believe it at all.

Shahidah

I have to see it to believe it myself. May­be because i’m not a fan of hers, may­be because this is a pic of a 10yo wendy and there could have been many changes to her hair since-mat­ter of fact we know that- I’m going to hold off on con­grats and just go with meh

Kincaid2576

She has said on the show quite a few times she has thy­roid dis­ease that has left her with real­ly thin hair she dyes it but does not relax.

Anonymous
Then why not show a pic­ture of her hair as it is now!! Why show us a pic­ture from 30 years ago say­ing she’s nat­u­ral now!!! REALLY,WENDY REALLY !!! SHOW us the mon­ey!!! Show ME HOW YOUR HAIR LOOKS NOW!!! NONE OF THESE SO CALLED NATURAL CELEBRITIES HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH GOING ON WITH “THE SHOW” EVEN IF THEY ARE HAVING A BAD HAIR DAY!!! LOOSE THE CRUTCHES!!! The wigs, the weaves, the tex­tur­iz­ers, the braids, yeah I said it braids and learn how to man­age your own hair first!!! I’M NOT SAYING THAT EVERYONE WHO WEARS A WIG,… Read more »
CLAW
As stat­ed, the lady said that thy­roid dis­ease has made her hair thin and she choos­es not to wear it out and she have every right not to if she doesn’t want to. She has also said on her show that she wash­es, etc her own hair so she does have the expe­ri­ence of handling/dealing with her own hair. Heck I’m not famous but when I lost my edges after wear­ing twists I bought a wig because I am too vain for any­one to see my head the way it was. Just like that’s my pre­rog­a­tive it is also Wendy’s… Read more »
Morgan

Then Wendy shouldn’t be claim­ing ish! Claim it, show it. Thy­roid dis­ease my behind. God knows if some­one else pulled up with a 30 plus year old pho­to try­ing to claim some “nat­u­ral hair”, Wendy would have tossed her wig over one shoul­der and com­menced to tear­ing them to shreds. If you serve crow, you need to eat crow. Peri­od.

Anonymous
I am tak­ing this seri­ous because we as a peo­ple have been blind for too long and it’s about time we edu­cate our­selves with “the truth”!!! If you choose to wear a weave because of thin­ning issues that’s fine, that’s your choice I am not refer­ring to peo­ple with alope­cia and the such. Who I am refer­ring to are peo­ple with a per­fect­ly good head of hair hid­ing behind wigs, weaves, braids ect. so it does not sound like the shoe fits here, but if it does please feel free to wear it :) Wendy Williams shows no slack to… Read more »
NubianPrize
Why do you even care about what oth­er folks think & do with their hair? & like CLAW said, why do you take this so seri­ous­ly when it’s not even your hair?. The impor­tant thing is for you to do what you want with your hair. I’ve known folks with thy­roid issues who’ve had hair fall out & many wore wigs to cov­er their hair because it was so thin or had bald patch­es. Same for folks who’ve had perms & got­ten alope­cia. I have 2 friends now who have scar­ring alope­cia ( from DECADES of perms) that’s given them… Read more »
Morgan
How are you guys going to tell some­one not to take it seri­ous? It was obvi­ous­ly seri­ous enough for Wendy to pub­licly air her so-called nat­u­ral hair. If it’s nobody’s busi­ness, then she should have kept the info to her­self. Shoot. You guys are the ones tak­ing it seri­ous, stand­ing up for Wendy like she was your sole meal tick­et. Who cares what she SAID about her own hair. If she’s going to jump on the nat­u­ral band­wag­on, then she needs to show what that mess looks like TODAY. She talked all that ish about Vio­la Davis, Wendy sure needs… Read more »
Shawna

Exact­ly, my hair has two big thin spots and it was so hard at first for me to do the big chop but I did. It takes time and if Wendy is not ready to show her nat­u­ral hair that is her right. I took it one day at a time and I still do one year lat­er.

