Newly natural, Thandie Newton, wears her hair in a fabulous updo for the premiere of Tyler Perry’s, Good Deeds. It has not been too long since she shared her hair story to close friend and make up artist Kay Montano. A few weeks in and she is still sticking to her beautiful curly locs.
Ultimately, the goal is to be free to do whatever you want with your hair. But what we ‘want’ is influenced by so many factors. When I was little I insisted my parents stopped calling me Thandie because it was so ‘different,’ my desire was influenced by a community where the way I looked was not celebrated, where my uniqueness was seen as suspect. Whatever we are repelled by, or don’t want — right there is the bud to a root we need to dig up and investigate.