Celebrity Hairstylists Say Hollywood Still Doesn’t Accept Black Hair: ‘They Don’t Understand What Our Fight Is’
, 2022-11-04 15:49:30,
“Black hair is both stigmatized and celebrated,” according to the “The Hair Tales” trailer. It’s also called “resilient.” The question not addressed in the docuseries promo: when will it be accepted in Hollywood?
Black women’s hair has long been a popular topic before it took center stage in the Tracee Ellis Ross-led documentary series, and that discussion hasn’t necessarily translated into mainstream media acceptance. But, according to hairstylists Fesa Nu and Felicia Leatherwood, the move has prompted an attitude shift within Black Hollywood as artists have stopped seeking validation from the powers that be and instead are choosing to simply wear the hair that makes them happiest.
Most known for her work with sister duo Chloe and Halle Bailey, Nu recognizes the strength of the next generation of star power in making change. While Nu describes Chloe as always loving her hair during their time together, the “Treat Me” singer opens up in the docuseries about her own journey from young actor to acting and singing phenom with a lesser-known story.
Chloe’s hair has been loc’d all of her life, but in the sixth episode of the Hulu series titled “Deeply Rooted,” she shares how her parents were told to change their daughters’ hair if they wanted them to book more on-camera work. Their solution for a brief time was to hide their locs under a wig.
It was one of the first times she felt pressure from the industry to alter herself for the consumption of others. But, the singer always opted not to conform to those pressures, despite the calls from those within the industry.
“For me, even though I would hear certain comments about changing who I was or changing the hair, it never really connected,” said Chloe in the episode. “It’s all I’ve ever known, so I didn’t really think there was anything different.”
That attitude was instilled in both Chloe and her sister at a young age due to their parents’ insistence to keep their children’s spirits intact as they navigated such a daunting industry. Though, perhaps it shouldn’t be considered so revolutionary that these two young stars admire the hair they’ve always known.
Following the start of the entertainment industry’s racial reckoning, Nu explains more of Black Hollywood’s players decided to reclaim the reigns on their image, calling the shots on their own hair and makeup looks, and calling out the…
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