How Natural Hair Icon Teyonah Parris Learnt To Embrace Her Natural Hair

In the natural hair community, certain people stand out for different reasons. It could be as a result of their stance on the natural hair movement or simply because of the appearance of their hair which is always nicely styled so much that it becomes a source of envy/inspiration. One of the people who fall into the latter category is Hollywood actress Teyonah Parris who has been natural since 2010; just about the time the natural hair movement fully began. For a long time, I didn’t know that she was an actress. I always thought she was popular because of her perfect natural hair.

In a new interview with NewAfricanWoman, she reveals how and why she decided to ditch the LYE and return to her roots. I’m sure you’re curious so read the excerpts below.

How she manages such big hair:

I mean, it’s the hair that came out of my head, so it’s literally learning how to style it, how to love it, how to care for it. I’ve had the pleasure to work with Felicia Leatherwood, who has taught me so much about my hair. It’s all about learning, it’s a learning process.

Her exact reason for going natural:

Hair can be an accessory like anything else, you don’t have to be natural. For me, it was really about self-acceptance. And from that point, if I can wake up as God made me and then decide if I want to have straight hair or put on a wig today, that’s fine. It’s a choice. But it wasn’t a choice for me before, I felt like I had to look a certain way, and I would like young women to know that you don’t have to look like anything or what anybody says you should look like. You can look like yourself just like God made you. You’re unique! You don’t have to bend, lighten and straighten to look like somebody else. You’re beautiful just the way you are. It’s only right, to learn to love and accept that.

How she learned to accept her natural hair:

There was a moment when I realised, I am manipulating myself to look like something else. What do I actually look like? And I really wanted to know. So that began, a year of figuring out the transitioning process, and how to love and accept myself as I am.

Such an enlightening interview. For anyone still struggling with accepting their natural hair, I hope this helps.

For more, head over to the NewAfricanWoman.



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