We can definitely appreciate the light banter on the subject, but all jokes aside I think I have some really great suggestions that could solve this problem.
I hate to think that because you are black you always have to travel with your own stylist and your own products but if we are really trying to give this whole investing in the black experience a shot then why not.
With that said here are 5 things a celebrity can do when she wants to rock her natural hair on the set of a movie.
1. Give a natural hair stylist a shot
There are so many talented stylists on Instagram and Youtube, and I know that celebs cruise the same social media channels we do or at least they have people that can find a woman or man who needs a shot at styling celebrity hair.
2. Bring your own products
I do not think it is unrealistic at all for a celeb to have her staples in her trailer, so if skittles are your thing, then why not have your favorite brand of hair products as well.
Viola should have never made that lady squeeze any white goo in her hair, I was like, girl you know better!
3. Demand respect with regards to the people that service you
I believe in the trickle down effect and if a celebrity is demanding that her stylist knows how to style her natural hair as well as do some weave then it will force the industry to pay more attention. I think it is just as important for a white stylist to be familiar with all textures of hair as a black stylist is.
If a black stylist attends hair school she needs to learn how to take care of caucasian hair as well as black hair if she wants to work in the black community. The same should be for a white stylist even if he or she does not have to care for black hair all the time.
4. Wear your natural hair
There is this idea in Hollywood that you have to keep your natural hair protected from constant styling, and believe me I get it, but part of me thinks it’s because of the lack of styling diversity as well.
When black women demand that their people know how to care for their real hair and keep it healthy things will change in the industry. Weaves and wigs* can be a crutch for the stylist as well!
At the end of the day, I know a celebrity has to do what makes sense for them, but I do think if they have natural hair and they demand more, people will start to pay attention.
Comment below and let us know how you feel about the Viola Davis story and what would you have suggested.
who else really loves this ?
Jashjuana Fox says
They are all confused. Need to get Keisha, from the Westside. J/s
Jenise Faulkner says
I mean, is she the only black celebrity with natural hair or with her type of hair? C’mon now.
Naomi Charles says
No, but that’s the thing. Very few women of colour get jobs as stylists in Hollywood.
Sabrina Ratkowski says
Naomi Charles says
Sometimes I watch the hair styles, wigs and weaves if some jack actresses in movies, soaps and tv shows and think what the hell! My girls on you tube would do such a bomb job.
Shae Shae JW says
She needs a traveling stylist to go with her to certain events.
Rossa Clarke-White says
Is your stylist white?
Johari Kafi says
So do it yourself.
Robin Chandler says
Maybe they should get a stylist that’s more familiar with it…..plenty would love the opportunity
Leillah Sekla says
I feel like she can afford a personal hair stylist now.
Maybe it’s just me, but I would have spoken up. It’s my hair, and I’m not going to allow anyone to put something in it if I don’t know what it is, no matter what color the stylist is.
Hazel Gray says
I need someone to br ablr to analyze my hair type
Kimra Lazette says
I wonder why they don’t requests a stylist. Is that not possible? To just say….I want a black natural stylist and drop a name. I mean Shonda Rhimes sat with Oprah and couldn’t ask for her girl’s number?
Anthony Gillians says
White stylists in a black woman’s hair? That’s what you she means.. obviously.