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Wearing Natural Hair as a Celebrity

This article was originally written by Kimberly Elise.

People ask me all the time about my natural hair.

I meet women every day who want to wear their hair in its natural state, but don’t feel quite ready yet.

I understand. It’s a personal and sometimes very emotional journey. And the stigma linked to the texture and quality of a black woman’s hair has made us all extremely sensitive to how others will judge us – not to mention how we will judge ourselves.

I have met school-age girls all the way to top executives at major corporations who are moved to tears over their longing, yet fear of wearing their hair in its natural state.

I understand, and it wasn’t always easy for me either. That’s why I developed the Kinky Coily Care Kit. I wanted to offer a premium quality, clean beauty line for African American women with coarse, kinky hair textures. Our beautiful, textured hair deserves to be honored with premium, naturally-derived ingredients and with formulations that are not drying or causing an itchy scalp.  And, I will tell you from my personal experience, that learning to care for my “kinky, coily” natural hair has been the single greatest thing I’ve done for my “outer beauty” self – above all else!

For me, my natural hair is the truest reflection of my authentic inner self: original, bold, against the grain, sometimes rough, sometimes soft, blossoming, vibrant glowing…me!

Now for my work, depending on the truth of the character, I will wear various wigs and hairpieces authentic to the character. And I love this freedom as a woman and an actress! And though more and more actresses are taking out their weaves and removing their wigs, there was a time when I would go to an industry event, and be the only black woman there with tight, kinky, cottony hair.

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I’m glad that more actresses are feeling increasingly liberated and comfortable to step onto the red carpet au natural. It’s an exciting time! Still, there are times when I feel we have a ways to go, namely because so many people are uneducated about the care and keeping of natural hair.

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I look forward to the day when I can walk into any hair and make up trailer, and feel comfortable that every stylist in there feels confident, is well trained, and is licensed in not only styling my hair kinks beautifully for the cameras, but preserving the health of my hair as well.

Until then, I choose to focus on the wonderful steps we have made! See you on the red carpet!

Love & Light,

Ariane (Editor-in-Chief)

I am Ariane, full-time curly crusader, wife and mom. On this website we offer natural hair products, FREE natural hair tips, style ideas and support. More about my hair journey can be found here.

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