Keke Palmer - 2011 NAACP Image Awards

Actress Keke Palmer is an undercover natural! The 19-year-old actress and singer, known for her leading roles in Akeelah and the Bee and Madea’s Family Reunion took to Twitter yesterday to reveal the fro she’s been hiding beneath some slick weaves. Keke posted the photo with the caption “My hair!”, and was met with generally positive comments from her fans!


Angela Simmons and Rapper Lil Mama did the same thing in 2011 and 2012 respectively, but weren’t met with such positive feedback.

Ladies, what do you think?

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101 Comments on "Actress Keke Palmer Reveals Her Natural Hair on Instagram!"

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What’s up with her stupid expression? So you smile when your hair’s straight, then grimace when it’s not?

Delicia Gaston

I just wish that wasn’t her reaction to her natural hair….it’s far more beautiful than the weave she sports ??


but the stank face she has “rocking” it. so…


I think she perned it because she got a pixie cut. I like her full natural hair better.


Great hair but is she going to poop? I would like to see that hair now on TV and not only her slick weave. Why always hiding natural hair behind the scene?


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Props for the photo. Though I wonder why she chose a photo with the expression on her face says she hates her hair.


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her hair is like a garden, she shuld mow tht lawn.
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Anyomi Selasi

Keke Palmer, I see you are a very beautiful lady, singer and actress.The best movie you actered which I like is Akeelah and the Bee.
Are you really a great speller? Please send the answer to my mail.
Thank you.


I think That these Black women celebs should Be proud of their natural hair… I’m a 13 year old who LOVES MY natural hair, and I am my inspiration, but For those kinky-curly girls who want someone to look up to, These black female celebs aren’t representing us by all of their silky weaves… I haven’t seen enough black Females who show off their kinks, curls, and waves with PRIDE. THAT’S who we are, Kinky-Curly QUEENS, not Blacks who want to fit in with whites. Let’s set our own style!


Awww, you are so cute. Love your black pride. Keep it up! I agree with you. Not enough celebs are repping but if we regular folks are rocking it, the media has no choice but to take notice and catch up.


Love it..

How come we never see most of these celebs with their natural hair on the red carpet? just on IG and FB….hmmm…


I wish there were more black women celebrities like janelle monae and eryka badu who weren’t afraid to wear their natural hair! It’s so inspiring to see them embracing all parts of their blackness instead of showing young black girls that they need straight hair via perms or weaves in order to be pretty or desirable


people are making WAY too big a deal about the facial expression.. she’s being silly, and what she IS: a kid, so leave her alone, and stop over analyzing this!


whether you wear weaves regularly or your natural hair out all the time, we all have days where we feel like this about our hair. it’s just a face. and even if she doesn’t like her hair like that, that’s her prerogative. if you love your natural hair, then yell it to the sky, but don’t criticize someone if they don’t. besides, i’d say she likes her hair since she posted the pic to begin with.


At first I actually felt that she was somehow communicating the words “PRIDE” by making that face…not disgust.


She’s making that face because her hair is hard to manage when it’s like that & she can hardly comb through it. She only wanted to take a silly pic, being that most of her pics are her out on public or on the red carpet & she looks really extravagant in most of them. I hate that people blow harmless, fun pics like this out of proportion.


Why is she scrunching her mouth. She should be smiling!


I love that you post theses celebs with their natural hair. It shows that they go through the same things that we – and our daughters go through daily. Bravo to them for not being afraid to post the pics too!


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ilove this young lady very much but i know thats not her hair too different texture i can see from the side and the make believe part i can see the different. still love her


All these comments shows how deep the issues surrounding natural hair are.Until we change our mind and how we view our hair things will not change.

Gen 1:31 “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good”….

Psalms 139:14 “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”

Eph 4:23 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.


*Eph 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind


But why is her face so pale…..thats the only thing i could consentrate on…

And one thing i wish is to see these celebs hair styled…..not fresh out of a weave >_>

Pretty girl though

sigh. on the one hand i am thrilled to see more and more young black women “revealing” their natural hair. (i would like to see vanessa williams’ hair! the beauty queen not the other one. now THAT would be a major statement to the hollywood crowd.) recently, at a book signing for tanarive due at a local college here in atlanta, the majority of black girls in the audience wore natural hair of all lengths, textures and styles. that was refreshing to see, the hair as well as so many in college! on the other hand all the talk about… Read more »

Full and lovely hair!

Its a growing trend. Black women are realizing that they are being cast in bad light for never showing their real hair in a time when black women appear to be obessesed with straight flowing tresses & never a curly/kinky hairstyle can you find on a red carpet. They want to show their support and pride they have abt their hair in a small way BUT if they were really proud of their hair, we’d see them out n about with their real tresses. Its a long journey i think before black women with kinky, coily hair will feel like… Read more »
Young people are not the only ones who makes these faces. I make faces like this whether my hair is in braids, straightened or natural. I will not completely tell my age but I do have a 20 year old daughter. We go to Xmas balls in our pretty dresses & make faces because it’s just fun. Of course we do take politically correct pictures because my husband is an NCO in the Army. We like to mix up our hair styles to suit our lifestyles. When it’s school time because of hectic schedules we rock weaves & braids. When… Read more »

I liked the face. I thought it was just silly until I started reading comments about people saying it was because she didn’t like her hair. If she thought it was that bad she wouldn’t have posted it online. Idk I thought it was funny. Why so serious guys?

No offense, but that’s not the point. I don’t think it’s such a big deal except for the fact that by making the face she is 1. making a statement about how she feels about the hair 2. in publishing it on IG, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t think “it was that bad”.. she is probably a bold person who doesn’t care (there could be a million reasons,.. like she wants to make other people with “African hair types” that she is “normal too”.. whatever)… >> 3(!) BY making that face she is promoting the attitude that natural hair is… Read more »

I think you’re looking way too hard into this. She’s just making a silly face and posting a photo of her hair.


OR maybe she’s just a young adult & takes stupid silly photo’s like the rest of teens/young adults these days on FB/instagram/twitter.


I agree with that other commenter, you’re looking way into it. For all you know she’s making that face in a sense of “my hair isn’t styled yet, bad hair day.” I mean can’t we naturals have a bad hair day just like everyone else? Or what…? I consider it a bad hair day if I stretched out my hair so much that I lost a curl pattern and I have no time to rectify it. I mean we naturals have amazing curl patterns and its great to show that off. Don’t automatically judge her as a self-hating natural.