HB
My first thought would be to say — “Oh, Wendy — you’re such a fame whore” [c’mon, you know you are]. On the oth­er hand, even if mean peo­ple help orphans, orphans are still helped, so if pop­u­lar­i­ty is the cause of her chang­ing her mind, then great. She has a HUGE plat­form and audi­ence and will no doubt change the minds of peo­ple in media, cor­po­rate Amer­i­ca and the world. She should pub­licly apol­o­gize to Vio­la Davis for that neg­a­tive crit­i­cism though. That was bad. Let’s keep it 100. As more famous peo­ple go nat­u­ral, many wom­en become less afraid… Read more »
Anonymous

I think some celebri­ties now see that nat­u­ral hair is more accept­able and love all the rage and are look­ing for a way to jump on board with­out the com­mit­ment and with­out hav­ing to go through the entire process (tran­si­tion­ing or big chop­ping) to be nat­u­ral. Dont not be con­fused there is a rite of pas­sage that we all must take to be con­sid­ered nat­u­ral those who take it, great you are strong those who fake it you’re all wrong.…they rachet!!!! lol

eatmydessertfirst

I don’t know about a “Rite of Pas­sage” to be con­sid­ered nat­u­ral. I think that’s part of the prob­lem that caus­es the “elit­ism” in the nat­u­ral com­mu­ni­ty.

angy
I agree and I am sick of this big chop crap. I will get there but please don’t take my black card as I pro­ceed cauti­souly. Im just learn­ing how to take care of my hair after years of braids and I am sick of feel­ing less than black because I have not tak­en this big chop/rite of pas­sage. Its start­ing a divide with sis­ters and I don’t think it’s right. Its all our hair, its just what we decid­ed to do with it. you are either Unprocessed or processed. The seman­tics are get­ting ridicu­lous. white wom­en aren’t fight­ing over… Read more »
Anonymous

NO ma’am the rite of pas­sage means deal­ing with the ups and downs of nat­u­ral hair and learn­ing how to man­age your own tex­ture with­out the aid of chem­i­cals.

jewellthief

and deal­ing w/ the crit­i­cism from friends, fam­i­ly, etc.

EG
I dis­agree. The rite of pas­sage I believe the young lady is refer­ring to is not hid­ing your hair behind any­thing, wigs/weaves/braids or flat iron­ing your hair. The truth of the mat­ter is that kinky hair is still looked down upon even in the nat­u­ral hair com­mu­ni­ty. You have to be a nat­u­ral (who wears your own hair out) to under­stand the hos­til­i­ty that some have towards you just for wear­ing your hair as god intend­ed. The only ‘elit­ism’ that I see in the black hair com­mu­ni­ty is this need to turn kinks into culrs and this love inter­est with… Read more »
Fia
So… If I were my hair kinky, I’m talked about. If I use a lit­tle eco styler gel, I’m talked about.. Bull­shit. THe beau­ty of being nat­u­ral is that I can wear it kinky, I can twist it, I can straight­en it– and I can do that all on my own. This nat­u­ral shit is get­ting ridicu­lous. Are we real­ly look­ing at each oth­er, scop­ing out who is doing twist outs, and using cer­tain prod­ucts? Wow. I don’t see any­thing wrong with manip­u­lat­ing your hair any­way you can and please. Wear it kinky, boun­cy curls, gelled to hell- do you.… Read more »
Marie
Yes this kinks to curls thing doesn’t go away. On anoth­er pop­u­lar hair site that main­ly fea­tures curlies, I have noticed some of the kinky heads on there describ­ing their hair as loose in the back or 3c/4a here or there added to a clear resent­ment of that unco­op­er­a­tive 4c wherever it may be (usu­al­ly the major­i­ty of their hair). Is there such a des­per­a­tion and need to be on the curly side of the street? The nat­u­ral com­mu­ni­ty today is very dif­fer­ent to the all embrac­ing all encom­pass­ing polit­i­cal one of the 70s. It real­ly isn’t about wear­ing your… Read more »
jeanettesdaughter
yep. you got it right. is any oth­er peo­ple so com­plete­ly obsessed by hair and looks as we are? black peo­ple want you to have good hair which does not trans­late as kinky or nap­py. peri­od. and with that they would rather you not be too black. what­ev­ere that means. per­son­al­ly, i have no inten­tion of spend­ing the same or more on prod­ucts as i used to spend try­ing to con­form to some­one else’s ideas about me. and let’s face it — most of us are not enter­tain­ers and we do not have to come up with a look that… Read more »
Anonymous

