Everyone is familiar with the Wayans family. How could you not know of this huge family; it seems like all 1000s of them are in the Entertainment industry. Well among the family there is a female star, Kim Wayans.
Kim has been in the sitcoms “In the House” with L.L. Cool J, appeared on numerous episodes with her brothers, The Wayans Brothers, and she even writes books for children to read. Well now she is being known for something else — her gorgeous natural hair.
I remember watching Kim on TV and wondering why she would never do anything with her hair. Well there were the times that she wore braids and I thought she looked beautiful with them. But After seeing how gorgeous she looks with her natural hair, I am unsure as to why she would have ever wanted to hide it. Of course back then natural hair was not openly (partially) accepted as it is today so I guess that is the reason.
Her natural hair appears to be in the Type 4 range. Most people hate having Type 4 hair because it is perceived as being less “glamorous” but depending on your style, you can rock it just as fabulous as any other hair type. Kim’s afro seems to bring out her eyes and her beautiful skin and I’m happy to see another sistah’ embracing her natural texture she was given.
Recalling an article I read on Ms. Wayans during an interview with a hair blogger CurlyNikki, she explains of how she “grew” into this natural state.
“I’ve never had a perm. My mom didn’t have that… we all wanted one of course, because everybody wanted the hair that swung, and this didn’t swing [Laughs].
She was very much about loving your natural hair and said to all of us girls that when you turn 18, you can do whatever you want with your hair, but right now, in this household, there’s gonna be no perming. So we just had to tie sweaters on our head and swing those from side to side [Laughs].”
She goes on to explain of how she got to where she is today.
“So I never got a perm and when I left home, I never really wanted one. I would hot comb my hair or wear braids because I really didn’t know what to do with my natural hair… I just knew that I didn’t want to put chemicals in it. Like back in the day on In Living Color and A Different World, I wore it pressed and then I graduated to braided styles and wore that for many years. And when I got tired of the braids falling out in the swimming pool [Laughter]… you know, you’re thinking you’re all cute and everything and then an extension falls out… I looked up and my hair was floating in the pool! A guy was like, ‘excuse me miss, I think this is your hair!’. So that, plus I was just ready for a change. I didn’t want to be a slave to the braids anymore… I just got the urge. I wanted to rock my natural hair without the braids, without anything.” – Kim Wayans.
Now that is what you call inspiration. For the rest of the interview you can go here to see how she gets her highly favored fro.
Ijanei Smith has been into healthy hair practices since the age of nine. Learning different techniques to gain optimal health to her own hair through trial and error, she aims to spread the knowledge with other African-American women who are struggling with their hair as well.
Her philosophy is “to know better is to do better,” and when it comes to ensuring she spreads her knowledge of growing or maintaining hair, there is no limit or trial she is not willing to try.
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