My life, through my hair Celeb hair jour­neys

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents - – CHRISTIE BRINK­LEY, MODEL AND AC­TRESS

Wear­ing my nat­u­ral hair at the 2012 Os­cars was a rev­e­la­tion be­cause we’re told so of­ten how we’re ‘sup­posed’ to look like. We’re told nat­u­ral hair isn’t for­mal. We spend our en­tire lives with mem­o­ries of straight­en­ing combs, weaves that take seven hours to put in, try­ing out a myr­iad of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts. To fi­nally dare to step out with my hair was my way of deny­ing all of that. It was a re­def­i­ni­tion of a def­i­ni­tion. It cat­a­pulted me into my quest for au­then­tic­ity.

I find that there are not as many peo­ple – men – who pay at­ten­tion to you when you’re nat­u­ral. No­tice I said ‘many’. This said, ‘many’ de­pends on the tight­ness of the curl, the length of the ‘Fro, whether you’re dark skinned or light skinned, and how old you are. But when peo­ple do see you, they re­ally see you. My hus­band, Julius Ten­non, loves my nat­u­ral hair. I tell sin­gle women all the time, “All you need is one per­son who loves you.” It doesn’t mat­ter if the whole room pays at­ten­tion to you.

I sim­ply see my hair as me. My hair is my way of be­long­ing to my­self. It takes so much ef­fort to put on that mask of ac­cep­tance. It’s so much work – there’s less en­ergy to love and be present in your life. When I wear my hair nat­u­ral, I’m giv­ing my­self per­mis­sion to be au­then­tic. – VI­OLA DAVIS, AC­TRESS

When I was a lit­tle kid, my mom would trim my fringe when it was time to get school pic­tures taken. If I knew that was com­ing, I’d get the scis­sors and cut them my­self. I thought I was be­ing so help­ful. I thought I was go­ing to make her so proud. I have so many funny pic­tures be­cause I’d have th­ese chops all around my face. I cut my own kids’ hair, too, and I knew they’d reached a stage of grown-up-ness when they’d say, “Uhm, mom, I would like to go to the salon.” I think hair rep­re­sents pe­ri­ods of time: just like an item of cloth­ing or a song can take you back, so can a hairdo. It’s like a lit­tle time ma­chine. I think it’s won­der­ful when any­thing can jog a mem­ory.

I have curly hair, and I’m wear­ing it like that [more of­ten]. I think that’s very rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the fact that I don’t want to feel like I need any­thing. We’ve all got­ten to a place, once or twice, where hair be­comes over­whelm­ing, like a sec­ond job you don’t get paid for. Now it’s a mys­tery what’s go­ing to hap­pen when I get out of the shower, and I like that. Do I have a lit­tle more swag when my hair is pur­ple? I’d like to think so, but no one has given me that com­pli­ment. – NICOLE RICHIE, AC­TRESS

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