I can’t wait until this “Curly Nat­u­ral Hair upris­ing” ceas­es. Let the real mean­ing of being nat­u­ral stand up!!! Don’t get me wrong if your hair is nat­u­ral­ly curly then I am not refer­ring to you only the “Curl seek­ers” who buy up all the ECO styler gel!!!

Anonymous

Amen I couldn’t have said it bet­ter myself. Thank you

Bridget

ITA! I was born nat­u­ral. My hair nat­u­ral­ly grows from my head this way. There was no rite of pas­sage.

sparkspop

I agree!

Venus

Exact­ly!!!

Venus

Lol I’ve been nat­u­ral 2 yrs now… What is this rite of pas­sage you speak of?

hyspin

Sor­ry, I rather see it to believe it. I recall watch­ing one show of hers, a while back, where she says she would nev­er leave the house with­out her weave. So if she does that (go weave-less in pub­lic) I will be impressed oth­er wise I just con­sid­er it a jump the band­wag­on com­ment.

Coi

Wendy said long before the whole vio­la Davis thing that her hair was nat­u­ral but it was very thin. She prefers weaves because her hair is fine which is prone to break­age, plus with weaves ad wigs she can have ver­si­tile looks with­out putting stress on here hair. Her hair isn’t kinky the pic­ture she showed looked like it had waves. She claimed she had good hair this was dur­in the movie craze of “good hair”.

Vee

Agreed. I love Wendy to death (she is a ball of fun crazi­ness), but she has stat­ed mul­ti­ple times that show­ing off her nat­u­ral hair is not for her and that she would not get caught with­out a wig on :P

I think at the end of the day, peo­ple need to do what makes them hap­py whether that is nat­u­ral, wig, weave or what­ev­er!

kfortune

very true! she is adamant about her wigs and weave and she is quite beaut­ful! but when its all said & done we must do what inspires us as indi­vid­u­als!

amy
You know Wendy might have said this because she does­nt know how to PROPERLY take care of her own hair. I believe that the rea­son why many black wom­en resort to wigs or weaves or perms is not because they do not like their hair, it is because they do not know how to prop­er­ly main­tain healthy hair that includes less break­age and keep­ing it clean and mois­tur­ized. I know that for me that is why I chose to do relax­ers and then braids all through high school. I did­nt know how to prop­er­ly wash my hair with­out it get­ting… Read more »
Cy

+1

amy

wow based on her atti­tude and how demean­ing she is, I would’ve thought she would be the last per­son to com­ment or have nat­u­ral hair. But I would not be sur­prised if more celebs start to show­case their own hair. They wear weaves so much in this indus­try I for­get that some of them may be grow­ing their own hair under­neath it all.

kfortune

I dont per­ceive her as demean­ing but she does “keep it 100”..great to see the child­hood pic of her..but i agree she should show­case her nat­u­ral hair

kiki

RIGHT!! lmaooo . thats like when New York showed of her natural…i was like o_0 WTF?!?!

yasmine

NY’s hair was fly­yyyy though! lol

Landry
I am with a tal­ent agent and have worked on a cou­ple of com­mer­cials and one tele­vi­sion show. I have noticed that most of the time, the pro­duc­tion team of what­ev­er is being mar­ket­ed be it a cer­tain gro­cery store, or com­pa­ny, they want the char­ac­ters to have a speci­fic look. That is why many African-Amer­i­can actress­es resort to wigs and weaves. The wear and tear of straight­en­ing and styling from day to day can com­plete­ly dam­age the hair. I am a 9 mon­th nat­u­ral and I love baby­ing my hair, I wash it and con­di­tion every week and I… Read more »
Barbara

Que???? 90 per­cent of com­mer­cials (no exag­ger­a­tion) fea­ture black wom­en with nat­u­ral hair and have for years. I’ve noticed this way before going nat­u­ral too and the looks range from TWA to ‘from to braid outs to loose curls.

Fia
I have noticed for years that any com­mer­cial for insur­ance, food, invest­ment firms, med­i­ci­nes, legal ser­vices USUALLY fea­ture wom­en with nat­u­ral hair. Any beau­ty pro­duct meant to enhance looks (make­up, Vic­to­ria Secret, hair col­or, etc) usu­al­ly fea­tures wom­en of col­or with straight or euro-look­ing hair­styles. It’s as if the ad indus­try under­stands that as a peo­ple, we have inse­cu­ri­ties with regard to our hair and by show­ing some­one with nat­u­ral hair when adver­tis­ing insur­ance, med­i­cine, MCDonald’s, deodor­ant, and invest­ment pack­ages, we can “trust” those prod­ucts. A wom­an with a weave is no less trust­wor­thy than a wom­an with kinky coils,… Read more »
Diva
your obser­va­tions are cor­rect how­ev­er, the bot­tom line adver­tis­ing is not to build or crush the self-esteem or image of black wom­en with nat­u­ral hair the pur­pose is to appeal to the larg­er buy­ing demo­graph­ic. Many peo­ple may be sur­prised to know African Amer­i­can own­er­ship is promi­nent in the fran­chised Fast food restau­rant we call Mc Donald’s. On aver­age how many black wom­en are pay­ing any­where from a $100 to $200 for one match­ing bra and panty set 14 times over at Vic­to­ria Secrets? How large a demo­graph­ic of black wom­en are pur­chas­ing Lan­come or Clin­ique’ not to say they… Read more »
amy

90%? I beg to dif­fer, but I am not say­ing that ALLL cast­ing direc­tors REQUIRE the straight hair but most of them do. But it does­nt only stop at nat­u­ral or straight hair. If they are look­ing for a male a female, red head, blonde, brunet­te, gray, what­ev­er then that is who they cast or they change the person’s look to play the role. For exam­ple the show Han­nah Mon­tana. Han­nah wore the blonde wig but Miley wore her nat­u­ral brown hair. Again it is just to match the part you are play­ing

Landry

Amy’s right. Most cast­ing direc­tors have a speci­fic look in mind, and from my expe­ri­ence, most prefer straight hair. I think some actress­es who reach a cer­tain point have more of a say in char­ac­ter devel­op­ment and appear­ance, but when you are just start­ing out, you need to be as flex­i­ble as pos­si­ble with your look.

Likewaterforchocolate
Likewaterforchocolate

I am on the side of Amy and Landry, because they have lived what they are talk­ing about and are in the busi­ness.

I do applaud you for not “per­ma­nent­ly dam­ag­ing your hair for a tem­po­rary sit­u­a­tion”. I remem­ber Tem­pestt Bled­soe doing an inter­view and stat­ing that her lack of roles in Hol­ly­wood was due in large part to her nat­u­ral hair. I didn’t real­ly under­stand because she would not have to straight­en her hari because there are soooo many oth­er alter­na­tives avail­able to black wom­en.

amy

yea same here! I know that cast­ing direc­tors want a cer­tain look so for that I would change my look. I would­nt even think about allow­ing them to touch my real hair because unfor­tu­nate­ly many only know how to style straight hair. So for some celebri­ties I know that they do not wear weaves because they dont like their own hair, but it is bc it is more con­ve­nient and with their busy sched­ules they do not have enough time alot­ted to pay atten­tion to their own hair at all times.

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